Gillams sets up Murrills showdown
Angus Gillams and Adam Murrills will meet in an all-England men’s final at the Bermuda Open Squash Championships this evening after 3-1 victories in the semi-finals last night.
Alexandra Fuller will play fellow South African Milnay Louw in the women’s final, which begins at 6.15pm and will be followed by the men’s championship match at 7.
Gillams, the No 1 seed, came from a game down to beat fourth seed Anthony Graham, also of England, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 to seal his place.
“We’ve played once or twice so I know about him,” Gillams said of Graham. “He took a big lead in the first game and I lost the first and won the second. It was a slow start, I guess, but then I started playing better towards the end. I was a bit relaxed but when he started getting in my way and arguing [with the official] it fired me up a little bit.”
Gillams, from London, is a regular visitor to Bermuda and is enjoying the break from the snow back in the UK.
“I love Bermuda, I’ve been here quite a lot,” he revealed. “My uncle owns an apartment here and I’m staying with him. I’ve been here probably every year of my life and it is my favourite place in the world behind England, obviously.”
Gillams watched Murrills beat Kyle Finch, another Englishman, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 in the second semi-final.
“It was tough, but every game was tough,” Murrills admitted. “I got ahead in the third to go 2-1 up and had the momentum going into the fourth [game]. He got a bit of momentum and then the pressure flips on to me so I was happy I was able to wrestle it back and win in four games instead of making the girls wait even longer.
“It’s good to get into the final. Last week I lost in the final of a tournament in the British Virgin Islands, so I get another chance pretty soon to put it right. It took me ages to get from BVI to here. It’s been a long time since I played him [Gillams], he beat me last time so hopefully I can reverse that.”
Gillams beat Bermuda’s Micah Franklin 3-0 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday while Gillams defeated Bermudian Noah Browne 4-1 in the another quarter-final.
“I’ve been here once before so I know Micah pretty well,” he revealed. “He got myself and one of the other English guys out here to train with him for a week. It’s great, it was an awesome crowd out there. That makes it so much better for the players.”
Last night’s women’s semi-final saw Fuller take just 35 minutes to beat Nicole Bunyan of Canada in straight games 11-7, 11-8, 11-6. She will meet Louw, who stopped Emilia Soini of Finland 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 in the other semi-final.
“I have never played Nicole before but we trained together a few times and she is definitely strong,” Fuller said. “I thought if I pushed hard to finish it off in three games I wouldn’t have to stretch myself to four or five games.
“I’m feeling pretty good about playing another South African in the final. We have played few times so I’m sure it will be a good battle.”
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