South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger swept through to the second round of the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament with a fine 3-1 victory over Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan.
The tall World No.24 eased to a 1-0 lead for the loss of just three points in game one and looked to be on course to double his advantage after his impressive retrieval ability and magnificent touch saw him lead Adnan in the second game.
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Adnan hung on though and levelled proceedings courtesy of a 13-11 win on the tie-break. However, he was powerless to prevent a rampant Coppinger from romping to a commanding lead in game three and two successive shots out of court compounded Adnan’s misery as he fell behind again.
Coppinger played with precision and tactical nous in the fourth to take the first six points on the bounce and it was a lead he would not relinquish as he closed out the win with an 11-3, 11-13, 11-3, 11-5 scoreline to seal his spot in the next stage of the iconic tournament.
“This is a great tournament so any win is a good win,” said Coppinger.
“He made it really tough tonight. It was quite a fast-paced match but, for the most part, I really enjoyed it. I knew that the beginning of the third game was important so I made a big push there.
“I also felt myself getting a little bit uptight in the second so I tried to relax a little bit more. I thought I played a really good third game and he was probably a little bit down after making a big effort in the second. I just knew that I had to put everything into the third to win it.”
Result – First Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-1: 11-3, 11-13, 11-3, 11-5 (54m)