Cameron Pilley plays a backhand in his first round match at the Qatar Classic.
Cameron Pilley plays a backhand in his first round match at the Qatar Classic. Steve Line/SquashPics.com

SQUASH: Pilley into 2nd round in 14th appearance at Qatar

SQUASH: Cameron Pilley secured a first round victory on day two of the 2016 Qatar Classic after beating Malaysia's Nafiizwan Adnan at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

Pilley and Adnan were evenly matched in the opening exchanges until, at 5-5, Pilley got the bit between his teeth and pounced on any loose shots from Adnan, using his superior width to get the ball past his opponent.

An intense second game saw Adnan threaten to restore parity, but Pilley's touch at the front of the court was too good and he closed out the third to wrap up an 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 triumph to seal his place in round two.

"The last time we played was two years ago and it was similar to that match, it was a tough 3-0," said Pilley.

"He came out in the first two games so quick and so aggressive. I'm pretty happy how I adapted and I'm pleased to get off in three.

"It's my 14th year coming here [to Qatar], it's probably one of the best squash stadiums in the world, I think. The glass court is always set up, so every time we come here we know what to expect. For us players, it's very easy."

The eigth seeded Pilley will play world number 29 Mexico's Cesar Salazar in the second round.



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