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Chapman Claims BVI Open Last Four Spot


Top seed Joe Chapman battled through to the semi-final of the British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship, PSA M5 tournament after coming through a hard-fought fixture with Guatemala’s Italo Bonatti in the last eight.

Chapman, a semi-finalist in last year’s tournament, surged into a two-game lead, but was pegged back in the third after a resurgent Bonatti began to find his rhythm and hit his lengths with consistency.

The World No.107 was soon back on top though after rattling off a succession of winners and he closed out an 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 victory to remain on course to take the crown on home soil.

Up next for Chapman is an encounter with England’s Adam Murrills, who secured his place in a sixth successive PSA World Tour semi-final after dispatching Mauricio Sedano 3-0 in just 32 minutes.

Cameron Stafford and Jesus Camacho, seeds two and four, respectively, will face off in the other semi-final fixture. Stafford, of the Cayman Islands, saw off Kale Wilson in straight games, while Camacho is one win away from reaching a third career PSA World Tour final thanks to a highly-competitive 3-2 win against fellow Mexican Leonel Cardenas.

Results – Quarter-Final: British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship 2016
[1] Joe Chapman (IVB) bt [8] Italo Bonatti (GUA) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5
[3] Adam Murrills (ENG) bt [7] Mauricio Sedano (GUA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-2
[4] Jesus Camacho (MEX) bt [Q] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 3-2: 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7
[2] Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt [5] Kale Wilson (TRI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Joe Chapman (IVB) v [3] Adam Murrills (ENG)
[4] Jesus Camacho (MEX) v [2] Cameron Stafford (CAY)

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