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Diego Elias (left) takes on Joel Makin (right) in round three of the U.S. Open

U.S. Open RD3: Immaculate Elias Dispatches Makin

A masterclass of a performance from World No.7 Diego Elias saw the Peruvian come through a tricky third round fixture against Welshman Joel Makin to reach the quarter-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships for the second time.

The Lima-based 22-year-old had beaten World No.12 Makin in their previous two encounters on the PSA Tour, and added a third victory to that tally after a virtuoso display which saw him take the win by an 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 scoreline.

Makin has been in fine form recently – reaching the final of the Open de France last month – but he had next to no answers against a rampant Elias, who paired intelligent shot selection with accurate hitting to devastating effect.

Elias hit his corners with regularity and moved Makin around the court superbly to open up the court and his 3-0 win will see the Pan American gold medalist take on World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the last four.

“I feel good, I lost a bit of fitness after winning the Pan Ams, but after that I started training again and I have another goal, which is to win one of these big events,” said Elias.

“I’m really happy, I knew this was going to be really tough, he’s a really tough player, he’s so physical and fit and I knew it could have been 100 minutes, so I’m really happy I managed to win in three.

“We [Elias and his father] try to go to all of these events together and all of this wouldn’t be happening if it was not for him. I’m really happy he can come to these tournaments with me, and I really hope I can win one of these big ones.”

[7] Diego Elias (PER) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)

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