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The second day of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, PSA M15 tournament saw the first round action draw to a close with United States No.3 Chris Hanson claiming a superb victory against eighth seed Peter Creed in an epic five-game thriller to move through to to the quarter-final.

Welshman Creed looked to be in cruise control after establishing an early two-game lead but Hanson soon sparked into life, taking the remaining three games without reply to record a 3-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-2, 14-12 triumph.

Hanson will go up against compatriot Todd Harrity, the United States No.1, in the last eight after he overturned a one-game deficit to defeat Canada’s David Baillargeon.

Second seed Karim Ali Fathi, meanwhile, is also through to the next round after a routine win over wildcard Faraz Khan. The Egyptian was in scintillating form as he disposed of Khan in straight games and he outmatched the World No.158 to complete the victory in just 32 minutes.

Fathi will face Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the next round after the number six seed dispatched Valentino Bong.

Al Tamimi was in top form throughout the encounter and comfortably dismantled the Malaysian in three games to secure his quarter-final berth.

Results – First Round, Day Two: Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic 2016
[3] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [Q] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-3 (44m)
Chris Hanson (USA) bt [8] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-2: 3-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-2, 14-12 (81m)
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [Q] Valentino Bong (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (26m)
[2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [WC] Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [7] Reiko Peter (SUI)
[5] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v [4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
[3] Todd Harrity (USA) v Chris Hanson (USA)
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)

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