A trio of Canadians advanced to the final qualifying round of the Guilfoyle Financial Classic, PSA M5 tournament after they took out their opponents in style on home soil in Toronto.
Local player Stefan Houbtchev caused the day’s big shock after he came up with an immense display to eliminate compatriot and second qualifying seed Thomas King in straight games. Houbtchev had the edge throughout the three-game fixture and closed out the win with an 11-8, 11-2, 11-7 scoreline to ease through to the next round.
He will face another Canadian for a place in the main draw with Owen Butler standing in his way after Butler comfortably dispatched Ryan Osbourne to progress.
World No.365 Cameron Seth was the other home player to win his first qualifying round encounter with a commanding victory over Alex Collins. Seth will line up against Mohanad Hekal, who defeated Mexican number three qualifying seed Francisco Mendez Correa 3-0.
Jamaica’s Julian Morrison was brought all the way to five games by Thomas Manley with the former just edging the win after mounting a magnificent comeback from two games down. Morrison’s reward is a next round meeting with Dan Bergin, the Welshman who beat William Kuhn to secure his final qualifying round berth.
Marco Toriz-Caddo prevailed in the day’s other fixture over Jackson Kay and will face the talented Nick Sachvie in the next round. Top qualifying seed Sachvie will be well rested after receiving a bye in round one and could cause a myriad of problems for Toriz-Caddo as the qualifying stages reaches its climax.
Results – First Qualifying Round: Guilfoyle Financial PSA Classic 2016
 Nick Sachvie (CAN) (bye)
 Marco Toriz-Caddo (MEX) bt [L] Jackson Kay (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 13-11
 Julian Morrison (JAM) bt [L] Thomas Manley (CAN) 3-2: 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-0, 11-7
 Dan Bergin (WAL) bt [L] William Kuhn (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
[L] Mohanad Hekal (CAN) bt  Francisco Mendez Correa (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-9
 Cameron Seth (CAN) bt [L] Alex Collins (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-8
 Owen Butler (CAN) bt [L] Ryan Osbourne (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-1
[L] Stefan Houbtchev (CAN) bt  Thomas King (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-7
Draw – Final Qualifying Round
 Nick Sachvie (CAN) v  Marco Toriz-Caddo (MEX)
 Julian Morrison (JAM) v  Dan Bergin (WAL)
[L] Mohanad Hekal (CAN) c  Cameron Seth (CAN)
 Owen Butler (CAN) v [L] Stefan Houbtchev (CAN)