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Makin Shocks Coll in Australian Open Quarters

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Welsh World No.82 Joel Makin bridged a gap of over 50 places in the World Rankings to achieve a stunning win over defending champion Paul Coll in the quarter-final of the Australian Open, PSA M15 tournament held at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Coll, who defeated Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley in last year’s final, had been in spell-binding form of late having won three successive PSA World Tour titles in addition to racking up 14 straight wins.

After ending home favourite Zac Alexander’s 31-match unbeaten run the previous day, World No.31 Coll came into his fixture with Makin as the heavy favourite, but it was Birmingham-based Makin who came out on top with an immaculate 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 victory seeing the 21-year-old reach his first ever PSA M15 semi-final.

Makin’s superb win means that he will face Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the final after the number three seed fought back from a game down to see off India’s Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu.

The other quarter-final fixtures saw New Zealand’s Cambell Grayson and England’s Joe Lee, seeds two and four, respectively, play to their seedings. Grayson powered to victory against Switzerland’s Reiko Peter, while Lee, who last week won the Victorian Open, dispatched Rhys Dowling to set up a semi-final clash with Grayson.

Results – Quarter-Final: Australian Open 2016
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [1] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2
[3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [5] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt Rhys Dowling (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-8
[2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [6] Reiko Peter (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-5

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Semi-Final: Order of Play (all times are local GMT+10)
19:45 [4] Joe Lee (ENG) v [2] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
21:15 [7] Joel Makin (WAL) v [3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)

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