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Connor Sheen (photo by Kim Roberts)

Select Gaming Kent Open Championships Main Draw Completed

The main draw of the Select Gaming Kent Open Championships – which gets underway on June 15 – has been finalised after Czech player Ondrej Uherka, Portugal’s Rui Soares and English duo Connor Sheen and Miles Jenkins all secured victory in the final round of qualification at the PSA M5 tournament.

World No.150 Soares faced World No.211 Taminder Gata-Aura, who he comfortably despatched over three games with a 11-1, 11-4, 11-5 win in 21 minutes while World No.154 Uherka claimed a 3-2 victory over England’s World No.177 Mark Broekman. Uherka stormed into a 2-0 lead before Broekman battled back to win the third and fourth game leaving it down to the fifth game where Uherka was able to cement his place in the first round draw with a 11-3 win.

England’s Jenkins was in action against Belgium’s World No.216 Joeri Hapers, who had beaten qualifying top seed Tristan Eysele the previous evening. Hapers started strongly but was unable to maintain his composure at the crucial moments as World No.184 Jenkins grew in confidence to seal a 3-0 win and his place in first round.

Elsewhere, World No.157 Sheen defeated fellow Englishman World No.219 Matthew Broadberry over three games after a close first game saw Connor win 12-10 before going onto take control of the contest to win in straight games.

Sheen will now meet Jan Van Den Herrewegen in the first round, whilst Uherka was drawn against Richie Fallows, Soares will meet Danish number one Kristian Frost and Jenkins meets number two seed Todd Harrity in a first round packed full of quality.

Qualifying Finals
Connor Sheen (ENG) bt Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (35m)
Ondrej Uherka (CZE) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 11-3 (58m)
Rui Soares (POR) bt Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-5 (21m)
Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 14-12, 11-4, 11-8 (39m)

First Round Draw:
[1] Joel Makin (WAL) v [WC] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) v [Q] Connor Sheen (ENG)
[5] Adam Murrills (ENG) v Asim Khan (PAK)
[3] Richie Fallows (ENG) v [Q] Ondrej Uherka (CZE)
[4] Joshua Masters (ENG) v Edmon Lopez (ESP)
[8] Kristian Frost (DEN) v [Q] Rui Soares (POR)
[7] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) v Mark Fuller (ENG)
[2] Todd Harrity (USA) v [Q] Miles Jenkins (ENG)

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