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White Oaks Classic Begins in Canada


Tournament wildcard Fernando Magdaleno came up with a huge shock on the opening day of action at the Black Knight Canada White Oaks Court Classic, PSA M5 tournament after the World No.342 overcame third seed Joe Chapman to reach the next round.

Magdaleno, a 22-year-old from Mexico, is ranked a mammoth 227 places below Chapman in the World Rankings, but came up with a magnificent performance to take the win in four games and advance to only the second quarter-final of his career.

Canadian David Baillargeon lies in wait for Magdaleno in the last eight after he defeated United States player Dylan Cunningham by the same scoreline on home soil.

The experienced number one seed Martin Knight also progressed to the next round as he hunts down an 11th career PSA World Tour title. The 32-year-old from New Zealand won the BDO Northfield Cup earlier this month and looks to have maintained his fine form after a devastating display against Kale Wilson saw him set up a quarter-final meeting with local favourite Nick Sachvie.

Elsewhere, second seed Michael McCue, the highest-ranked Canadian in the draw at World No.110, moved to within one win of matching his semi-final finish at last year’s tournament after beating Nigeria’s Babatunde Ajagbe. He will face Micah Franklin, who received a walkover against Bryan Cueto, in the next round.

The other quarter-final fixture will be contested by England’s Anthony Graham and Jamaica’s Lewis Walters after they prevailed over Norway’s Adrian Ostbye and Canadian Albert Shoihet, respectively.

Results – First Round: Black Knight Canada White Oaks Court Classic 2016
[1] Martin Knight (NLZ) bt Kale Wilson (TRI) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-2
[6] Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt Thomas King (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-2
[5] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Dylan Cunningham (USA) 3-1: 9-11, 16-14, 11-4, 11-9
[WC] Fernando Magdaleno (MEX) bt [3] Joe Chapman (IVB) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7
[4] Lewis Walters (JAM) bt Albert Shoihet (CAN) 3-1: 14-16, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
[7] Anthony Graham (ENG) bt Adrian Ostbye (NOR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
[8] Micah Franklin (BER) bt Bryan Cueto (MEX) w/o
[2] Michael McCue (CAN) bt Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-8

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Martin Knight (NZL) v [6] Nick Sachvie (CAN)
[5] David Baillargeon (CAN) v [WC] Fernando Magdaleno (MEX)
[4] Lewis Walters (JAM) v [7] Anthony Graham (ENG)
[8] Micah Franklin (BER) v [2] Michael McCue (CAN)

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