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Martin Knight is through to the quarter-final in the Rochester ProAm

No Upsets in Rochester ProAm as Seeds Sail Through

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All eight seeded players in the Rochester ProAm, PSA M5 tournament secured safe passage through to the last eight after progressing beyond their unseeded counterparts in New York,

Top seed Martin Knight sealed his quarter-final berth after a virtuoso 3-0 victory over Indian qualifier Supreet Singh in just 27 minutes. The match was a fast-paced affair from the start, with Knight moving Singh into all four corners of the court with regularity. The experienced New Zealander controlled proceedings and duly achieved an 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 victory to reach the next round.

Up next for Knight is a meeting with number five seed Josue Enriquez after the Guatemalan defeated Albert Shoihet in five.

Belgium’s Jan van den Herrewegen is also through to the next round after recovering from a game down against wildcard Adam Perkiomaki. Buoyed by the roar of a partizan home crowd, Perkiomaki stormed out of the traps and overcame van den Herrewegen in an opening game tie-break, only to see his precious one-game advantage crumble as the number two seed fought back to win. Van den Herrewegen will go head-to-head with Mexico’s Jesus Camacho in the quarter-final after he overcame compatriot Mario Yanez in a scintillating five-game thriller.

Elsewhere, Lewis Walters dispatched Aqib Hanif in straight games to keep his ambitions of claiming a second PSA World Tour title alive. Walters started slowly and went 8-2 behind in game one before fighting back to take the opener against all odds. After finding his rhythm, Walters began to dominate the ’T’ and outmanoeuvred his opponent to wrap up the win and set up a quarter-final showdown with Faraz Khan, who beat Ahmad Alzabidi.

South African duo Clinton Leeuw and Thoboki Mohohlo make up the other quarter-final participants and will face each other after respective triumphs against Jon Geekie and Diego Gobbi.

Results – First Round: Rochester ProAm 2016
[1] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Supreet Singh (IND) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
[5] Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt Albert Shoihet (CAN) 3-2: 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7
[6] Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) bt Diego Gobbi (BRA) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3
[4] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt Jon Geekie (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-4
[3] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-6
[8] Faraz Khan (USA) bt [Q] Ahmad Alzabidi (JOR) 3-1: 11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9
[7] Jesus Camacho (MEX) bt [Q] Mario Yenez (MEX) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7
[2] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [WC] Adam Perkiomaki (USA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-8

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Martin Knight (NZL) v [5] Josue Enriquez (GUA)
[6] Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) v [4] Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
[3] Lewis Walters (JAM) v [8] Faraz Khan (USA)
[7] Jesus Camacho (MEX) v [2] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)

Live streaming is available on the tournament website.

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