Qualifying competition. First round results

February, 02/24/2013
By ALAN THATCHER
Photographs by DAN BOGOSH

At ACAC, Short Pump, Richmond, Virginia.

American Chris Gordon kept home hopes flying when he staged a thrilling comeback to beat England’s Adrian Waller in the qualifying competition of the Davenport North American Open.
 
Trailing by two games to one, Gordon hit back to win the fourth game and then clinched a dramatic fifth by a 12-10 margin after 80 minutes of brutal squash on the new courts at ACAC in Short Pump, Richmond.
 
The qualifying finals of this PSA World Series event move to the glass court at the Westwood Club in Richmond, where Gordon meets Australia’s Zac Alexander, who overcame Fred Reid of Canada in just 21 minutes.
 
Another Canadian who was dismissed in straight games was Andrew Schnell, who suffered traumatic travel difficulties because of a North American blizzard. After several missed flights, he arrived just in time to lose to England’s Joe Lee in 36 minutes.
 
An all-Australian clash ended abruptly when Ryan Cuskelly was forced to retire against Matthew Karwalski because of an ankle injury. Karwalski meets US-based Pakistani Yasir Butt, who fought back from two games to one down to beat Shaun Le Roux of South Africa.
 
France enjoyed a double success when Mathieu Castagnet beat England’s Robbie Temple and Gregoire Marche removed Sergio Lopez of Mexico in just 21 minutes.
 
Joe Lee (Eng) bt Andrew Schnell (Can) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (36 mins)
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) bt Stephen O’Dwyer (Ire) 11-4, 11-1, 11-4 (17)
Siddarth Suchde (Ind) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (29)
Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) bt Dane Sharp (Can) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (38)
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Adrian Waller (Eng) 11-9, 2-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10 (80)
Zac Alexander (Aus) bt Fred Reid (Can) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (21)
Leo Au (HK) bt Colin Ramasra (Trinidad) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (20)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) bt Robbie Temple (Eng) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (49)
Mohd Nafizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (Egy) 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (55)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) bt Ibrahim Nyanzi (Uganda) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (18)
Kristian Frost Olsen (Den) bt Martin Knight (NZ) 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (59)
Shawn De Lierre (Can) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (59)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) bt Sergio Lopez (Mex) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (21)
Campbell Grayson (NZ) bt Jan Koukal (CzR) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (42)
Yasir Butt (Pak) bt Shaun Le Roux (RSA) 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (60)
Matthew Karwalski (Aus) bt Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 11-4, 6-3 (retired) (11)
 

Qualifying finals:

12 noon: Lee v Aziz
1pm: Suchde v Reda
2pm: Gordon v Alexander
3pm: Au v Castagnet
4pm: Adnan v Salazar
5pm: Frost v De Lierre
6pm: Marche v Grayson
7pm: Butt v Karwalski

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