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Aubert Arrows Past McCue in Seapiax Open to advance to Semi-Finals


French World No.211 Benjamin Aubert bridged an astonishing 101-place World Rankings gap to stun second seed Michael McCue in the quarter-final of the Seapiax Open Lorient, PSA M5 tournament.

The 18-year-old, who is set to appear in his first PSA World Tour semi-final, was in breathtaking form to take out his higher-ranked opponent and he surged to the win by an 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 margin of victory to seal his last four berth.

Aubert will face Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu for a place in the showpiece event after he beat Lewis Walter in straight games.

The Jamaican was powerless to resist as Pajares dominated from the off to set up a first meeting on the PSA World Tour with Aubert.

The second semi-final will be an all-Spanish encounter, contested by Edmon Lopez Moller and first seed Carlos Cornes Ribadas, after they had 3-0 successes over Taminder Gata-Aura and Roee Avraham, respectively.

Results – Quarter-Final: Seapiax Open Lorient 2016
[8] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) bt [2] Michael McCue (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
[3] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [5] Lewis Walters (JAM) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-4
[4] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) bt [Q] Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
[1] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Roee Avraham (ISR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-9

Draw – Semi-Final
[8] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) v [3] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[4] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) v [1] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP)

By James Hall

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