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Hopkin and Soliman Set Up Mouthwatering Jersey Classic Semi-Final Clash


Top seed Matthew Hopkin and World Junior Champion Youssef Soliman will face off in a nail-biting semi-final encounter in the Jersey Squash Classic, PSA M5 tournament after respective wins over Yuri Farneti and Ondrej Uherka.

Title favourite Hopkin was made to work hard for his last four berth after he was pushed all the way to five games by Italy’s Farneti. The momentum of the match shifted throughout an up and down fixture with neither player able to maintain a sustained period of dominance.

With the scores tied up at two games apiece, Farneti began to fade in the decider and Hopkin took full advantage, moving on to claim an 11-3, 8-11, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7 triumph to reach the next round.

“I was feeling relaxed after winning the first quickly,” said Hopkin.

“But he played smart, mixed up the pace and changed his game tactics after each game. I've got a few things to fix for tomorrow.”

Soliman, meanwhile, recovered from a game down to dispose of Uherka – a win that sees him remain on course to lift a third consecutive PSA World Tour title after recent successes at the TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open and Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open.

Rui Soares will face off with unseeded Englishman Michael Harris in the other semi-final fixtures after they rose to wins against Nick Mulvey and Sam Ellis, respectively.

Results – Quarter-Final: Jersey Squash Classic 2016
[1] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt Yuri Farneti (ITA) 3-2: 11-3, 8-11, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7
[4] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [8] Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10
[3] Rui Soares (POR) bt [7] Nick Mulvey (ENG) 3-2: 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8
Michael Harris (ENG) bt [Q] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) v [4] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[3] Rui Soares (POR) v Michael Harris (ENG)

By James Hall

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