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Edmon Lopez

Santiago Open SF: Lopez and Garcia Take Out Top Two Seeds

Both of the semi-finals at the Santiago Open saw upsets on Wednesday evening, with the top two seeds, in Ivan Perez and Hugo Varela, being knocked out of the tournament.

The first match of Wednesday’s semi-finals saw No.4 seed Edmon Lopez take on top seed Ivan Perez, and it went the way of the World No.166 in straight games, going through to the final in convincing fashion.

Perez had come through a tough five-game battle with Augusto Ortigosa in the last eight, and that showed, as Lopez, the former World No.47, was able to take control of the match from the off to book his place in the final.

He will face No.3 seed Sergio Garcia Pollan, after the Spaniard got the better of No.2 seed Hugo Varela in a four-game battle, coming back to win after losing the first game of their contest.

Garcia, who sits 33 places below his compatriot in the World Rankings, lost the first game 11-9, and had to fight to win the second, eventually taking it on a tie-break 15-13 to level the match.

The World No.124 continued in that vein of form, and carried the momentum through the rest of the contest, winning it 3-1 to move into the final, which will be played at Gimnasion Squash Santiago on Thursday afternoon.

Semi-Final Results: Santiago Open
[4] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [1] Ivan Perez (ESP) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
[3] Sergio Garcia Pollan (ESP) bt [2] Hugo Varela (ESP) 3-1: 9-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-4

Final Draw: To Be Played Thursday, February 10
[4] Edmon Lopez (ESP) v [3] Sergio Garcia Pollan (ESP)

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