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Ismail Rauf is through to the Final Qualifying Round

Seeds Sail Through in Seattle Open Qualifying


All eight seeded players in the first qualifying round of the Samson Seattle Open, PSA M10 tournament eased through to the next round after dispatching their unseeded opponents in comfortable fashion.

Top qualifying seed Auguste Dussourd, fresh off a runner-up finish at the Lew-Lapointe Discover Mount Royal University Open last week, romped to victory against Mexico’s Armando Olguin in straight games. Dussourd was in cruise control from the outset and surged to the win by an 11-1, 11-6, 11-2 scoreline to move through to the next round.

Dussourd will face American Dylan Cunningham there after the number seven qualifying seed rose to claim a victory over compatriot Zane McGee-Lowdermilk in four games.

Pakistan’s Ismail Rauf, meanwhile, dispatched local player Alexander Greaves-Tunnell to claim a spot in the final round of qualifying. He will do battle with Ireland’s Stuart Hadden, who defeated Raguvir Reddy, as both players aim to reach the main draw.

From there, the rest of the matches were straightforward encounters with the winning player generally dominating throughout. Nick Sachvie, who last week reached the semi-final stage of the Guilfoyle Financial PSA Classic in an impressive display of strength, downed Edgar Zayas in straight games and will face Mark Broekman in the next round.

Micah Franklin and Ahsan Ayaz have also advanced to the final round of qualifying and will face each other after Franklin beat Nicolas Talbott and Ayaz saw off Tommy Mullaney.

Results – First Qualifying Round: Samson Seattle Open 2016
[1] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt Armando Olguin (MEX) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
[7] Dylan Cunningham (USA) bt Zane McGee-Lowdermilk (USA) 3-1: 11-7, 13-11, 11-13, 11-7
[5] Mark Broekman (ENG) bt Marco Toriz-Caddo (MEX) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 9-4 ret.
[4] Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt Edgar Zayas (MEX) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-1
[3] Micah Franklin (BER) bt Nicolas Talbott (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
[6] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) bt [L] Tommy Mullaney (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
[8] Stuart Hadden (IRL) bt [L] Raguvir Reddy (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
[2] Ismail Rauf (PAK) bt [L] Alexander Greaves-Tunnell (USA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) v [7] Dylan Cunningham (USA)
[5] Mark Broekman (ENG) v [4] Nick Sachvie (CAN)
[3] Micah Franklin (BER) v [6] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK)
[8] Stuart Hadden (IRL) v [2] Ismail Rauf (PAK)

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