England’s highest ranked teenager Patrick Rooney produced an magnificent performance to reach the quarter-final stage of the Courtcare Open, PSA M10 tournament courtesy of a superb win over World No.79 Piedro Schweertman – the Dutchman who is ranked 81 places above Rooney in the World Rankings.
Having won the Katowice Open less than a month ago, Schweertman came into his encounter with Rooney full of confidence, but went two games behind after a strong start from the 19-year-old tournament wildcard.
Schweertman clawed a game back in the third, but Rooney rallied to take the fourth, wrapping up an 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 victory to set up a last eight clash with top seed Ben Coleman after the World No.53 dispatched Ukrainian qualifier Ondrej Uherka.
There were further upsets to be found at the Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club as the number two and three seeds, Eddie Charlton and Tom Ford, also exited the tournament on the opening day of action.
Charlton succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against World No.119 Mark Fuller, while Ford let a 2-1 lead slip against Ashley Davies to bow out by the same scoreline. Fuller’s reward is a quarter-final clash with Matthew Hopkin, the Australian who defeated eighth seed Ammar Altamimi, and Davies is set to face Fuller’s brother, Chris, for a place in the last four.
2013 World Junior Champion Karim El Hammamy and Belgium’s Jan van den Herrewegen will meet in the other quarter-final fixture after they beat Lyell Fuller and Martin Svec, respectively.
Results – First Round: Courtcare Open 2016
 Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [Q] Ondrej Uherka (UKR) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (41m)
[WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt  Piedro Schweertman (NED) 3-1: 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 (53m)
 Chris Fuller (ENG) bt [Q] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
Ashley Davies (ENG) bt  Tom Ford (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6 (74m)
 Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [Q] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 12-10, 14-16, 12-10 (68m)
 Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [Q] Martin Svec (CZE) 3-1: 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11 (60m)
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) bt  Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (33m)
Mark Fuller (ENG) bt  Eddie Charlton (ENG) 3-2: 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7 (79m)
Draw – Quarter-Final
 Ben Coleman (ENG) v [WC] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
 Chris Fuller (ENG) v Ashley Davies (ENG)
 Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v  Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL)
Matthew Hopkin (AUS) v Mark Fuller (ENG)