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Courtcare Open Qualifying Gets Under Way


English World No.145 Lyell Fuller sealed his place in the final qualifying round of the Courtcare Open, PSA M10 tournament after defeating compatriot Matthew Sidaway 3-1 at the Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club.

Fuller, 20, took the opening game before conceding the second after an improvement from Sidaway. He steadied the ship though in the third game, dropping just three points as he regained his lead, and pressed on to take the fourth in an 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 victory.

Exeter-based Fuller will lock horns with World No.249 Bradley Masters in the final round of qualifying after he swept past seventh seed Lewis Doughty.

Number eight qualifying seed James Peach is also through to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 win over Phil Nightingale. A strong start from Peach saw the 19-year-old power to a 2-0 lead and, despite Nightingale clawing a game back in the third, he held firm to take the win in four games, setting up a fixture with Martin Svec of the Czech Republic, who beat Cai Younger.

Elsewhere, Miles Jenkins and Sam Ellis will do battle in an all-English affair after they rose to respective scalps against Nick Mulvey and Julian Tomlinson. Jenkins came back from behind to claim a 3-2 triumph, while Ellis achieved a hard-fought straight games victory.

South Africa’s Tristan Eysele and number five qualifying seed Ondrej Uherka will face off in the other final qualifying round fixture after Eysele dispatched Taminder Gata-Aura and Uherka defeated Owain Taylor.

Results – First Qualifying Round: Courtcare Open 2016
[1] Lyell Fuller (ENG) bt [L] Matthew Sidaway (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (29m)
Bradley Masters (ENG) bt [7] Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (31m)
[5] Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-1: 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7 (67m)
[3] Tristan Eysele (RSA) bt Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 13-15, 11-5, 11-7 (36m)
Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [4] Nick Mulvey (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (54m)
Sam Ellis (ENG) bt [6] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (45m)
[8] James Peach (ENG) bt Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (43m)
[2] Martin Svec (CZE) bt Cai Younger (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3 (42m)

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Lyell Fuller (ENG) v Bradley Masters (ENG)
[5] Ondrej Uherka (CZE) v [3] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
Miles Jenkins (ENG) v Sam Ellis (ENG)
[8] James Peach (ENG) v [2] Martin Svec (CZE)

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