Peter Barker Through To Quarter-Finals of Davenport North American Squash Open

Peter Barker Through To Quarter-Finals of Davenport North American Squash Open
Peter Barker, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, defeated Olli Tuominen of Finland 11-4 11-6 9-11 11-4 in 55 minutes to progress to the quarter-finals of the Davenport North American Squash Open being staged in Richmond, Virginia.
Barker admitted to feeling old after seeing off a determined challenge from Olli Tuominen to reach the quarter-finals.
Despite his advancing years, (he's only 29 years old so will have to wait a while before he collects his bus pass) he still reacted pretty quickly to jump in the air to avoid a ferocious drive down the middle of the court by his opponent.
Had the ball connected with any part of his anatomy, he might have needed to contact Cameron Pilley's brother for medical advice.
After letting the third game slip away, Barker regained control in the fourth to dominate the closing phase of the match.
He said: "That was God's punishment for some of the mistakes I made today.
"At one stage during the match I said to Olli 'I feel old' but then I realised he is actually older than me.
"He's always been a tremendous professional and as younger players growing up in the game we always looked to him to how to conduct yourself.
"It was a very physical encounter and Olli stepped up the pace in the third and played very well.
"I am just pleased and relieved to be in the quarter-finals and hope I can put it all together tomorrow."
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