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Chadwick Claims Main Draw Berth in Women’s Jersey Classic


Number six qualifying seed Rachael Chadwick moved into the main draw of the inaugural Women’s Jersey Squash Classic, PSA W5 tournament with a superb straight games victory over Czech Republic’s Eva Fertekova.

Chadwick dominated proceedings at the Jersey Squash & Racketball Club and overpowered Fertekova to claim a main draw spot at a PSA World Tour event for the fourth time in her career.

The World No.133, who reached her maiden PSA World Tour final last month at the GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open, will take on fellow Englishwoman Alison Thomson for a place in the quarter-final.

Elsewhere, Nia Davies from Wales recovered from letting a two-game lead slip to beat France’s Elise Romba in five. Davies moves on to do battle with title favourite Millie Tomlinson in the opening round of the main draw.

“I was 2-0 up and nearly lost it,” said a relieved Davies.

“I just had to dig deep and I’m really pleased to win that fifth.”

Number one qualifying seed Julie Rossignol dispatched Sarah Mekhalfi in an all-French encounter with a dominant 3-0 victory and her reward is a main draw matchup with Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister. A main draw withdrawal means that Mekhalfi has been granted lucky loser status and she will go head-to-head with England’s Georgina Kennedy.

Laura Pomportes will join her compatriots in the main draw after she dropped just a handful of points in a comfortable win over Emma Custance Baker, and she will face off against Australia’s Moana Gray.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Women’s Jersey Squash Classic 2016
[1] Julie Rossignol (FRA) bt [8] Sarah Mekhalfi (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (20m)
[4] Nia Davies (WAL) bt [7] Elise Romba (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11 (42m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [3] Emma Custance Baker (ENG) 3-0: 11-0, 11-3, 11-3 (12m)
[6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [2] Eva Feřteková (CZE) 3-0: 11-6, 11-0, 11-6 (19m)

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v [Q] Nia Davies (WAL)
[Q] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) v [5] Alison Thomson (ENG)
[8] Moana Gray (AUS) v [Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[LL] Sarah Mekhalfi (FRA) v [4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v Leonie Holt (ENG)
[Q] Julie Rossignol (FRA) v [7] Nadia Pfister (SUI)
[6] Jessica Davis (ENG) v Eleanor Epke (NZL)
[WC] Beth Garton (ENG) v [2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)

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