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Epke Eases Through to Final Round of Women’s Sekisui Open Qualifying


Number one qualifying seed Eleanor Epke advanced through to the final qualifying round of the 2016 Women’s Sekisui Open, PSA W5 tournament after a superb display against Elise Romba enabled her to take the win with a 3-0 triumph.

Epke took the opening two games fairly comfortably but was pushed all the way by a resilient Romba in the third game. That still wasn’t enough though to prevent Epke walking away with a 11-8, 11-6, 12-10 victory which has put her within one win of reaching only the fourth PSA World Tour main draw of her career.

The New Zealander is set to face Xisela Aranda in the next round after the Spaniard dispatched Simona Frevel in the previous round, dropping just four points in a one-sided contest.

Joining Epke in the final round of qualifying is Marina de Juan Gallach after she downed Eva Fertekova in straight games. Gallach overcame some early resistance from Fertekova to power to victory and set up a next round meeting with England’s Rachael Chadwick who defeated Tereza Svobodova.

Meanwhile, home player Nadia Pfister overturned a 1-0 deficit against Sarah Ludin to progress to the next round. Pfister will come up against Marta Latorre Ramirez after the number eight qualifying seed beat Farah Momen.

Julie Rossignol and Jasmin Ballmann will contest the other fixture in the final round of qualifying after they achieved respective wins against Nadine Frey and Ambre Allinckx.

Results – First Qualifying Round: Sekisui Open 2016
[1] Eleanor Epke (NZL) bt Elise Romba (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 12-10
[7] Xisela Aranda (ESP) bt [L] Simona Frevel (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-0, 11-2
[5] Jasmin Ballmann (SUI) bt [L] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
[4] Julie Rossignol (FRA) bt [L] Nadine Frey (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) bt [L] Sarah Lüdin (SUI) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 12-10
[8] Marta Latorre Ramírez (ESP) bt Farah Momen (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-3
[L] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [6] Tereza Svobodova (CZE) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 14-12, 11-5
[2] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP) bt Eva Feřteková (CZE) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-8

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Eleanor Epke (NZL) v [7] Xisela Aranda (ESP)
[5] Jasmin Ballmann (SUI) v [4] Julie Rossignol (FRA)
[3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) v [8] Marta Latorre Ramirez (ESP)
[L] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) v [2] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP)

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