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Day THREE: Round One begins

Gaultier and Golan in three as Momen and Willstrop take five …

sp_30210After two days of qualifying at PRO Sports Club, it was on to the the main draw at the Boys and Girls Club in Hidden Valley, Bellevue.

Tonight was the top half of the draw, and what a match to start – Gregory Gaultier against Omar Mosaad in a repeat of the World Championships final of 2015, here in Bellevue!

sp_30215After a strong start from the Egyptian to move 10-5 ahead in the opening game, it was all Gaultier as he won the match conceding just three more points.

Next was ann encounter between two of the quickest, most skilful players on the circuit, Tarek Momen and Gregoire Marche. There was never much to choose between them as Momen saved game balls to take the first, Marche recovering to take a two-one lead.

sp_30221It was the Egyptian who got the better of the final two games though, to set up a quarter-final meeting with Gaultier.

Spain’s Borja Golan was in great form in the third match as he beat seventh seeded Englishman Daryl Selby in straight games..

sp_30233The final match of the evening saw another Englishman in action in James Willstrop, the former world #1 who reached the World Champs semis here, against newly-crowned Asian Champion from Hong Kong, Max Lee.

This too went the full distance, Lee taking the lead, Willstrop going two-one ahead but then having to fight back from 7-9 down in the fifth before securing his place in the quarters against Golan.

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Round ONE (top half) :

[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Omar Mosaad (Egy)        12/10, 11/2, 11/1 (35m)

[6] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-2 [Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra)  12/10, 8/11, 10/12, 11/6, 11/7 (88m)

Borja Golan (Esp) 3-0 [7] Daryl Selby (Eng)                               11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (41m)

[4] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-2 Max Lee (Hkg)           9/11, 11/5, 11/5, 4/11, 11/9 (73m)



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