Barker out of Nationals
Joint third seed Peter Barker has been forced to pull out
of this week’s National Championships in Manchester.
The 30-year-old left-hander from Essex suffered what he
described as “a very tight calf” during his straight-games
quarter-final defeat by second seed Greg Gaultier in last week’s
“I don’t want to tear it again if I continue to play,” added
Barker, who was sidelined for two months after tearing the calf
in his second-round match with Finland’s Henrik Mustonen at the
2013 World Championship in Manchester.
Barker’s next scheduled PSA tournament is the Windy City Open in
Chicago, which begins on February 26. He is seeded eighth in the
$115,000 World Series event.
As a result of Barker’s withdrawal, two seeds below him have
moved up a place in Manchester, with Kent’s Adrian Grant now a
3/4 seed in the bottom half of the draw and Surrey’s Joe Lee a
5/8 seed in the top half, while Nottinghamshire’s Declan James
is seeded for the first time in the event at 9/16.
Instead of facing second seed James Willstrop in Wednesday’s
first round, James now takes on a qualifier, while Willstrop
will meet Scotland’s Kevin Moran, who has been spared
Lincolnshire’s Adam Auckland has also been promoted into the
main draw following the withdrawal of Sussex’s Olli Pett and
will play Scotland’s Greg Lobban in round one.
main and qualifying draws
Evans out too
In the women's draw welsh #1 Tesni Evans is out, her
place against top seed Laura Massaro taken by Carrie Ramsey,
plus some qualifying changes ...
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