The final qualifying round of the Rochester ProAm, PSA M5 tournament saw three of the four matches go all the way to five games as qualifying in New York came to an end on an exciting day of action at the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.
Jordan’s Ahmad Alzabidi had to dig deep against number eight qualifying seed Ismail Hafez in an extremely closely-contested tie. The early exchanges of the match were marred by unforced errors from both players but Hafez soon exhibited his class to go a game to the good thanks to some excellent soft hands and pinpoint volleys. However, Alzabidi came roaring back and, with the fixture eventually tied up at two games apiece, the World No.258 dominated the decider to claim a 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-2 victory and a first main draw berth of 2016.
He is set to face off with United States player Faraz Khan in round one of the main draw but Alzabidi may hold the advantage, given that he has won all three of the pair’s previous meetings on the PSA World Tour.
India’s Supreet Singh is also through to the main draw action thanks to a 3-2 triumph over Japan’s Tomotaka Endo. Endo, the University of Rochester squash captain, was backed on by a vociferous local following and went 2-1 ahead as he looked to be on his way to a superb win. But Singh came back to take the fourth 18-16 after a nervy series of rallies and he continued his resurgence into the fifth to wrap up the victory and set up a main draw meeting with title favourite Martin Knight.
Meanwhile, Aqib Hanif and Mario Yanez will also participate in the main draw after rising to wins in their final qualifying round matches.
Hanif will line up against Jamaican number three seed Lewis Walters, while Mexico’s Yanez will go head-to-head with compatriot Jesus Camacho for a place in the last eight.
Results – Final Qualifying Round: Rochester ProAm 2016
[L] Mario Yanez (MEX) bt [L] Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
 Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) bt  Ismail Hafez (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2 (50m)
 Supreet Singh (IND) bt [L] Tomotaka Endo (JPN) 3-2: 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 18-16, 11-8 (44m)
Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt Fernando Magdaleno (MEX) 3-2: 6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 (62m)
Main Draw: First Round
 Martin Knight (NZL) v [Q] Supreet Singh (IND)
Albert Shoihet (CAN) v  Josue Enriquez (GUA)
 Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) v Diego Gobbi (BRA)
Jon Geekie (SCO) v  Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
 Lewis Walters (JAM) v [Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK)
[Q] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) v  Faraz Khan (USA)  Jesus Camacho (MEX) v [Q] Mario Yanez (MEX)
[WC] Adam Perkiomaki (USA) v  Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)
Live streaming is available on the tournament website.