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Makin (left) and Dessouky on court in Nantes

Makin Battles Back To Defeat Dessouky To Reach Semis In Nantes

After losing the first game, Welshman Joel Makin battled back to take the victory over Fares Dessouky to reach the semi finals of the Open de France – Nantes.

The World No.12 ran out into a big lead in the first, but Dessouky reeled off nine points out of 11 to come back from 9-3 down to win it 12-10.

However, Makin would not be denied the victory, as he fought back to take the second game 11-5. As the match got scrappy towards the end, the Welshman showed his mental strength to take the win in the third, booking his spot in the last four.

“I knew I had to take the middle back away from him because towards the end of the first game, he made himself big and he played a lot of flat kills which were effective, making me work around him,” Makin admitted.

“I enjoyed it three years ago when I last came and it has just got bigger. There are a lot of good players here, which is great. All the players enjoyed it from the very start, especially with a good crowd and a great atmosphere.”

Result – Men’s Quarter Final: Open de France – Nantes
[3] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 2-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-8 (57m)

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