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Tuomi Takes Out Clegg to Reach NZ Classic Main Draw


Number one qualifying seed Matias Tuomi moved through to the main draw of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic as the curtain was brought down on the final round of qualifying at the PSA M15 tournament.

Tuomi, the World No.128 from Finland, dominated the early exchanges to take a one-game lead, but was almost pegged back in the second game after being forced all the way to a tie-break. He pulled through though and came out on top in the third game as well to close out an 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 victory that ensures he will compete in the main draw. The 30-year-old will line up against England’s Joshua Masters for a place in the quarter-final, with Masters looking to follow up the Austrian Open title he won in his last appearance on the PSA World Tour.

Ashley Davies will join Tuomi and Masters in the main draw after the World No.136 overcame the experienced New Zealander Kashif Shuja in a thrilling five-game encounter. Davies fought hard to go two games ahead, only to see 36-year-old Shuja dig in his heels and battle back to all square. With the home crowd behind Shuja, Davies came up with an assured display in the decider, and took it for the loss of five points to wrap up the win and set up a a main draw meeting with Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen.

Elsewhere, Ben Grindrod succumbed to the same fate as compatriot Shuja on home soil after he went down in straight games to Eain Yow Ng. Eain is set to face Australia’s Joshua Larkin in the opening round of the main draw.

Shuja has been handed another lifeline, however. India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar was forced to pull out of the main draw, meaning Shuja was granted lucky loser status, and he will go head-to-head with James Huang in round one.

Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie went up against each other in an all-Malaysian affair, with the former prevailing courtesy of a 3-0 triumph. Kamal has the distinction of facing top seed and home favourite Paul Coll in the next round, with Coll likely to be roared on by a partizan crowd.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic 2016
[5] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-7
[4] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [3] Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 13-11
[2] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt [6] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 3-2: 11-8, 15-13, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5
[1] Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt [7] David Clegg (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-8

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
[LL] Kashif Shuja (NZL) v [8] James Huang (TPE)
[5] Peter Creed (WAL) v [WC] Luke Jones (NZL)
[Q] Ashley Davies (ENG) v [3] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) v Lance Beddoes (NZL)
[Q] Matias Tuomi (FIN) v [6] Joshua Masters (ENG)
[7] Joshua Larkin (AUS) v [Q] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
Evan Williams (NZL) v [2] Rex Hedrick (AUS)

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