Second Time Lucky For Makin In Maidstone
19 Jun 2017
After finishing as runner-up in 2016, Welshman Joel Makin claimed the 2017 Select Gaming Kent Open title after overpowering local hero Joshua Masters in straight games in the final of the PSA M10 event.
In front of a packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Kent, top seed Makin dominated the match as a tired Masters looked to win points in a hurry.
Masters, the fourth seed from Kent who ousted No.2 seed Todd Harrity to reach the final, was bidding to become the county's first winner of the event in its eight-year history.
On the hottest day of the year, with temperatures approaching 30 degrees, the ball flew around the court as both players struggled to adapt to the conditions.
Makin settled into a comfortable rhythm early on and quickly built an 8-1 lead before Masters got a few more points on the board.
Makin closed out the game 11-5 and soon led 5-1 in the second. Masters pulled it back to 3-5 but Makin powered through to close out the game 11-4.
Masters produced his best squash in the third game, leading 5-4 and then 8-6, but Makin soaked up the pressure and won five points in a row to win the title.
A delighted Makin, who now boasts two PSA World Tour titles, said: "Josh had some hard games this week and was obviously feeling the effects but I felt good all week and I felt I was moving well.
"I have had a good season and it's great to end the season on a winning note.
"It's been a superb tournament and the players all appreciate the way they are looked after here at The Mote."
Masters, who beat the Welsh No.1 the last time they met, two years ago, revealed: "It was one match too many, I guess. There wasn't much left in the tank after some hard matches this week and I was disappointed that I didn't give Joel a better game."