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2015 champion Charles Sharpes in action

Rooney, Hopkin and Sharpes Reach Kent Open Last Eight

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Emerging talent Patrick Rooney impressed in round one of the Select Gaming Kent Open, PSA M10 tournament, with a surprise victory over sixth seed Arthur Gaskin at the Mote Squash Club.

The 18-year-old was in scintillating form and showed his resilience to come back from 2-1 down to claim the win 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 against an opponent who began to suffer from cramp the longer the match went on

Rooney will now meet fellow Englishman Tom Ford in the quarter-final after the number two seed dispatched Ashley Davies 3-0.

There was a further upset as Australia’s Matthew Hopkin bridged a 15-place World Rankings gap to fell World No.89 Chris Fuller. Hopkin achieved the victory in 38 minutes, and maintained his rhythm throughout, despite a 10-minute stoppage to treat a blood injury.

“I twisted my ankle at 1-1 in the first game, and then grazed my knee as I hit the floor, so had to go off to stop the blood flowing,” explained Hopkin, who will play Welshman Peter Creed in the last eight.
 
“When I came back on court, Chris won four points in a row, but I managed to focus and get stuck into the game.”

Defending champion Charles Sharpes remains on course to retain his title after he comfortably disposed of qualifier Asim Khan. The World No.53 will meet his compatriot, Jaymie Haycocks, in the next round following Haycocks’s routine win against Brian Byrne.

Richie Fallows and Joel Makin complete the quarter-final lineup, and they will face each other for a place in the semi-final. Fallows beat Lyell Fuller to advance, while Makin ended World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman’s 14 match unbeaten.

Results – First Round: Select Gaming Kent Open 2016
[1] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [Q] Asim Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (45m)
[5] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt [LL] Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 (45m)
[8] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3 (82m)
[3] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 10-12, 11-6, 16-14 (47m)
[4] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [Q] Nick Mulvey (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt [7] Chris Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-1 (38m)
[Q] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt [6] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (69m)
[2] Tom Ford (ENG) bt Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 11-2 (46m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Charles Sharpes (ENG) v [5] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
[8] Joel Makin (WAL) v [3] Richie Fallows (ENG)
[4] Peter Creed (ENG) v Matthew Hopkin (AUS)
[Q] Patrick Rooney v [2] Tom Ford (ENG)

By James Hall

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