Aumard and Tomlinson Axe Home Hopes in Ciudad de Floridablanca Qualifying
Top qualifying seeds Coline Aumard and Millie Tomlinson advanced to the main draw of the inaugural Ciudad de Floridablanca, PSA W70 tournament after they defeated home opposition in Laura Tovar and Karol Gonzalez, respectively.
Aumard, the French World No.32, was in fine form to record a straight games win over Bogota-based World No.200 Tovar, with an 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 win seeing the 26-year-old secure her place in the main draw of the most lucrative women’s squash tournament ever to take place in South America.
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Aumard’s reward is a meeting with England’s World No.16 Victoria Lust, against whom she will be aiming to end a four-match winless streak.
Meanwhile, Tomlinson earned her main draw berth after a similarly impressive showing against local player Karol Gonzalez, claiming an 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 victory to set up a main draw meeting with tournament top seed Amanda Sobhy in round one.
The other two players to emerge victorious from the qualification stage were experienced Mexican Samantha Teran and Canada’s Hollie Naughton, with the pair recording respective wins over Haley Mendez and Diana Garcia.
Teran, the 35-year-old World No.49, will take on number two seed Nicol David for a place in the quarter-finals of the main draw, while Naughton will line up against Hong Kong’s Joey Chan in the opening round.
The main draw of the Ciudad de Floridablanca takes place between March 8-11 and it is the first standalone women’s tournament outside of a World Championship to be broadcast live on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player – while the opening day of the tournament coincides with International Women’s Day.
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Results – Final Qualifying Round: 2017 Ciudad de Floridablanca
 Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Laura Tovar (COL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (28m)
 Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Diana Garcia (MEX) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-5 (20m)
 Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)
 Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [L] Karol Gonzalez (COL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 (24m)
Main Draw – First Round: To Be Played March 8th
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Heba El Torky (EGY) v  Tesni Evans (WAL)
 Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [WC] Catalina Pelaez (COL)
Olivia Blatchford (USA) v  Annie Au (HKG)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
 Joey Chan (HKG) v [Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) v  Nicol David (MAS)
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