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Irish Open Qualifying Commences

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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)

Live streaming is available on the following link from 12pm local time: https://www.irishsquash.com/live/

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