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Day TWO, Qualifying Finals

Qualifying complete at PRO Sports Club

sp_30150The inaugural PMI Bellevue Squash Classic continued today at PRO Sports Club with the qualifying finals, four places in the $150k main draw – the richest-ever 16-player draw – the prize on offer for the players.

sp_30152First up was top qualifying seed Cesar Salazar of Mexico, who fell two games behind to Nicolas Mueller as the Swiss champion threatened a second successive upset. Salazar recovered to force a decider but Mueller regrouped to take the match and a meeting with Ramy Ashour.

sp_30154The second match was an all-Egyptian affair which saw Omar Mosaad, playing in qualifying for the first time in eight years, beat Mazen Hesham in four games. Hesham was at times brilliant, at times all at sea, falling 10-0 behind in the fourth, saving the bagel then deliberately serving out.

For Mosaad the reward is a meeting with top seed Gregory Gaultier, a repeat of their World Champs final here just 18 months ago.

sp_30168Gregoire Marche made sure of a second French name in the main draw as he beat Leo Au in three tough, close games that took 66 minutes to complete. Marche will face sixth seed Tarek Momen in the first round proper.

The final spot was claimed by Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan with a four-game victory over Alan Clyne. After Adnan had taken two close opening games the Scot stormed back to win the third, but Adnan reasserted in the fourth to set up a meeting with second seed Marwan Elshorbagy.

PMI Bellevue Squash Classic 2017 – Qualifying Finals

Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-2 [1] Cesar Salazar (Mex) 11/2, 11/7, 3/11, 8/11. 11/7 (55m)

[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 [8] Mazen Hesham (Egy)      11/3, 11/5, 9/11, 11/1 (46m)

[4] Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 Leo Au (Hkg)                            11/5, 11/9, 11/8 (66m)

[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-1 Alan Clyne (Sco)  11/8, 11/8, 4/11, 11/7 (65m)

DRAW:  Mosaad v Gaultier, Marche v Momen, Mueller v Ashour, Adnan v Elshorbagy

ON THE BLOG:  Today’s match reports, Greg goes for Basketball, Laila off to New Zealand, and more …

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