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Local Hope Harker Ousts Hawkins in Tasmanian Open Qualifying

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Australia’s Rod Harker moved through to the main draw of the Tasmanian Open after axing second qualifying seed Tyler Hawkins in a thrilling five-game encounter to bring qualifying at the PSA M5 tournament to a close.

The lead changed hands multiple times throughout a dramatic match that saw momentum shift on a number of occasions as the compatriots traded a series of high-octane blows. After going 2-1 up, Harker was hauled back by World No.398 Hawkins but engineered some breathing space for himself in the decider to close out an 11-3, 5-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8 victory.

Harker, appearing at his first tournament since last year’s Tasmanian Open, will line up against England’s Elliot Selby in the first round of the main draw, with Selby looking to make it through the opening round of a PSA World Tour event for the first time.

World No.312 Darcy Evans and New Zealand’s Zac Millar also engaged in an exciting five-game affair, with the former advancing to the main draw where he will take on South Korea’s Jong Myoung Park.

Top qualifying seed Sandeep Ramachandran and Mohamed Saeed will also compete in the main draw action after they managed respective triumphs over local duo Matthew McConnell and Matthew Creely.

Ramachandran is set to face Australian number eight seed Joe Luca in the first round of the main draw, while Saeed will do battle with Rhys Dowling.

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Tasmanian Open 2016
[1] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) bt [L] Matthew McConnell (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-4
[3] Mohamed Saeed (EGY) bt [L] Matthew Creely (AUS) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
[4] Darcy Evans (AUS) bt [5] Zac Millar (NZL) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7
[L] Rod Harker (AUS) bt [2] Tyler Hawkins (AUS) 3-2: 11-3, 5-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) v Vivian Rhamanan (SIN)
[Q] Darcy Evans (AUS) v [7] Jong Myoung Park (KOR)
[5] David Clegg (AUS) v Chang Wook Woo (KOR)
Luca Wilhelmi (SUI) v [4] Thomas Calvert (AUS)
[3] Ko Youngjo (KOR) v Solayman Nowrozi (AUS)
[Q] Rod Harker (AUS) v [6] Elliot Selby (ENG)
[8] Joel Luca (AUS) v [Q] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND)
[Q] Mohamed Saeed (EGY) v [2] Rhys Dowling (AUS)

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