Pilley beaten by fellow Aussie
SQUASH: David Palmer was forced to fight hard to beat Yamba’s Cameron Pilley in the first round of the year-ending Saudi International squash tournament in Al Khobar on Sunday.
The fourth seeded Palmer downed Pilley 11-5, 10-12, 3-11, 11-1, 11-3 and in an unlucky draw must now face another Australian, Canberra’s Stewart Boswell, in the second round of the prestigious event.
It was unfortunate for Pilley that the draw was made before he improved his world ranking to 15 and therefore missed out on a seeding, a fact later acknowledged by Palmer.
“I feel sorry for Cameron, because there were a few players that got easyish matches and didn’t have to play 100 per cent,” Palmer said.
“I think that Cameron deserves a better draw than playing me first round. It was really not easy for me, Cameron is a good mate, we help each other on the tour and we both play for Australia.”