[3] Joel Makin (Wal) 2-0 Alan Clyne (Sco)  11-8, 11-9 (31m)
[5] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 2-0 Lisa Aitken (SCO)  11-4, 11-4 (18m)

It was my first time playing her, but I had seen her at the end of the season, I knew she had had a couple of good wins, and that she was a very tricky player, beautiful hands, and lifting the ball as well.

So at the start, I was nervous, especially as it was my first time ever playing BO3.

I didn’t want to let the first game go, I wanted to take it as quickly as possible, not to give her any chances. I’m happy I managed to do that.

Because she is so skilled with the racquet, I made sure I put the ball as far away from her as possible, to avoid her volleying and finding her great shots.

Very happy with the way I adapted my game to get and contained her.


Alan is always tricky, he is quite unorthodox. He played a couple of nice backhand drops that caught me quickly. You just can’t put him into that front backhand area without pressure against him,” Makin said.

None of us have played a great deal of best-of-three, so it is obvious that you have to be on it from the start and you have to be intense. You can go up a level of pace because you know it is not going to be 90 minutes, realistically.

The venue looks great. It is always great here. Playing Fares, who has been in good form, and he got a couple of wins at the end of the season. I am looking forward to it very much.