Sweden Update: Lee Axes Clyne to Claim Last Eight Berth
Hong Kong’s Max Lee came through a brutal encounter with Scotland’s Alan Clyne to earn a 3-2 victory in the opening round of the 2016 UCS Swedish Open held in Linköping Sporthall.
The World No.15 looked to be easing through to the last eight of the PSA M70 event after claiming a commanding two-game lead but Clyne wrestled back momentum of the match to level things up. Lee held his nerve though and recovered to complete an 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 10-12, 11-8 to move through to his first ever Swedish Open quarter-final.
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“I was 2-0 up but it took me some time to break him down a little bit. Hopefully my next match is a bit quicker than this one. If I can play 30-40 minutes then I would be very happy.
“I will go back, stretch out and recover. I’m struggling with jet-lag so hopefully I can get some sleep now.”
Lee began the match in fine fettle and rapidly established a cushion as he soared to an 11-6 triumph in game one.
Clyne responded by trying to elongate the rallies in the second but it failed to yield immediate dividends as Lee went two games ahead to put himself within touching distance of the quarter-final. However, Clyne was immaculate in the third game with a plethora of perfect shots in to the front left corner enabling him to claw a game back and he continued his revival to bring the match back to all square.
After a close start to the fifth and final game, Lee eventually managed to break up his opponent’s movement to claim a hard-fought victory and advance to the next round where he will go head-to-head against either England’s Daryl Selby or experienced Finnish campaigner Olli Tuominen for a place in the last four.
Result – First Round: UCS Swedish Open 2016
 Max Lee (HKG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 10-12, 11-8 (69m)
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