United States No.1 Todd Harrity got his Montreal Open tournament off to the perfect start after a 3-0 win over Canada’s Thomas King in the first round of qualifying in the PSA M35 event.
World No.49 Harrity quickly hit his rhythm and seized a commanding early lead to take the opening game for the loss of just three points. Harrity played with composure and craft to double his lead in the second and fended off a late rally from King in the latter stages of the match to complete an 11-3, 11-2, 11-9 victory.
Michael McCue lies in wait for Harrity in the final qualifying round after he bested Sebastien Boucley on home soil.
Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre looks destined to reach the main draw after defeating David Phillips in straight games. Phillips looked like he was on course to take a shock one-game lead after catching Delierre out with some smart drops in the early exchanges but the experienced Delierre soon recovered to go ahead on the tie-break. It was a lead that the 33-year-old would not relinquish and he will meet Joel Makin for a place in the main draw after the Welshman dispatched Lewis Walters in three.
Delierre’s younger brother, Jason, was also in action but he succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to World No.57 Gordon who goes on to play Joe Chapman in the next round thanks to Chapman’s victory over Tommy Scott.
Meanwhile, Jaymie Haycocks and Christopher Binnie will go head-to-head in the final qualifying round’s other tie after they claimed wins over Joeri Hapers and Sam Gould, respectively.
Results – First Qualifying Round: Montreal Open 2016
 Todd Harrity (USA) bt Thomas King (CAN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-9
 Michael McCue (CAN) bt [L] Sebastien Boucley (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
 Joe Chapman (IVB) bt [L] Tommy Scott (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-6
 Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [L] Jason Delierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
 Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5
 Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Sam Gould (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-5
 Joel Makin (WAL) bt Lewis Walters (JAM) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-5
 Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [L] David Phillips (CAN) 3-0: 15-13, 11-9, 11-8
Draw – Final Qualifying Round
 Todd Harrity (USA) v  Michael McCue (CAN)
 Joe Chapman (IVB) v  Christopher Gordon (USA)
 Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) v  Christopher Binnie (JAM)
 Joel Makin (WAL) v  Shawn Delierre (CAN)