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Irish Open Qualifying Commences


The first qualifying round of the GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open, PSA M15 tournament saw all but one of the seeded qualifiers move to within one win of a main draw berth in Dublin, Ireland.

Home hero Brian Byrne was the only player to upset the seedings, after he defeating seventh qualifying seed Manuel Wanner in a convincing 3-0 victory. The World No.183 is ranked 11 places below his opponent but came up with a display that belied the World Rankings gap between the pair as he soared to an 11-8 triumph in all three games to advance to the next round.

Top qualifying seed Joshua Larkin will likely prove a stumbling block to Byrne’s hopes of reaching the main draw on home soil with the recent Pilatus Cup runner-up seeing off Martin Svec to secure his final qualifying round berth.

Irish No.2 Sean Conroy will join his compatriot in the next round after he downed fellow countryman Rory Byrne 3-1 to set up a final qualifying round showdown with Frenchman Geoffrey Demont, with the 25-year-old defeating Ondrej Uherka to progress.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell is also through to the next stage after a commanding straight games victory over Oisin Dunne and he will face Christophe Andre, who beat Conor O’Hare.

Matthew Hopkin flirted with elimination against David Noone but overturned a 1-0 deficit to move through the next round where he will go head-to-head with Ashley Davies after the Englishman overcame Elliot Selby.

Results – First Qualifying Round: GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open 2016
[1] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 3-1: 11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 11-8 (51m)
Brian Byrne (IRL) bt [7] Manuel Wanner (SUI) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (35m)
[6] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 13-11 (30m)
[4] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [L] David Noone (IRL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)
[3] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-2: 11-2, 2-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (60m)
[8] Sean Conroy (IRL) bt [L] Rory Byrne (IRL) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7 (39m)
[5] Christophe Andre (FRA) bt [L] Conor O'Hare (IRL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
[2] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt [L] Oisin Dunne (IRL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 15-13 (26m)

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Joshua Larkin (AUS) v Brian Byrne (IRL)
[6] Ashley Davies (ENG) v [4] Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
[3] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) v [8] Sean Conroy (IRL)
[5] Christophe Andre (FRA) v [2] Douglas Kempsell (SCO)

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