Yamba’s Cameron Pilley’s squash ball was clocked at 175mph this week, putting the squash star into the world record books.
Yamba’s Cameron Pilley’s squash ball was clocked at 175mph this week, putting the squash star into the world record books. Adam Hourigan

No reign in Spain after Pilley falls in final thriller

AUSTRALIAN number one Cameron Pilley fell just short of claiming a thrilling victory in the final of the Santiago Open squash tournament in Spain on Saturday.

The Yamba product was edged out by third-seeded German Simon Rosner who fought back from an early deficit to win a fourth game tiebreak.

Pilley won the first game 11-8 but Rosner stormed back to win the next two 11-5, 11-8.

While both players were in superb touch, the German managed to claim the crucial tiebreak 16-14.

Despite the result, the tournament was a welcome return to form for Pilley, who hadn't played in a final for almost two years.

Pilley sealed his place in the decider with a stunning straight-games win over top seed Adrian Grant.

Pilley will now take a break from competition before lining up in the Dayton Open in Ohio on November 7. He is drawn to play Canadian Shahier Razik in the first round.

 

Final result: Simon Rosner (GER) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 16-14



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