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Enora Villard will be in action this week in Mulhouse, France

Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Action From Pakistan and France

The PSA Challenger Tour continues this week with two more Challenger 10 level tournaments. There is a women’s event in France, along with an event in Pakistan, which has both male and female draws.

Like all tournaments on the Challenger Tour at the moment, both of these have restricted entry. Only players currently living in Pakistan on a permanent basis may enter the BISL 4 Southern Punjab International Squash Tournament.

Meanwhile, at the Open des Bretzels, held in Mulhouse, there will be cross-border participation. That means that players currently residing in France’s neighbouring nations, in Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland will be allowed to enter.

That means there is quite a European feel to the event, with seven nations represented, and four of those being represented in amongst the top five seeds for the tournament. Melissa Alves will be the top seed in Mulhouse, and will be aiming to claim a third title of 2021 already, after wins in Paris and Le Havre over the last five weeks.

Compatriots Enora Villard and Marie Stephan are also in the top eight for the tournament, with the Swiss trio of Cindy Merlo, Ambre Allinckx and Nadie Pfister also involved. Latvian No.1 Ineta Mackevica and Czech No.1 Anna Serme also lay claim to a place in the top five seeds for the event.

Spanish No.1 Cristian Gomez is the last of those who currently sit inside the top 100 of the World Rankings to feature in the draw, while Hungarian No.1 Hannah Chukwu and German No.1 Ali Gunsav will also be involved.

All of the action from the Open des Bretzels will be streamed live on the Challenger Tour YouTube channel, with action beginning on Friday morning.

The BISL Southern Punjab event is restricted just to entrants currently residing in Pakistan, with just one non-Pakistani featuring across both the men’s and women’s draws. That will be Darosham Khan, who represents Canada, and he will play in the men’s event.

Madina Zafar, who won the last time she featured on Tour, at the Pakistan International Squash Tournament in December, will be the top seed for the women’s draw, while Asim Khan, the World No.66, will be the favourite to take the men’s title.

Tournament Details
BISL 4 Southern Punjab International Squash Tournament: Thursday 11 – Monday 15
Open des Bretzels: Friday 12 – Sunday 14

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