Joel Jettisons Diego At Canary Wharf Classic
14 Mar 2023
Welshman Joel Makin continued his fine recent form by knocking Peru's world No.2 Diego Elias out of the second round of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic in straight games to book his place in the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold level event at East Wintergarden in London.
The world No.11 made the semis of the Black Ball Open last week, and has continued his form into this week's tournament in London. Elias had the opportunity to go to world No.1 this week, but Makin was too good on the day, with his new attacking brand of squash proving too much for the Peruvian.
"That's the brand of squash I want to play. That's not a brand of squash I've played before or at this level, initiating attacks playing a better pace than the world's best players," said Makin.
"So yeah, I'm in a good place. I want to keep this going. I want to win these events."
In another significant day two upset at Canary Wharf, Baptiste Masotti recorded his career-first victory over Egypt's world No6 Marwan ElShorbagy. The unseeded Frenchman recovered from a game down to win 3-11, 11-6, 11-5 in 31 minutes.
The shock outcome takes Masotti through to a quarter-final clash with top-seeded Egyptian Mostafa Asal.