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Worlds Update: Castagnet Climbs to Victory Over Harrity


Number nine seed Mathieu Castagnet extinguished local hopes in the second round of the 2015 PSA Men’s World Championship by dispatching Todd Harrity in straight games to reach the third round of the sport’s biggest event for the first time in his career.

The Frenchman came out on top in a first game that saw a number of short, sharp rallies dominate the opening exchanges as both players sought to land heavy blows. Harrity played well in the second and matched Castagnet for the majority of the rallies, only to have the 29-year-old return the ball with interest on a number of occasions to wrap up a deceptively hard-fought second game.

World No.8 Castagnet recovered from a strong start from Harrity in the third to complete the victory by an 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 margin to eliminate the only remaining local player left in the tournament.

“I’m 29 and it’s my first time in this tournament to reach the last 16,” said Castagnet.

“I want to congratulate Todd, he’s a great player and he reached the final in Pakistan a few weeks ago. It’s not easy to do that and he played really well today.”

Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Campbell Grayson line up against each other in another of the day’s fixtures and the winner will go head-to-head with Castagnet in round three as the Frenchman looks to continue his fine progress thus far in Bellevue.

Result – Second Round: PSA Men’s World Championship 2015
[9] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)

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