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Pareti Open Gets Under Way

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The Pareti Squash Open, PSA M5 main draw begins on Thursday December 17 with a competitive field looking to battle to the title in Kiev, Ukraine.

World No.106 Joel Makin takes the favourite tag for the event and is aiming to rekindle the form that saw him capture his maiden PSA World Tour title in August at the City of Greater Bendigo International.

The Welshman has tried his hand at a PSA M10 and M15 event over the past couple of months and, after reaching the quarter-final stage on both occasions, will be hoping to put his experience of playing at a higher level to good use in Kiev.

Makin goes up against England’s Charlie Lee in the opening round as he kickstarts his bid to win a second PSA World Tour crown.

Jan Koukal is also gunning for the title and currently sits joint third on the list of current PSA World Tour title winners – alongside England No.1 Nick Matthew – with 33 to his name.

The 32-year-old has not lifted silverware since his Madeira International triumph back in July and goes up against Julian Tomlinson in a tough looking clash.

Number three seed Daniel Poleshchuk has lifted two PSA World Tour titles this year at the Global Relocations Israel Open and LOC Charing Cross Classic and will be looking to end 2015 on a high.

He will meet Welshman Owain Taylor for a place in the quarter-final in what could be a difficult tie for Taylor who is appearing at only his second PSA World Tour main draw.

Martin Svec meanwhile is also in the mix but is yet to lift silverware on the PSA World Tour. The Czech 21-year-old has struggled recently but did reach the North Coast Open semi-final in September. Sven will face off with Stephane Galifi in round one.

Main Draw: PSA M5, Pareti Squash Open, Kiev, Ukraine
[1] Joel Makin (WAL) v Charlie Lee (ENG)
[Q] Miles Jenkins (ENG) v [8] Richard Williams (ENG)
[5] Adrian Ostbye (NOR) v [Q] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[Q] Owain Taylor (WAL) v [3] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
[4] Martin Svec (CZE) v [Q] Stephane Galifi (ITA)
Christophe Andre (FRA) v [6] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
[7] Remo Handl (SUI) v [WC] Dmytro Pogrebniak (UKR)
Julian Tomlinson (ENG) v [2] Jan Koukal (CZE)

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