Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip moved through to the last eight of the 2017 Sporta Guatemala X Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta after an injury to defending champion Borja Golan saw the Spaniard forced to retire from the match while two points away from victory.
Golan, the World No.15 who beat Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in last year’s final, was 2-1 up and 9-5 in in the fourth game before a rupture to the fascia in his foot forced him to pull out of the match, meaning Yip will face Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed for a place in the semi-finals.
Yip will be joined by countryman Max Lee in the next round after Lee dispatched New Zealand’s World No.39 Campbell Grayson in a brutal five-game affair.
Lee, the World No.18, surrendered a two-game lead to allow Grayson to set up a decider, but the man from Hong Kong recovered in the fifth game to ensure that he will face Colombian former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar and Peruvian two-time World Junior Champion Diego Elias will meet in a mouthwatering last eight clash after they claimed first round wins over Leo Au and Karim Ali Fathi, respectively.
2016 runner-up Cesar Salazar was also victorious on day one of the main draw after he overcame Omar Abdel Meguid and the World No.21 will meet former World No.4 Omar Mosaad in the next round.
Results – First Round: 2017 Sporta Guatemala X Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt  Borja Golan (ESP) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 9-5 ret.
 Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-9
 Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 3-11, 11-6, 11-5
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-5
 Diego Elias (PER) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [WC] Josue Enriquez (GUA) 3-0:11-3, 11-0, 11-3
 Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-2: 13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5
Draw – Quarter-Final
Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) v  Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v  Diego Elias (PER)
 Max Lee (HKG) v  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)