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Waller targets top 20 after pummelling Pilley in Hong Kong first-round

WORLD number 31 Adrian Waller has set his sights on a place in the world’s top 20, after achieving the ‘best win’ of his career at the Hong Kong Open last month.

Waller rose to a career-high 30th in the November world rankings last month, before upsetting the seedings to defeat world number 14 Cameron Pilley in the first round of the Hong Kong World Series event earlier this month.

And while the 23-year-old failed to add to his three PSA Tour titles this year, he feels satisfied with his improvement over the past 12 months.

“Twenty thirteen has gone well for me,” the Enfield left hander told England Squash & Racketball. “I feel that I have taken positive steps with my game and that has been reflected by my ranking improving by 10 to 20 places.

“The next target is the top 20. Making that jump from where I am now at 31 would be very significant.”

Waller, who pushed world number four Mohamed El Shorbagy to five games at the World Championships, believes only a few minor adjustments could help to achieve his primary goal.

“To get to the top 20 there would be no drastic changes to what I am doing now. Just to keep working hard and improving each area of my game one per cent at a time would hopefully see me make my way there steadily,” the England number eight added.

Waller, who lost in the final of the National Capital Open and Kent Open in the first part of the year, will return to competitive action at the Tournament of Champions next month. 

Source: England Squash & Racketball; Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)

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