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WSF: Masterclass Performance As Gaultier Marches Into Semis

World Champion Gregory Gaultier continued to blast his way through the opposition at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals as he followed up a dominant first round victory over Simon Rösner by emphatically dispatching Australian Cameron Pilley after just 24 minutes of play in today’s second round match-up.

The 33-year-old played at a ferocious pace, making few errors, as he attacked from the off and utilised his supreme conditioning to put the pressure on Pilley in a masterclass performance that saw him drop just four points as he secured a berth in the semi-finals.

“I was really pumped up today,” said Gaultier. “I didn’t have the best start to 2016 due to a bad injury, but I’m coming back strong now.

“I can finally move smoothly, without pain, with a lot of flexibility in my foot, and a lot of power. It took a while, but now I’m back playing well and I’m really delighted to feel like I can play my shots, to move the way I want, and to see the ball like a big balloon.

“I knew it would be a big danger playing a best-of-three with Cameron, but I didn’t give him any cheap points, I was covering the court well and trying to make him work hard.

“I’m happy with how I raised my game. I’m almost back to my peak now, and I’m full of confidence. I’ve got no pressure on me anymore, I’ve done everything I wanted in my career, so everything I do now is a bonus.

“I just enjoy life, I enjoy being on the court, and every win is a bonus for me. Of course, I am going to try as hard as possible to win this event, I worked really hard to come back and win events like this. Winning these kinds of events are highlights of your career, so I hope that I can have another title like this one.”

Result:
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
2-0: 11-3, 11-1 (24m)

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