Makin advances to British Open semi-finals with dominant victory over Elias

Joel Makin has etched his name in history by becoming the first Welshman to reach the British Open semi-finals since David Evans won the tournament in 2000. The 29-year-old’s victory over world champion Diego Elias in the quarter-finals was a remarkable display of skill and determination. Makin won the match 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8 at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, proving that he belongs on the highest level of competition.

After his victory, Makin expressed his excitement and confidence, stating that he believed he had what it takes to win. Despite not having recorded a win at the British Open before this tournament, Makin showed great composure and skill on court. His victory marks a significant milestone for Welsh squash and ends a 24-year wait for a Welsh men’s semi-finalist at the prestigious event.

Makin’s form is on full display as he heads into Friday’s semi-finals against world number one Ali Farag of Egypt. Makin expressed his readiness for the challenge and acknowledged the tough competition ahead. With a positive mindset and determination, Makin is focused on claiming his first British Open title.

In the women’s draw, Georgina Kennedy will face off against world champion Nouran Gohar in her quarter-final match while Hania El Hammamy of Egypt will take on Tinne Gilis of Belgium. The competition remains fierce in both draws with high caliber matches expected in upcoming rounds.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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