PMI Bellevue Squash Classic – Qualifying Draw
The qualifying draw for the PMI Bellevue Squash Classic, twelve of the world’s top 35 players plus four locals aiming for a spot in the richest 16-player main draw ever, has thrown up a series of intriguing clashes.
Favourites to qualify are Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, Omar Mosaad of Egypt, Frenchman Gregoire Marche and Peru’s Diego Elias, but all face tough challenges at the Pro Sports Club in Bellevue over the next two days.
World #20 Salazar’s first match is up against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip, ranked #32, with the winner facing either Omar Abdel Meguid or Nicolas Mueller, ranked #29 and #34.
Mosaad, who reached the world championship final in 2015 here in Bellevue, meets ‘local’ Peter Creed of Wales, and then likely faces an all-Egyptian final against Mazen Hesham.
World #25 Marche meets Bellevue’s Salim Khan, and if the seedings work out then faces the prospect of an all-French final against Mathieu Castagnet, the former top ten player returning to action and form after an injury layoff – although Castagnet’s first match against Hong Kong’s Leo Au is no given.
Double world junior champion Elias, world #22, also faces an arduous route into the main draw, with Scotland’s Alan Clyne his first opponent and the winner likely to face Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan in the finals.