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Joel Makin (left) and Tarek Momen (right) played in the last match of the evening

World Tour Finals: Makin Takes Debut Win Against Momen

In his first ever match at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, British No.1 Joel Makin helped himself to one of the biggest scalps in the game, as he defeated reigning World Champion Tarek Momen in a three-game affair.

The Welshman came out fighting in the first game and really imposed himself on the contest. He would go on to take it 11-5, but as the match became more disjointed in the second salvo, it would be the Egyptian that came back stronger.

After Momen equalised to send the match into a decider, the match started to get scrappy, with decision after decision in the third game. Makin was able to keep his composure to seal the deal, and secure a surprise win on debut at the tournament.

“I started losing my structure in the second game and he was shutting me out all the time on the backhand and he was getting good lines through there, so I had to hit around that, and I did much better in the third,” Makin explained.

“Now I have two more attempts to get one more win and I am through. Obviously I want to get as many wins as I can here. Best-of-three is never going to be as easy for me but I am pleased to nick it 2-1.

“It was scrappy, for sure. That’s my fault for not giving him a line through and I shouldn’t give him the chance to do that. I kept catching the side walls, the wind was affecting it but you have to adapt to those situations.”

[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [2] Tarek Momen (EGY) 2-1: 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 (51m)

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