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Pilley stuns Matthew in Windy City

Pilley stuns Matthew in Windy City

Karakal's Cameron Pilley sent three-time World Champion Nick Matthew crashing out of the 2018 Windy City Open last night in Chicago.

Pilley put together one of his best ever performances against Matthew to secure his first win over the Englishman since 2015's Hong Kong Open.

Pilley took the first game 11-8, before Matthew battled back to claim the second 10-12, but from then on it was all Cameron as he played with confidence to close out the win 11-8, 11-7 in 67 minutes and reach the quarter-finals in Chicago for the first time in his career.

“We have played so many times in our career and I think that’s only my fourth ever win over him,” said Pilley following his win. “Given what Nick’s achieved over his whole career – he is one of the best ever players – and even though he is coming to the end of his career, I’m quite happy to notch up a win here in Chicago.

He continued “Because I haven’t had a lot of success against him you know that your game plan might be wrong. He has nullified that so many times before that you second guess how you want to play. In a way it’s a privilege to beat him in his last season because he’s so up for every tournament, and because he knows every city he visits will be the last time he competes there.”

Cameron will now face Egypt’s World No.3 Ali Farag in the quarter-finals tomorrow. Watch the action on SquashTV.

In the Women's even Tesni Evans was so close to another massive win as she had 4 match balls against world number 3 Nour El Tayeb, before losing in five.

tesni evans at 2018 windy city open

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