Australian Cameron Pilley recorded one of the biggest wins of his recent career as he dumped World Champion Gregory Gaultier out of the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open in straight games at the quarter-final stage to reach the last four of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time in his career.
The hard-hitting 33-year-old followed up his impressive five-game second round win over World No.7 Simon Rösner with an accomplished display against Gaultier, commanding the court and using his power to take advantage of the weary Frenchman and record one of his best ever wins.
In what was just his second ever victory over the World No.1 the man from Yamba had to fight off dogged French resistance in all three games, with the victory coming courtesy of two tie-break wins in which Pilley’s accuracy and ball placement were crucial.
“It’s strange because this whole tournament I haven’t really been thinking about getting anywhere,” said Pilley.
“I literally took it one match at a time, I didn’t even look at the draw to see who I’d play after I won my match yesterday and it’s working, because this is the first time I’ve ever made a World Series semi-final – after 14 years of trying!
“It was a tough match but I feel like I played exceptionally well. It didn’t even enter my head that he might be tired – you can’t think of those things and I’m experienced enough to know that if you give someone as good as him an opportunity he will take it. But mentally I think i wanted it more today and I’m really looking forward to playing in the semis tomorrow.
“I’m trying to stay calm and collected on court – after the tournament I’m sure I’ll look back on this as a good achievement but for now I’m just going to practice tomorrow, play tomorrow night, and see where it goes and hopefully I can play well again.”
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (44m)