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Omar Abdel Meguid is on the hunt for a third PSA World Tour crown in a row

Cactus Classic Set for Climactic Main Draw Clashes

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The main draw of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, PSA M15 tournament begins on Wednesday February 10 with an exciting field set to battle for silverware in Phoenix, United States.

Omar Abdel Meguid takes the favourite tag as he searches for a third consecutive PSA World Tour title after recent successes at the Qatar Circuit II and Oregon Open.

The Egyptian World No.33 downed compatriot Karim Ali Fathi in the the final of the Oregon Open and will be looking to continue the fine run of form he has produced over the turn of the New Year.

Meguid is up against England’s Jaymie Haycocks in the opening round as he looks to maintain his dominance over the World No.81, against whom he has won their last four encounters.

Fathi is the second seed for the event and will aim to avenge his defeat to Meguid in the Oregon Open. Fathi is without a PSA World Tour title since 2014 but some strong displays at the end of last year, including a third round finish at the PSA Men’s World Championship, showcased his impressive talent.

The 22-year-old, who has won nine PSA World Tour titles, will get his tournament under way against wildcard Faraz Khan.

Meanwhile, Home hopes will be hanging on the shoulders of Todd Harrity as the United States No.1 looks to build on the run of form that has taken him to a career-high World No.52 spot in the rankings.

He reached the final of a PSA M25 event for the first time in his career at the President Gold Cup International Squash Tournament back in November and his experience there could be crucial as he bids to reach the latter stages in Phoenix. Canada’s David Baillargeon lies in wait for Harrity in the first round.

Henrik Mustonen has been unable to make it past the first round of a main draw since October but the 25-year-old has displayed a title-winning pedigree in the past and will need to draw on all of his eight years of experience if he is to lift a fourth PSA World Tour crown this time around. The World No.57 is in the midst of a five-year trophy drought but, if he makes it past Clinton Leeuw in round one, will go into the latter stages of this event with renewed optimism.

Main Draw: PSA M15, Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, Phoenix, United States
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
[Q] Sean Conroy (IRL) v [7] Reiko Peter (SUI)
[5] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) v [4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
[3] Todd Harrity (CAN) v [Q] David Baillargeon (CAN)
Chris Hanson (USA) v [8] Peter Creed (CAN)
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [Q] Valentino Bong (MAS)
[WC] Faraz Khan (USA) v [2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)

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