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Yesterday at the British Open

Yesterday at the British Open

It was a mixed day for Karakal players in yesterday 1st round matches at the 2018 Allam British Open in Hull with a convincing win for Tesni Evans, and defeats for Cameron Pilley, Greg Lobban and Chris Simpson.

Our day started with Cameron Pilley facing defending champion Gregory Gaultier.

Cameron played well but Gaultier was on his game as he dealt with everything the Australian threw at him to claim an 11-5, 11-7, 11-4.

“It was a very tricky first round, Cameron has had some good results and has beaten some top players in the past,” said Gaultier. “I knew I had to be ready and stay focused throughout the whole match and I couldn’t give him any angles because he is lethal."

Result: [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (45m)

Next up was Tesni Evans who recorded a resounding 3-0 win over qualifier Alexandra Fuller of South Africa.

Tesni will now face 4th seed Joelle King of New Zealand in Thursday's 2nd round.

Result: [11] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (30m)

Greg Lobban narrowly lost a gruelling 71-minute battle with India’s World No.13 Saurav Ghosal.

Ghosal took the opener before Greg claimed control of the match and found his targets well to take a decisive 2-1 lead. However, Ghosal refused to be beaten and mounted an impressive fightback to take the next two games and win 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3.

“It’s the British Open so you can’t expect any easy matches!” Said Ghosal following his win. “Greg has been playing really well and has been in good form so to go 2-1 down against him when he is playing like that is not good. I had a switch in my head where I just became a bit more proactive in what I was doing and my movement and shot making and I think that helped me.

Result: Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3 (71m)

After a impressive qualifying event Chris Simpson faced a tough 1st round match-up against 2nd seed Ali Farag.

Chris was celebrating his 400th PSA World Tour match but a dominant display from Farag saw him claim the win in 32 minutes to set up a second round meeting with Hong Kong’s Max Lee.

“It’s been an unfortunate time for Chris because of his injury,” said Farag. “He’s been coming up the rankings but he had to have a hip surgery and now he’s sitting at 40 in the world but he’s way above that. He’s not easy to play in the first round, I had to be on my mettle and I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Result [2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)

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