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Lee Lunges Through to Swiss Open Last Eight


Top seed Joe Lee sealed his spot in the quarter-final of the Swiss IT Factory Swiss Open, PSA M10 tournament with a comfortable straight games win over Ammar Altamimi on the first day of action in Zurich.

The Englishman was in an indomitable mood as he swept aside Altamimi with relative ease, earning an 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 victory to see himself through to the next stage of the tournament.

A quarter-final fixture with Egyptian qualifier Saadeldin Abouaish lies in wait for Lee after he bridged a 104-place World Rankings gap to secure an impressive triumph over Dutch number eight seed Sebastiaan Weenink.

Denmark’s Kristian Frost Olesen is also through to the last eight after he dispatched Daniel Mekbib of the Czech Republic with a 3-1 margin of victory. Up next for Olesen is a meeting with three-time PSA World Tour title winner Joshua Larkin after the Australian narrowly escaped being scalped by wildcard Dimitri Steinmann.

Elsewhere, there was also a win for World No.64 Tom Ford as he recovered from a game down to defeat home player Jonas Daehler. Ford, who hails from Worcester, will lock horns with another qualifier, Baptiste Masotti, in the quarter-final, with the Frenchman seeing off Joe Chapman to progress.

Germany’s Jens Schoor is still in with a chance of competing for an 11th PSA World Tour title after he made it past Martin Svec in four games. His reward is a quarter-final encounter with Benjamin Aubert. Aubert actually succumbed to a final qualifying round defeat to Mekbib, but was granted a lucky loser entry to the main draw after a main draw withdrawal, and he made the most of his chance at redemption by beating Egypt’s Shehab Essam.

Results – First Round: Swiss IT Factory Swiss Open 2016
[1] Joe Lee (ENG) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (33m)
[Q] Saadeldin Abouaish (EGY) bt [8] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (29m)
[Q] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) bt [6] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Jens Schoor (GER) bt [Q] Martin Svec (CZE) 3-1: 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3 (35m)
[3] Tom Ford (ENG) bt [LL] Jonas Daehler (SUI) 3-1: 6-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (39m)
[Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [7] Joe Chapman (IVB) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 (27m)
[5] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt [WC] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-2: 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5 (79m)
[2] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt [Q] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (38m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Joe Lee (ENG) v [Q] Saadeldin Abouaish (EGY)
[Q] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) v [4] Jens Schoor (GER)
[3] Tom Ford (ENG) v [Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[5] Joshua Larkin (AUS) v [2] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN)

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