Pilley dumped by Momen
SQUASH: Despite getting his first win over Egypt's Tarek Momen in five years last month, Yamba squash product Cameron Pilley was unable to get the job done a second time bowing out to the Egyptian in straight games in Colombia last week.
In the quarter-final match-up of the 2016 Taeq Squash Colombia PSA Open Mommen got off to a rollicking start with his retrieval ability and highly accurate drives forcing Pilley into conceding a number of errors.
Pilley made a valiant comeback in the opening stages of both the second and the third games but Momen was able to show great dexterity in wiping the Australian's leads.
Pilley had earned the quarter-final battle after defeating South Africa's Stephen Coppinger in straight games in the opening round of the tournament.
After the effort against Coppinger, Pilley said he was excited to play Momen once again after defeating him in the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions last month.
"We (Pilley and Momen) played last month and I managed to beat him for the first time in about four or five years," Pilley said at the time. "I know that he is going to be very keen to play me again. I'm really looking forward to it."
Following the quarter final Momen heaped praise on to his Australian counterpart and claimed it to be a "very good win" based on the quality of opponent.
"Last month I played him and I lost 3-0 quite easily," Momen said.
"I wanted to forget about that match and that performance because he played amazingly well that day. I just tried to figure out what went wrong and tried to re-establish myself on-court. Today, I came up with a plan and I'm very glad it worked because I wasn't sure if it would in these conditions but it did work in my favour.
"Cameron is such a great player and he has improved immensely over the last few months so, for me, this is a very good win."