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Alzabidi Arrows in on Securian Open Quarter-Final


World No.253 Ahmad Alzabidi came up with the only big upset in the first round of the Securian Open, PSA M5 after bridging an 80-place gap in the World Rankings to down seventh seed Faraz Khan.

The 26-year-old from Jordan just managed to edge out an exceedingly tight opening game before pulling away in games two and three to record a 14-12, 11-4, 11-7 victory.

The impressive triumph sees him through to the quarter-final stage where he will do battle with number one seed Christopher Binnie who received a bye in round one.

United States-born Julian Illingworth is his country’s leading home hope at this event and he secured his place in the quarter-final courtesy of a 3-1 win against Italo Bonatti. Ashley Davies will be his opponent in the next round after the 20-year-old dispatched Alex Noakes in four.

Meanwhile, Reuben Phillips stormed to victory against Josemar Silva while the man he will face in the quarter-final, Jaakko Vähämaa, overcame Mark Broekman in straight games.

Thoboki Mohohlo and Lewis Walters will clash in the other quarter-final tie with Mohohlo recovering from a 2-0 deficit to beat Charlie Johnson while Walters progressed after being given a bye in the first round.

Results – First Round: Securian Open 2015
[2] Lewis Walters (JAM) (bye)
[6] Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) bt Charlie Johnson (ENG) 3-2: 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
[5] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt Alex Noakes (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4
[3] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Italo Bonatti (GUA) 3-1: 11-2, 2-11, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Reuben Phillips (ENG) bt Josemar Silva (BRA) 3-0: 13-11, 13-11, 11-6
[8] Jaakko Vähämaa (FIN) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) bt [7] Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 14-12, 11-4, 11-7
[1] Christopher Binnie (JAM) (bye)

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