Pilley takes Queensland Open
By TONY WHITE
YAMBA squash star Cameron Pilley won his first Queensland Open squash title at the Gold Coast on Sunday to continue an amazing sequence of tournament wins.
The 22-year-old world ranked No 33 player beat Adelaide-based Dan Jensen 3-0 in the final.
Jensen, a former world No 5 in the 1990s, is on the comeback trail and ranked 21 in the world.
"I didn't play in the event last year but it's great to win even though it didn't help my world ranking," Pilley said. "It was for money and pride. I was surprised to win comfortably. We both had hard semis in the morning (Sunday) and I think we both felt it in the final.
"I won the first and third games pretty comfortably but Dan pushed hard in the second game which went to a tie break."
Pilley's Queensland Open win was his fifth tournament victory on the trot. He won the Kalgoorlie Open in West Australia, the Wynnum Open in Queensland, the Australian Closed Championships in Bendigo, Victoria, and the South Australian Open before Sunday's win.
Pilley also beat Jensen in the South Australian Open final.
In July Pilley finished his tenure with the Australian Institute of Sport Squash Academy in Brisbane and plans to make an assault on the world squash circuit for the remainder of this year.
The gifted player is returning home to catch up with family and friends and train at Yamba this week before leaving for Papua New Guinea to play in the Papua New Guinea Masters.
"I got beaten by a Malaysian player in the final last year after beating Dan Jensen for the first time in the semi-final," Pilley said.
"After New Guinea I'm scheduled to play tournaments in India and America. I'm going to base myself in England and have a good dig at the circuit.
"I've been in good form over the past month or two and my confidence is up."
Meanwhile, Australians have claimed two international squash titles after dominating PSA Tour events.
Former world No 4 Stewart Boswell clinched his seventh consecutive title at the Salt Lake City Open in the US while Simon Carruthers beat the top two seeds to claim his second PSA title in the Auckland Open.