Baptiste Masotti in action during the 2016 Austrian Open
Nantes Open Qualifying Kicks Off
The opening qualifying stage of the 2016 Open International de Squash de Nantes, PSA M25 tournament saw all but one seeded qualifier progress to the final round of qualifying at the Cité Internationale des Congrès in France.
World No.125 Baptiste Masotti upset the seedings as he dispatched Belgium’s number six qualifying seed Jan van den Herrewegen in four games. The 21-year-old, performing on home soil, went a game down in the early stages, but recovered to record a 4-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 triumph that sees him move to within one win of the main draw stage.
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The Frenchman will go head-to-head with England’s Richie Fallows in the next round and will be hoping that home advantage will be enough to earn him a win over a player that won his second PSA World Tour title a fortnight ago at the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open.
Christophe Andre, the World No.107, was the other French player to advance to the final qualifying round courtesy of a 3-0 win against New Zealand’s Lance Beddoes, and he will face experienced Dutchman Piedro Schweertman, who defeated local player Johan Bouquet.
Elsewhere, England’s Chris Fuller and Welshman Joel Makin will meet in another of the fixtures on the final day of qualifying after they achieved wins over French duo Auguste Dussourd and Victor Crouin, respectively.
Birmingham-based Jaymie Haycocks was also triumphant in his first qualifying round match against Enzo Corigliano and will take on Egypt’s Mazen Gamal for a place in the main draw, with Gamal receiving a bye.
Results – First Qualifying Round: Open International de Squash de Nantes 2016
 Joel Makin (WAL) bt [L] Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 13-11, 11-3 (39m)
 Chris Fuller (ENG) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-1: 4-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-3 (49m)
 Christophe Andre (FRA) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
 Piedro Schweertman (NED) bt [L] Johan Bouquet (FRA) 3-1: 15-17, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (55m)
 Richie Fallows (ENG) (bye)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt  Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-1: 4-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 (52m)
 Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt [L] Enzo Corigliano (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
 Mazen Gamal (EGY) (bye)
Draw – Final Qualifying Round
 Joel Makin (WAL) v  Chris Fuller (ENG)
 Christophe Andre (FRA) v  Piedro Schweertman (NED)
 Richie Fallows (ENG) v Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
 Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) v  Mazen Gamal (EGY)
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