Joel Makin came from two games down before losing deciding game against No 1 seed. Pic: PSA Tour.

Joel Makin Stages El Gouna Comeback Before Humidity, Change Of Court And No 1 Seed Win Out

By Gareth James

Joel Makin saw his title hopes at the El Gouna International Open in Egypt ended despite a superb comeback – in a game that was halted due to humidity and switched to a different court.

The Haverfordwest-born player and No 7 seed lost to top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy 11-13, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11 after a quarter-final that ‘lasted’ 158 minutes!

Makin took the first point against the Egyptian on the glass court at the Gouna Cultural and Conference Centre before the match was suspended due to the extreme humidity.

It was well over an hour before the match resumed – but it had been switched to the Gouna Squash Centre while a women’s quarter-final took place on the glass court.

Tournament favourite ElShorbagy was quickest to find his rhythm as he took the first game – though it went to a tie break before he added the second.

But Birmingham-based Makin, who had not lost a game in his two previous matches, hit back by taking the next two games to set up the decider.

Makin, who had reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the fourth time in a row, was unable to progress to the semis as his rival took an early lead in the final game before taking it 11-7.

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