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Galifi Topples Top Seed at Black Sea Open

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Qualifier Stephane Galifi came up with a huge upset in the first round of the Zenit Black Sea Open, PSA M5 event after he defeated number one seed Sebastiaan Weenink in straight games.

The Italian, who defeated Tymofiy Zheludkov in the final round of qualifying, shot out of blocks to pull away from his Dutch opponent and move on to an 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 victory to secure his passage into the quarter-final.

“I’m happy about the way I’ve played, everything was so good,” said Galifi.

“I feel great and I’m going to continue in this way until the end.”

Denys Podvornyi caused the day's other big surprise after coming back from 2-1 down to defeat Mike Lewis and he will be Galifi's opponent in the next round.

Jan Koukal has also advanced after a professional victory over Julian Tomlinson. The Czech No.2 seed claimed a 3-0 victory to ensure that the 33-time PSA World Tour title winner will go up against Ahmed Effat Ashoush in the next round thanks to the Egyptian's triumph over Valeriy Fedoruk.

South Africa's Christo Potgieter overcame Wildcard Ruslan Sorochinskiy in four and will face off with Ahmed Hussein who defeated Nicolas Talbot.

Jean-Pierre Brits and Manuel Wanner will also do battle for a place in the semi-final after the pair defeated Joeri Hapers and Viktor Kovalchuk, respectively with the former's match going all the way to five games.

Live streaming of the event can be found on the Squash Online website.

Results – First Round: Zenit Black Sea Open 2015
[Q] Stephane Galifi (ITA) bt [1] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
[Q] Denys Podvornyi (UKR) bt [7] Mike Lewis (USA) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7
[6] Manuel Wanner (SUI) bt [Q] Viktor Kovalchuk (UKR) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-2: 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 14-12
[3] Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt [WC] Ruslan Sorochinskiy (UKR) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
[8] Ahmed Hussein (EGY) bt Nicolas Talbott (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
[5] Ahmed Effat Ashoush (EGY) bt [Q] Valeriy Fedoruk (UKR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
[2] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-5

Draw – Quarter-Final
[Q] Stephane Galifi (ITA) v [Q] Denys Podvornyi (UKR)
[6] Manuel Wanner (SUI) v [4] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA)
[3] Christo Potgieter (RSA) v [8] Ahmed Hussein (EGY)
[5] Ahmed Effat Ashoush (EGY) v [2] Jan Koukal (CZE)

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