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Herculean Harrity Arrows Past Avila in Montreal


United States No.1 Todd Harrity continued his superb start to the 2016 Montreal Open, PSA M35 tournament after he followed up his unbeaten qualifying stage run with a stunning 3-0 triumph over Mexico’s Alfredo Avila.

The World No.49 is ranked ten places below Avila in the world rankings but blew that deficit out of the water after a stunning show of force saw him move his opponent into all four corners of the court with regularity to claim a 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 win.

“I felt great during that, I thought I played really well,” said Harrity.

“I had never beaten him before so that was a great result for me. I think that I was used to the court having come through qualifying and was used to the venue and the audience. I felt really comfortable, settled in straight away and I had that to my advantage.

“The courts are great here, they’re very true and they reward a good shot.”

Harrity will go up against England’s Tom Richards in the next round after the World No.23 dispatched David Baillargeon in three.

England’s Adrian Waller was the only other seeded player to miss out on a place in the last eight as he succumbed to a surprise defeat against Tsz Fung Yip. In a match between two players of contrasting styles, Fung Yip’s retrieval ability eventually came to the fore and he battled to the victory in five brutal games to set up a next round meeting with top seed Karim Abdel Gawad who downed Christopher Gordon.

Ali Farag, the 23-year-old Egyptian who shocked World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.3 Nick Matthew en-route to winning the Motor City Open title in January, secured his quarter-final berth after an impressive display against former World No.9 Laurens Jan Anjema. Farag will now face Nafiizwan Adnan who vanquished home hopes after beating Canadian No.1 Shawn Delierre.

Gregoire Marche will line up against Leo Au in the other last eight clash after the duo defeated Lucas Serme and Christopher Binnie, respectively.

Results – First Round: Montreal Open 2016
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-1, 11-6 (42m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [6] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-2: 12-10, 3-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 (74m)
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [8] Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
[3] Tom Richards (ENG) bt [WC] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (60m)
[5] Leo Au (HKG) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4 (53m)
[7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Tsz Fung-Yip (HKG)
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA) v [3] Tom Richards (ENG)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [5] Leo Au (HKG)
[7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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