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Elias and Al Tamimi Cause Upsets in Final Round of NetSuite Open Qualifying


Peruvian World No.34 Diego Elias and Qatari World No.42 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi overcame higher-ranked opposition in the final qualifying round of the NetSuite Open to reach the main draw of the PSA M100 tournament taking place in San Francisco, United States.

World No.34 Elias, a two-time World Junior Champion, came up against England’s Tom Richards in his fixture, with 30-year-old Richards ranked eight places above Elias in the World Rankings.

“To be honest, it feels a bit weird to be playing in the qualifying, I haven’t done that in a long time. But it’s good to get two matches in and to get to the main draw again.
“I’m just happy to get back on court again. When I first came back I put a lot of pressure on myself to want to do well and win again. After a while, you realise that you should just be happy to play with no pain. So right now, this year that’s my goal. To play as many matches as I can without any hassle.”

Low is set to face Egypt’s World No.12 Nour El Tayeb in round one, while Fiona Moverley, Samantha Teran and Sarah Cardwell also rose to victories.

Moverley and Teran will meet United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy and Heba El Torky, respectively, while Cardwell will clash with England’s Victoria Lust.

2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s Final Qualifying Round Results
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [8] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (65m)
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt [2] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (25m)
[5] Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt [3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-2: 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 (46m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)

2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s First Round Draw
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Max Lee (HKG) v [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Diego Elias (PER)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s Final Qualifying Round Results
[1] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Laura Pomportes (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (22m)
[4] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [L] Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 12-10, 8-11, 12-11, 11-5 (44m)
[3] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [L] Aisling Blake (IRL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (25m)
[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [6] Alison Thomson (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (30m)

2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s First Round Draw
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v [5] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[8] Heba El Torky (EGY) v [Q] Samantha Teran
Line Hansen (DEN) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [7] Joey Chan (HKG)
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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