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Ronald Palomino

Abierto Colombiana Preview: Palomino Surprised By Rankings Climb

The first of two tournaments taking place this week on the Challenger Tour will be the Abierto Colombiana Club la Pradera, with action taking place in Cundinamarca from Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, June 19.

The Challenger 5 level tournament begins on Wednesday, and will feature 24 players who are aiming to take home the title, and will see nine Colombian players in action on home soil.

The leading Colombian will be Ronald Palomino, who will be the No.2 seed behind only Mexico’s Alfredo Avila, is coming into this event off the back of a victory in Argentina, one he admitted was special to him.

“Right now I feel like I’m playing good squash and I’m happy to be having good tournaments. It has done a lot for my confidence on the court,” Palomino said.

“Winning the tournament in Argentina was something special, because of what the tournament meant and from the beginning everyone was very supportive and made me feel like a local. So I can’t feel any happier for that.”

He will be one of those nine players in action on home soil in Colombia, and it is something he is looking forward to. A win this week would be his second this month, and would go a long way to continuing his rise up the rankings, one he perhaps did not expect.

“For me, playing in Colombia and with the support of my people is something very motivating. It makes me want to give more than 100%, and winning this tournament would make me very happy since it would confirm the good moment I am in and I would keep the title in Colombia.”

“It was a surprise for me to get so high this year in the ranking to reach the top 80, and it makes me want to work harder every day to keep improving.  At the end of 2022 I want to be as high as I can.”

Along with Palomino, the Colombian trio of Edgar Ramirez Bautista, Andres Herrera and Matias Knudsen will also be in the top eight seeds, joined by Guatemala’s Josue and Alejandro Enriquez, and Belgium’s Joeri Hapers.

The event takes place from Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, June 19 at the Club La Pradera De Potosi in Cundinamarca. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

First Round Draw: Abierto Colombiana Club la Pradera
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) – [Bye]
[WC] Arturo Vidal (MEX) v [9/16] Bryan Cueto (MEX)
[9/16] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) v [WC] Juan Jose Torres (COL)
[5] Joeri Hapers (BEL) – [Bye]
[7] Andres Herrera (COL) – [Bye]
Armando Olguin (MEX) v [9/16] Nicolas Serna (COL)
[9/16] Jeremias Azana (ARG) v [WC] Juan Pablo Gomez (COL)
[3] Josue Enriquez (GUA) – [Bye]
[4] Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) – [Bye]
Petr Nohel (CZE) v [9/16] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR)
[9/16] Andres Villamizar (COL) v Luis Quisquinay (GUA)
[6] Alejandro Enriquez (GUA) – [Bye]
[8] Matias Knudsen (COL) – [Bye]
Mahmoud Abouelleil (EGY) v [9/16] Sebastian Fonseca (GUA)
[9/16] Rodolfo Vega (MEX) v [WC] Noel Heaton (CAN)
[2] Ronald Palomino (COL) – [Bye]

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