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Wednesday 10th, Day TWO - Qualifying complete

Day TWO, and it was two more rounds of qualifying as the Under and Over 21s battled it out for places in the main draws. That started at noon with both Glass Courts in use for the first time.

There were a number of upsets, and some marathon matches too, in the third qualifying rounds, then it was on to the qualifying finals in the evening.

In the women's draw there was success for Gina Kennedy, Alison Thomson, Rachael Chadwick and Julianne Courtice, while the men's qualifiers were Richie Fallows, Joel Makin, George Parker and Adam Murrills.

They'll all be in action in the main draw tomorrow, while Fallows, Parker, Kennedy and Thomson will all make it to the weekend when they will play the U21 finals.

Today also saw the start of the Masters events, which get under way in earnest tomorrow.

Roundup report below the results ...


There were no major surprises on day two of the Under 21 events as the top seeds progressed through to the main draw on Thursday.

In the Boys Under 21 British National Championships, Richie Fallows and George Parker progressed to the final on Sunday. The upset came when [5/8] Patrick Rooney knocked out [3/4] Lyell Fuller in the quarter finals to set up a tie with George Parker.

The draw was made after the final match had finished. Richie Fallows was drawn to play the 2011 British National Champion, Daryl Selby. George Parker meanwhile lined up a tie with two time British National Championships quarter finalist, Joe Lee.

The top two seeds in the Girls Under 21 event, Georgina Kennedy and Alison Thomson, also progressed through to the final. Alison Thomson had to overcome a determined Jessica Davis in the quarter final, eventually prevailing 3-2 in 70 minutes.

Georgina Kennedy was handed the chance to test herself against the best as she was drawn against world no.1 Laura Massaro. Alison Thomson will play 2015 semi-finalist, Victoria Lust.

The finalists will meet each other on Sunday, as well as booking themselves a place in the main draw of the British National Championships.


In the Men’s Over 21 draw, [5/8] Adam Murrills qualified for the main draw, upsetting the seedings by defeating 2 Chris Fuller in the semi-finals and world no.130, [5/8] Ashley Davies in the finals. Wales’ [3/4] Joel Makin justified his seeding to book his place in the main draw.

The qualifiers were picked out of a hat after the final match. Adam Murrills was handed a tough draw as he plays two time Nationals winner, James Willstrop. Meanwhile, Joel Makin will play Declan James who is competing in his sixth Nationals.

In the Women’s Over 21 draw, [1/4] Julianne Courtice and [1/4] Rachael Chadwick booked their places in the main draw after a comfortable day of qualifying. Chadwick will play seven time quarter finalist, Sarah Campion. Julianne Courtice sets up a tie with last year’s quarter finalist, Emily Whitlock.

Masters Reports

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