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Richie Fallows during the 2015 AJ Bell British Grand Prix

Fallows Comes Through Tough Mustonen Clash to Reach Semis in Cleveland


World No.80 Richie Fallows secured his place in the last four of the Cleveland Skating Club Open, PSA M10 tournament after overcoming Finland’s Henrik Mustonen in a deceptively difficult straight games victory.

Fallows, 21, opened up his tournament with a routine 3-0 win over Mexico’s Miled Zarazua, but was pushed hard by Mustonen in his quarter-final fixture and needed tie-breaks to see of the World No.59 in the first two games.

Mustonen responded by trying to exert pressure on Fallows in the third game, but the Englishman’s incredible speed enabled him to make a series of superb retrievals and a two-point margin was once again the only difference between the pair as Fallows wrapped up a 13-11, 12-10, 11-9 triumph that really could have gone either way.

Fallows’ reward is a semi-final meeting with pre-tournament title favourite Raphael Kandra, who had to come back from 2-1 down to defeat the dangerous Argentinean Leandro Romiglio in his quarter-final fixture, prevailing 12-10 in the fifth.

England’s Charles Sharpes was also forced to come from behind in a brutal fixture with compatriot Eddie Charlton, and his 3-2 win sees him pitted against Canada’s Andrew Schnell in the last four where a place in the final awaits.

Results – Quarter-Final: Cleveland Skating Club Open 2016
[1] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [7] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10
[6] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt [3] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 13-11, 12-10, 11-9
[4] Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt [8] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
[2] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [5] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9

Watch LIVE action from the semi-final stage of the Cleveland Skating Club Open

Draw – Semi-Final
All times are local (GMT-4)
17:30 [1] Raphael Kandra (GER) v [6] Richie Fallows (ENG)
18:30 [4] Andrew Schnell (CAN) v [2] Charles Sharpes (ENG)

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