England’s Daryl Selby is through to the second round of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after defeating World No.10 Joel Makin in an attritional straight-games affair at East Wintergarden.
The two-game clash lasted more than 50 minutes, a match that seemed to never end, but there was some top quality squash from both players, with Selby producing several contenders for Shot of the Month.
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After going 6-0 up in the first, Selby went on to take the early lead in the match, but the second went the other way, with the Golden Tiger taking the lead. However, the Englishman saved seven game balls to pull it back from 10-5 down to win it 15-13, taking the victory to set up a clash with World Champion Tarek Momen in the last 16.
“I got off to a good start which is important in best-of-three, and I am not notoriously a good starter. It wasn’t quick, as you would expect with someone like Joel. I felt like I played good squash, and I stuck to my gameplan quite well!” Selby admitted.
“At the end of the day, I pulled out some shots at crucial times, especially in the second game. I had to be positive today because there is now way you are going to out-manoeuvre Joel. He has learnt his place in the top 10 and it is pleasing for me to get a win over a top 10 guy.
“Playing Tarek [Momen] tomorrow and I played the World No.1 in Chicago last week, now the World Champion tomorrow. I might be coming to the end but I love testing myself against the best guys to see how close I can get, just constantly trying to push and finish strong.”
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 2-0: 11-8, 15-13 (52m)