Pilley, Urquhart advance in Open
TWO former Yamba squash players are through to the second round of the Hong Kong Open squash tournament.
Cameron Pilley beat local wildcard Max Lee 11-2, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6 and fellow Yamba product Donna Urquhart won her match against Denmark's Line Hanse 11-4, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7.
Another Australian, third-seeded Rachael Grinham, progressed when US opponent Latasha Khan withdrew with an injury after Grinham claimed the first game 11-4.
Pilley said his greater experience had paid dividends against Lee.
"We'd never played each other and in the first game it worked to my advantage as I think he didn't know what was going on out there," Pilley said.
"The colours of the court make it difficult to see the ball sometimes and I was hitting it pretty hard and flat."
Pilley will take on sixth seed Peter Barker today after the Englishman struggled past Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9.
Grinham will take on New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes while Urquhart is up against world No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia.
Three more Australians were due to play their opening round matches late yesterday.
Stewart Boswell was scheduled to take on eighth-seeded Frenchman Thierry Lincou and Kasey Brown was due to meet Melody Francis in an all-Australian first-round clash.