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Guatemala Open Tournament RD2: Home Hopes Cause Upsets

The second day of the 1st Guatemala Open Squash PSA Tournament continued to see upsets, and it was the same home trio that were in action, as they all made it through to the quarter finals of the Challenger 5 level tournament.

There will be a home hope in the semi-finals, with two Guatemalans now scheduled to play each other in the last eight of the competition. Ricardo Toscano defeated No.3 seed Yannick Wilhelmi to make his way through, while Alejandro Enriquez got the better of No.7 seed Edgar Ramirez Bautista.

The other Guatemalan into the quarter finals is Josue Enriquez. He beat Australia’s No.6 seed Joseph White in four games, and will now face No.2 seed Ronald Palomino in the last eight, after the Colombian had to fight from being two games down to overcome the challenge of Pakistan’s Ahsan Ayaz.

In the top half of the draw, Paraguayan No.1 Francesco Marcantonio defeated No.5 seed Guilherme Melo to make the last eight, and he will now face England’s Tom Walsh, who is fresh off the back of a victory on Tour last week.

Top seed Alfredo Avila had no trouble in making his way into the quarter finals of the competition, getting past England’s Charlie Lee in straight games. The Mexican will now face Brazil’s Diego Gobbi, the No.8 seed, for a place in the last four of the event.

Action from the 1st Guatemala Open Squash PSA Tournament will continue on Thursday, February 24, with the quarter finals being played at the Asociacion Deportiva Nacional de Squash.

Second Round Results: 1st Guatemala Open Squash PSA Tournament
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (39m)
[8] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt Alejandro Reyes (MEX) 3-2: 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (60m)
Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bt [5] Guilherme Melo (BRA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (55m)
[4] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt Andres Herrera (COL) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 (61m)
Ricardo Toscano (GUA) bt [3] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (33m)
Alejandro Enriquez (GUA) bt [7] Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) 3-1: 13-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6 (61m)
Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt [6] Joseph White (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-1
[2] Ronald Palomino (COL) bt Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) 3-2: 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 1-5, 11-7 (56m)

Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Thursday, February 24
[1] Alfredo Avila (MEX) v [8] Diego Gobbi (BRA)
Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) v [4] Tom Walsh (ENG)
Ricardo Toscano (GUA) v Alejandro Enriquez (GUA)
Josue Enriquez (GUA) v [2] Ronald Palomino (COL)

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