20-Mar, Qualifying Finals:
Egyptians advance in women's draw
as Brits dominate the men's qualifiers ...
The main draws were completed today with eight
qualifiers in each event winning through their
qualifying finals at the University of Hull.
In the women's draw top seed Hania El Hammamy was the
first to qualify, and was joined by fellow Egyptians Mayar
Hany and Nada Abbas, the latter upsetting seventh
seed Hollie Naughton.
Belgium's Nele Gilis recovered from a mid-match collapse
to progress in five, while Millie Tomlinson and Coline
Aumard reached the main draw with four-game wins, as did
four-time BO champion Rachael Grinham.
The last match of the round saw Mexico's Samantha Teran
deny the Egyptians a full half-share as she beat second seed
Nadine Shahin in four tough games.
It was a good day for the Brits in the men's matches as
Adrian Waller, Charles Sharpes, Tom Richards, Alan Clyne and
Nathan Lake boosted home interest in the main draw, all but
Richards beating seeded opponents.
Waller twice came from behind to beat Nafiizwan Adnan in five,
Sharpes pulled off a second successive upset to best Leo Au,
Clyne repeated his Wimbledon win to oust top seed Saurav Ghosal,
and Lake followed up yesterday's win over the second seed with
an upset over Mohamed Reda.
Richards, after beating Campbell Grayson in four, was drawn to
face long-time friend and rival Daryl Selby.
The day's other winners were Hong Kong's Tsz-Fung Yip,
France's Gregoire Marche and Egypt's Zahed Mohamed,
who faces compatriot Ramy Ashour tomorrow.
RESULTS ON THE DRAWS PAGE
Qualifying begins in Hull
for the latest PSA World Series event got under way at Hull
University with 32 first round men's and women's matches.
First through was Belgium's Nele Gilis, thanks to the
late arrival of her opponent. There were three seeding upsets,
all from English players as Rachael Chadwick, Elise
Lazarus and Lucy Turmel all advanced to Monday's
finals. There were narrow escapes for Misaki Kobayashi,
Amina Yousry and Millie Tomlinson, all needing
five games to progress.
In the men's draw the biggest upset also came from an English
player as Nathan Lake beat second seeded Cesar Salazar
in straight games, while Charles Sharpes added to
English success as he beat Abdulla Al Tamimi in four. Best
comeback of the day was from Germany's Raphael Kanda,
coming from two games down to beat Swiss Nicolas Mueller.
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