Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (51m)
Tall Aussie hard-hitter Cameron Pilley secured a comfortable victory in his first appearance at the Canary Wharf Classic since 2009 as he downed qualifier Mohamed Reda in a 50 minute first round encounter inside the East Wintergarden in London today.
The-Dutch-based man from Yamba has been in good form over the past few months and made just three unforced errors throughout the match as his greater experience on the glass-court stage and relaxed mood made the difference against a spirited Reda.
All three games began in similar fashion with the duo sticking with each other through a series of testing exchanges and sumptuous winners before Pilley gradually pulled away to make his class tell as he closed out the crucial exchanges in the decisive moments of all three.
Cameron Pilley: “It has been a few years since I last played here. I made the final in 2008, came back the year after, and this is my first time back since then. It’s good to be back.
“Me and Reda haven’t played since 2011 and I watched that match in preparation because I won then! It was a pretty high paced match, he made a few errors and gifted me a few points at the ends of the games, but it was a good match and I’m happy to get off three-love in that one.
“There aren’t too many tournaments that are sold out from the first round like this tournament. Maybe only a couple of tournaments like the Grasshopper come close.
“I’m 34 this year and touch wood I’ve not had too many injuries and the body has been keeping well over the past few years. I’m very happy with how things are going and I just have to keep it going.”