[3] Joel Makin (Wal) 2-1 [5] Fares Dessouky (Egy)     10-12, 11-5, 11-8 (55m)

Basically, today, Makin outplayed Dessouky. Weirdly enough, the Welsh was up 8/2 in the three games!

In the first game though, Joel probably thought he could relaxed, and as it happens, Fares – who had made 7 unforced errors in that game alone – let go of the arm, found some good balance between a good length – that he didn’t have at all before – and basically not only forced a tie-break, but actually won the opener in 19m!

From that point on, Joel just kept dispatching his shots with calm and assertiveness, and despite a few traffic problems – from both really – the Welsh closed the next two 11/5, 10/6, 11/8.


I knew I had to take the middle back away from him because towards the end of the first game, he made himself big and he played a lot of flat kills which were effective, making me work around him.

“I enjoyed it three years ago when I last came and it has just got bigger. There are a lot of good players here, which is great. All the players enjoyed it from the very start, especially with a good crowd and a great atmosphere.