Top qualifying seed Joshua Masters took a step closer to the main draw of the TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open, PSA M10 tournament, after downing local player Calum Johnston in straight games in Aberdeen.
Masters played with confidence and quickly found his rhythm, with Johnston struggling to adapt to the pace of the World No.122’s hitting. The Scotsman managed to slow Masters down slightly in the second but the 20-year-old went up a gear again in the third to wrap up an 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 victory in 21 minutes.
He will line up against fellow Englishman Joe Green for a place in the main draw after Green saw off Brian Byrne courtesy of a hard-fought 3-1 triumph.
Australia’s Matthew Hopkin is also through to the final round of qualifying after dispatching Robert Dadds in four. Hopkin’s movement was superb throughout the fixture, with some expert holds and drives enabling him to unsettle Dadds in game one before a flurry of unforced errors handed the second to his opponent, levelling proceedings in the process. However, a virtuoso response from Hopkins saw him send Dadds into all four corners of the court with regularity to edge out the win and set up a next round meeting with Martin Svec, who beat Mike Black.
World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman advanced after a straightforward 3-0 win against Ricky Hollins and his final qualifying round opponent will be Mark Fuller after he downed Gavin Sutherland.
Ashley Davies and Tristan Eysele will go up against each other in the other tie thanks to victories over Connor Sheen and Micah Franklin, respectively, with the latter match seeing Eysele taking it in the fifth.
Results – First Qualifying Round: TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open 2016
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt Robert Dadds (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
 Martin Svec (CZE) bt [L] Mike Black (SCO) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 (24m)
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [L] Richard Hollins (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
 Mark Fuller (ENG) bt [L] Gavin Sutherland (SCO) 3-0: 11-0, 11-5, 11-2
 Ashley Davies (ENG) bt Connor Sheen (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (45m)
Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt  Micah Franklin (BER) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3, 14-12 (61m)
 Joe Green (ENG) bt Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-1: 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (94m)
 Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [L] Calum Johnston (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (21m)
Draw – Final Qualifying Round
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) v  Martin Svec (CZE)
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) v  Mark Fuller (ENG)
 Ashley Davies (ENG) v Tristan Eysele (RSA)
 Joe Green (ENG) v  Joshua Masters (ENG)