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Dowling Downs Nowrozi to Reach South Australian Open Last Eight

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Top seed Rhys Dowling recovered from a game down to defeat fellow Australian Solayman Nowrozi and move into the quarter-final of the South Australian Open, PSA M5 tournament held in the Campbelltown Leisure Centre in Adelaide.

Dowling, the World No.140, reached the same stage at last year’s event, but went a game behind after a strong start from Nowrozi threatened to upset the pre-tournament title favourite. However, Dowling recovered and took the next three games without reply to seal the win with an 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 scoreline.

Darwin-born Dowling will take on Swiss qualifier Luca Wilhelmi for a place in the semi-final, with Wilhelmi seeing off the challenge of Joel Luca to seal a second career last eight berth.

Third seed Thomas Calvert was the highest-ranked home player to bow out on the opening day of action after he slumped to a surprise defeat against India’s Sandeep Ramachandran. Ramachandran, who battled through qualification to reach the main draw, looked to be heading out after going one game down, but he fought back to claim the victory in four, setting up a meeting with Australian veteran Mike Corren, who dispatched Vivian Rhamanan, in the process.

South Korea’s Ko Youngjo will also compete in the quarter-final after overcoming compatriot Chang Wook Woo in straight games to ensure that he will take on Elliot Selby in the next round after the Englishman beat Courtney West.

World No.232 Vincent Droesbeke became the third qualifier to advance to the last eight after he 24-year-old claimed a 3-0 victory over number four seed David Clegg and he will pit his wits against Jong Myoung Park next thanks to Park’s win against Alex Eustace.

Results – First Round: South Australian Open 2016
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Solayman Nowrozi (AUS) 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
[Q] Luca Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [8] Joel Luca (AUS) 3-1: 13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 (34m)
[6] Jong Myoung Park (KOR) bt Alex Eustace (AUS) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 (48m)
[Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt [4] David Clegg (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (25m)
[Q] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) bt [3] Thomas Calvert (AUS) 3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 (42m)
[7] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (34m)
[5] Elliot Selby (ENG) bt Courtney West (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
[2] Ko Youngjo (KOR) bt [Q] Chang Wook Woo (KOR) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-1 (24m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) v [Q] Luca Wilhelmi (SUI)
[6] Jong Myoung Park (KOR) v [Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
[Q] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) v [7] Mike Corren (AUS)
[5] Elliot Selby (ENG) v [2] Ko Youngjo (KOR)

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