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Haley Mendez

Texas Open: Home Hopes Sail Through on Day One

United States home hopes Haley Mendez and Olivia Fiechter both secured their places in round two of the J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open after 3-0 wins over Netherlands’ Tessa ter Sluis and Malaysia’s Weenee Low, respectively.

The PSA Bronze tournament is hosted alternatively in Dallas and Houston every year, with this year’s instalment held in Dallas, and is the second oldest women’s professional squash tournament to be held in the United States.

Action on day one saw home hopes Mendez and Fiechter both complete comfortable victories to move into the second round. World No.45 Mendez defeated Ter Sluis by an 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 scoreline, while World No.52 Fiechter took 17 minutes to defeat Low 11-6, 11-3, 11-1.

Mendez and Fiechter will now face Egypt’s World No.33 Nadine Shahin and Wales’ World No.10 Tesni Evans, respectively in round two.

Meanwhile, Welshwoman Ali Loke will face top seed England’s Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the quarter-finals after she defeated Colombia’s World No.74 Catalina Pelaez in a tight five-game encounter. Loke was forced to come from behind twice as she eventually closed out a 5-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 win.

Czech Republic’s Anna Serme will take on defending champion and USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the second round after she conquered Canada’s Nicole Bunyan in five-games. Serme was forced to hold off a comeback from the Canadian to secure an 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6 in a tough 52-minute battle.

Elsewhere, England’s former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf went down in straight-games to Egypt’s World No.68 Menna Nasser who will now face former World No.1 Rachael Grinham for a place in the last eight.

There was also joy for Belgium’s World No.43 Tinne Gilis and Finland’s World No.66 Emilia Soini, who defeated Egypt’s Salma Youssef and Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister on the opening day of action. Ties against Netherlands’ Milou van der Heijden and England’s Victoria Lust await Gilis and Soini, respectively.

Results: Round One
Ali Loke (WAL) bt Catalina Pelaez (COL) 3-2: 5-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 (40m)
Menna Nasser (EGY) bt Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (21m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Salma Youssef (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (27m)
Emilia Soini (FIN) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-5 (23m)
Anna Serme (CZE) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-2: 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6 (52m)
Haley Mendez (USA) bt Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (20m)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Weenee Low (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 (17m)

Draw: Round Two
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Ali Loke (WAL)
Menna Nasser (EGY) v [7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[6] Milou van der Heijden (NED) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
Emilia Soini (FIN) v [4] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[3] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [8] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[5] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Anna Serme (CZE) v [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

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