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George Parker is through to the quarter-final

Parker Powers Past Coleman in Wimbledon Open


English qualifier George Parker made a winning start to his campaign at the inaugural Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament with a dramatic 3-2 win over compatriot and number five seed Ben Coleman in the first round.

Parker comes into the event on the back of a superb title win at the True Potential Northumbria Open a fortnight ago and has continued his fine performances into this tournament. After taking the opening game, the Leicester-based 19-year-old found himself 2-1 down against an opponent ranked 25 places above him but he responded with a maturity that belied his teenage years as he fought back to claim the victory by an 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 scoreline.

“This is the first time I beat him,” said Parker to SquashSite.

“Last time we played, he beat me 3-0. I was the one doing the holding and the shot playing and I was moving alright today. He didn’t put me under pressure at the front [of the court] but he put me under pressure by picking up a lot of my shots.

“I was cutting the ball well in the corner but his length was great and I was having problems.”

Fellow Englishman Declan James will be Parker’s opponent in the quarter-final after a scintillating straight games triumph over World Junior Champion Youssef Soliman. The duo will lock horns for the first time since their meeting in the final of the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open last October which James won 3-2.

Former World No.1 James Willstrop also got his tournament off to a superb start with a 3-0 victory over wildcard Robert Downer. The 32-year-old Yorkshireman came out on top of a highly competitive first game but dominated from that point onwards to complete the win in three games. Up next for Willstrop is Joe Lee who prevailed over Jens Schoor to reach the last eight.

Elsewhere, Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid swept to victory against Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and will face off with seventh seed Charles Sharpes in the next round after Sharpes recorded an impressive 3-0 win against Tayyab Aslam.

Matthew Hopkin and Joshua Masters, who both came through qualifying to reach the main draw, will contest the other quarter-final fixture after they achieved wins over Shaun Le Roux and Henrik Mustonen, respectively.

Results – First Round: Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [WC] Robert Downer (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-5
[6] Joe Lee (ENG) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2
[Q] George Parker (ENG) bt [5] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4
[3] Declan James (ENG) bt [Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-8
[Q] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [4] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 3-2: 11-2, 9-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [8] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-8
[7] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-0: 13-11, 11-9, 11-9
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-6

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v [6] Joe Lee (ENG)
[Q] George Parker (ENG) v [3] Declan James (ENG)
[Q] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) v [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG)
[7] Charles Sharpes (ENG) v [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)

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