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Zac Alexander in action

Six Australians Advance to NT Open Last Eight


There will be representation from six Australians in the quarter-final stage of the Squash NT Open, PSA M5 tournament after top seed Zac Alexander led his compatriots safely through their first round encounters.

Alexander, who was a beaten finalist in last year’s tournament, was in fine fettle throughout a dominant three-game salvo and stormed to an 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 triumph to secure his place in the quarter-final.

The World No.107 will meet Rohan Toole for a place in the showpiece finale after the number seven seed ousted Jordan Till.

Australian qualifier Darcy Evans is one win away from reaching a maiden PSA World Tour semi-final after he upset Thomas Calvert, despite the 253 places between the pair in the World Rankings. Second seed Adam Murrills is one of the few non-Australians to have made it to the quarter-final and he will take on Evans after sweeping past Mike Corren.

Meanwhile, Rhys Dowling overcame William Curtis to set up a meeting with Joseph White in the next round after his opponent, Courtney West, retired through injury.

David Clegg defeated wildcard Jason van der Walt and he will line up against Mithran Selvaratnam in the other last eight fixture, with Selvaratnam seeing off Solayman Nowrozi to progress.

Results – First Round: Squash NT Open 2016
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt Joel Luca (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
[7] Rohan Toole (AUS) bt [Q] Jordan Till (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-9
[Q] Joseph White (AUS) bt [8] Courtney West (AUS) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 8-1 (retired)
[3] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [Q] William Curtis (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
[4] David Clegg (AUS) bt [WC] Jason van der Walt (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8
[6] Mithran Selvaratnam (MAS) bt Solayman Nowrozi (AUS) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 14-16, 11-7
[Q] Darcy Evans (AUS) bt [5] Thomas Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-1
[2] Adam Murrills (ENG) bt Mike Corren (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-0, 11-2

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) v [7] Rohan Toole (AUS)
[Q] Joseph White (AUS) v [3] Rhys Dowling (AUS)
[4] David Clegg (AUS) v [6] Mithran Selvaratnam (MAS)
[Q] Darcy Evans (AUS) v [2] Adam Murrills (ENG)

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