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Day ONE: Upsets already in Classic Qualifying

Upsets already in Classic Qualifying

The inaugural PMI Bellevue Squash Classic kicked off today at PRO Sports Club, sixteen players competing the first round of qualifying as they bid to claim a place in the $150k main draw – the richest-ever 16-player draw.

sp_30038There was no joy for the four ‘locals’ in the draw, but three of the players seeded to reach the finals nevertheless fell at the first hurdle.

Top seed Cesar Salazar beat Yip Tsz Fung in straight games, the Mexican admitting that the match could easily have finished three-nil either way. He’ll face Nicolas Mueller for a place in the main draw after the Swiss star, buoyed by his performances in last week’s Grasshopper Cup, came from a game down to beat seventh seed Omar Abdel Meguid.

An all-Egyptian qualifying final awaits Omar Mosaad and Mazen Hesham. Mosaad, the 2015 Bellveu World Championship runner-up, came from a game down against ‘local’ Welshman Peter Creed to win his first qualifying match for eight years, while Hesham took advantage of a returning to fitness Colombian Juan Vargas.

sp_30076Gregoire Marche eased past Bellevue’s one world-juniors-bound Salim Khan in three quick games, but the all-French final predicted by the seedings was denied as Hong Kong’s Leo Au upset fifth seed Mathieu Castagnet in three long games.

Sixth seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan claimed his place in the finals with a straight-game win over Mauricio Sanchez, and he’ll meet Scotland’s Alan Clyne who produced the biggest upset of the day ah he overcame second seeded Peruvian Diego Elias in five games that, at just over the hour, was the longest match of the day.

PMI Bellevue Squash Classic – Qualifying Round One

[1] Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-0 Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)                        13/11, 11/6, 11/9 (38m) Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-1 [7] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 6/11, 11/5, 11/7, 12/10 (44m)

[8] Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-0 Juan Camilo Vargas (Col)            11/7, 11/8, 11/9 (21m) [3] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 Peter Creed (Wal)                  10/12, 11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (58m)

[4] Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 Salim Khan (Usa)                        11/2, 11/2, 11/4 (23m) Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 [5] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)                                11/9, 11/5, 11/5 (50m)

[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-0 Mauricio Sanchez (Mex)           11/5, 11/3, 11/6 (28m) Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-2 [2] Diego Elias (Per)                 11/7, 3/11, 8/11, 11/2, 11/7 (62m)

Qualifying finals start at 17.00 tomorrow at PRO Sports Club.

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