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Noah Meredith (left) and Owain Taylor (right) during their second round contest

Ostrava Squash Open RD2: Meredith and Vorlicek Cause Upsets

The second round of the Ostrava Squash Open threw up some surprises, with England’s Noah Meredith and Czech Republic’s Ondrej Vorlicek both taking out seeded players to make their way into the quarter finals of the competition.

Meredith, who only turned 20 years of age last month, took on the tournament’s No.3 seed, Welshman Owain Taylor, in his last 16 contest. The World No.270 found himself behind twice in the contest after losing both the first and third games, but fought back to send the match into a decider, one he won 11-6 to take victory in just under an hour, to advance to the last eight of the Challenger 5 level competition.

In the quarter finals, he will face another unseeded player, in home hope Ondrej Vorlicek. The Czech player overcame compatriot and No.7 seed David Zeman in his second round contest, coming from behind after losing the first game 11-2. He fought back to win in four, to book his spot in the last eight.

Vorlicek will be one of four home hopes through to the quarter finals of the Ostrava Squash Open, with No.2 seed Jakub Solnicky leading the charge. He overcame Abdelrahman Nassar to make the last eight, while Marek Panacek and Viktor Byrtus also made it through, and will meet in Friday’s matches.

No.6 seed James Peach was the second Englishman to make it through after Meredith, while top seed Diego Gobbi safely made his way into the last eight, along with Spain’s Marc Lopez, with the pair due to meet in the quarter finals on Friday evening.

The quarter finals of the Ostrava Squash Open take place on Friday, August 5, with all the action from Sportovni Centrum Fajne being shown live on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel. You can also keep up to date with live scores on the PSA World Tour’s website as well.

Second Round Results: Ostrava Squash Open
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 (31m)
[8] Marc Lopez (ESP) bt Lukas Windischberger (AUT) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9 (46m)
[5] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt Nicolas Serna (COL) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Marek Panacek (CZE) bt Vini Rodrigues (BRA) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (34m)
Noah Meredith (ENG) bt [3] Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 (58m)
Ondrej Vorlicek (CZE) bt [7] David Zeman (CZE) 3-1: 2-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (46m)
[6] James Peach (ENG) bt Jordan Warne (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) 3-0: 15-13, 11-4, 11-7 (44m)

Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Friday, August 5
[1] Diego Gobbi (BRA) v [8] Marc Lopez (ESP)
[5] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) v [4] Marek Panacek (CZE)
Noah Meredith (ENG) v Ondrej Vorlicek (CZE)
[6] James Peach (ENG) v [2] Jakub Solnicky (CZE)

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