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Harrity Homes in on Montreal Open Main Draw

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World No.49 Todd Harrity played with impressive poise and composure to defeat Michael McCue in the final qualifying round of the 2016 Montreal Open, PSA M35 tournament and secure his place in the main draw.

Harrity, who had defeated Thomas King in the previous round, picked up where he left off by controlling proceedings from the outset with his varied shot selection and indomitable anticipation yielding immediate dividends. After surging to the opening game for the loss of just two points, Harrity kept up the pressure to capitalise on any loose shots from McCue and wrap up a commanding 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 victory.

The 25-year-old from Bryn Mawr, who reached the final of the Ganem Vein Institute Classic in his last PSA World Tour outing, is rewarded for his fine form with a main draw matchup against Mexico’s Alfredo Avila, the World No.39 who won August’s Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club El Nogal, in the opening round.

Elsewhere, Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre has claimed a main draw berth on home soil after he defeated Welshman Joel Makin 3-1. Delierre, who has appeared in three of the five longest matches ever to be recorded, started the match with some typically long and bruising rallies and he took a mammoth 24-minute opening game. Makin fought back in the second to level proceedings but Delierre soon found himself back on top and he closed out the victory in four to set up a main draw meeting with Nafiizwan Adnan.

Meanwhile, Christopher Gordon swept to victory against Joe Chapman in straight games and he has a tough match against in-form Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad next with Gawad looking to follow up the UCS Swedish Open title he won last month.

Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie and Jaymie Haycocks went up against each other in the day’s other final qualifying round fixture with the former progressing to face Leo Au in round one of the main draw.

Results – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [8] Michael McCue (CAN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [6] Joe Chapman (IVB) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (37m)
[5] Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt [4] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (42m)
[2] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [7] Joel Makin (WAL) 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (102m)

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Q] Christopher Gordon (USA)
[6] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[8] Alfredo Avila (MEX) v [Q] Todd Harrity (USA)
[WC] David Baillargeon (CAN) v [3] Tom Richards (ENG)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
[Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) v [5] Leo Au (HKG)
[7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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