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Bernat Jaume

Romanian Open: Tournament Preview

The Romanian Open takes place this week, with the first round in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, starts tomorrow as the third PSA World Championship qualifier event of this week takes place.

Spain’s World No.75 Bernat Jaume – who won last year’s tournament – headlines the draw and will open his tournament against wildcard Israel’s World No.278 Daniel Poleshchuk in round one.

Jaume defeated Egypt’s number one seed Aqeel Rehman in the final last year by an 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3 scoreline in 49 minutes to take his maiden PSA title and will be looking to continue his success at the tournament this year when he aims to defend his title.

Last year’s runner-up Rehman will look to go one better at this year’s instalment as he opens his account against Italy’s World No.251 Oliviero Ventrice in round one. Meanwhile, Rehman’s compatriot Youssef Ibrahim will face fellow countryman Tarek Shehata in round one.

Seeded at the opposite end of the draw is Egypt’s World No.86 Ahmed Hosny who will face Italy’s World No.192 Yuri Farneti in round one of the tournament.

Meanwhile, number three seed England’s Jaymie Haycocks will open against Netherlands’ Marc ter Sluis in round one, with the Englishman seeded to meet top seed Jaume in the semi-finals.

Ireland’s Sean Conroy, England’s Robert Downer and Hungary’s Farkas Balazs complete the top eight seeds and will face Czech Republic’s Jakub Solnicky, Netherlands’ Roshan Bharos and Czech Republic’s Viktor Byrtus, respectively.

In addition to a share of the $5,500 prize fund on offer across both the men’s and women’s draws, the winners of the PSA Challenger Tour event will also secure themselves a place at the prestigious PSA World Championships, which will be held in Chicago next year.

Following the announcement of the new PSA structure at the beginning of April, the 2018/19 PSA World Championships – which will become the first tournament in professional squash to offer a prize purse of $1 million – will be held in February and will feature a 64-player draw.

The draw will consist of 56 PSA entrants and a wildcard, with the other places being granted to winners of selected ‘qualifier’ tournaments on the PSA Challenger Tour, of which the Romanian Open is one, and WSF invitees.

Round one action starts from 12:00 local time (UTC+2). Stay up to date with live scores from the tournament here.

Draw – Round One: To be played November 16
[1] Bernat Jaume (ESP) v [WC] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Roshan Bharos (NED) v [7] Robert Downer (ENG)
[6] Sean Conroy (IRL) v Jakub Solnicky (CZE)
Marc ter Sluis (NED) v [3] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
[4] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) v Oliviero Ventrice (ITA)
Viktor Byrtus (CZE) v [8] Farkas Balazs (HUN)
[5] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Tarek Shehata (EGY)
Yuri Farneti (ITA) v [2] Ahmed Hosny (EGY)

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