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