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Women’s Irish Open Qualifying Finishes


India’s Harshit Jawanda will appear in her first PSA World Tour main draw since 2014 after overcoming Nadia Pfister in straight games in the final qualifying round of the Women’s GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open, PSA W5 tournament.

Jawanda was in fine form and rattled off a barrage of attacking shots to overpower her opponent and secure an 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 victory to send her through to the next round of the competition.

She is yet to make it past the first round of a PSA World Tour event and will go up against England’s Alison Thomson as she bids to secure a quarter-final spot for the first time.

Number two qualifying seed Xisela Aranda came out on top of an all-Spanish affair with Marta Latorre Ramirez, with a dominant display seeing her fail to drop a solitary point in game three. England’s Georgina Kennedy lies in wait for Aranda in round one of the main draw.

Meanwhile, Eva Fertekova had too much for Welsh player Nia Davies, beating her 3-0, and she will line up against Dutchwoman Tessa Ter Sluis in the main draw’s opening round. Davies benefits from lucky loser status due to a main draw withdrawal and she will face title favourite Millie Tomlinson next.

Rachael Chadwick will also participate in the main draw action after a fine performance guided her to a 3-0 win over Marina de Juan Gallach. Chadwick dominated the ’T’ and her driving in particular was flawless as she set up a clash with Alexandra Fuller in the next round.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open 2016
[6] Harshit Jawanda (IND) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (21m)
[5] Eva Fertekova (CZE) bt [3] Nia Davies (WAL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 (18m)
[2] Xisela Aranda (ESP) bt [4] Marta Latorre Ramírez (ESP) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-0 (33m)
[7] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [1] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [LL] Nia Davies (WAL)
Moana Gray (WAL) v [7] Elin Harlow (WAL)
[5] Enora Villard (FRA) v Marija Shpakova (SUI)
[Q] Xisela Aranda (ESP) v [3] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[4] Alison Thomson (ENG) v [Q] Harshit Jawanda (IND)
[Q] Eva Fertekova (CZE) v [8] Tessa Ter Sluis (NED)
[6] Anna Klimundova (CZE) v Eleanor Epke (NZL)
[Q] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) v [2] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)

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