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Aqeel Rehman claimed a first round win in Israel

Rehman Roars Past Hapers in Israel


Top seed Aqeel Rehman sealed his place in the last eight of the Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival, PSA M5 tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over Belgium’s Joeri Hapers in Israel.

Rehman is bidding to win a second PSA World Tour on the bounce after triumphing at last month’s Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open, and showcased his title credentials with a devastating 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 victory to reach the quarter-final.

Local qualifier Nir Zisman, the only qualifier left in the tournament, will take on Rehman for a place in the semi-final after he achieved a fine win against Austria’s Jakob Dirnberger in round one.

Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu is also through to the next round after he overcame England’s Richard Williams 3-1. Pajares stormed into a two-game lead and, despite conceding the third to his opponent, went up a gear in the fourth to see out the win and set up a quarter-final clash with another Englishman, Julian Tomlinson, who downed wildcard Nir Cohen.

Pajares’s compatriot, Edmon Lopez Moller, will join his fellow Spaniard in the last eight after he shrugged off the attentions of Ron Levy. He will go up against Israel’s Roee Avraham in the next round, with the World No.229 progressing thanks to a 3-1 win over England’s Alex Noakes.

France’s Auguste Dussourd will take on Spain’s Bernat Jaume in the other quarter-final fixture after they managed respective triumphs against qualifying duo Hendrik Vossing Nadav Raziel.

Results – First Round: Raanana Squash Center 30th Anniversary Festival 2016
[1] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (40m)
[Q] Nir Zisman (ISR) bt [6] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT) 3-1: 14-12, 11-8, 12-14, 11-6 (37m)
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [Q] Nadav Raziel (ISR) 3-0: 11-0, 11-5, 11-3 (30m)
[4] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt [Q] Hendrik Vossing (GER) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (47m)
[3] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) bt [Q] Ron Levy (ISR) 3-1: 11-8, 11-9, 12-14, 11-6 (58m)
Roee Avraham (ISR) bt [7] Alex Noakes (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (43m)
[8] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) bt [WC] Nir Cohen (ISR) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (49m)
[2] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Richard Williams (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5 (42m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) v [Q] Nir Zisman (ISR)
[5] Bernat Jaume (ESP) v [4] Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[3] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) v Roee Avraham (ISR)
[8] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) v [2] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)

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