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Archi Factory Open Lorient RD2: Singh, Smith and Peach Cause Upsets

There were a trio of upsets to end the opening’s day action at the Archi Factory Open Lorient, with India’s Abhay Singh and the English duo of James Peach and Ben Smith all knocking out higher-ranked players to reach the last eight of the Challenger 5 level tournament.

After beating Frenchman Baptiste Bouin in his first match of the day, Indian Abhay Singh took on the tournament’s top seed, Spaniard Ivan Perez, for a place in the quarter finals. The Indian was able to win in three games, with a first game tie-break crucial to keep the momentum in his favour. He won 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 in 50 minutes to book his place in the last eight.

Singh will now face another unseeded player in the quarters, in Englishman Ben Smith, after he downed Belgian No.1, and the event’s No.6 seed, Joeri Hapers, in straight games. The young Englishman spent less than half an hour on court in his second round match, winning in three to advance to the last eight of the competition.

Another Englishman, in James Peach, was the third man to cause an upset in the second round of the Challenger 5 level tournament, as he defeated Germany’s Valentin Rapp, the No.3 seed, in straight games. He spent just 27 minutes on court to book his place in the last eight, where he will now face Switzerland’s Robin Gadola.

The quarter finals of the Archi Factory Open Lorient will take place on Thursday, May 5, with the last eight going head-to-head for places in the semi-finals of the competition.

Second Round Results: Archi Factory Open Lorient
Abhay Singh (IND) bt [1] Ivan Perez (ESP) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
Ben Smith (ENG) bt [6] Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (29m)
[8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 3-1: 17-15, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6 (60m)
[4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt Roshan Bharos (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (31m)
James Peach (ENG) bt [3] Valentin Rapp (GER) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)
[5] Robin Gadola (SUI) bt Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) 3-1: 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (39m)
[7] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) bt Fergus Richards (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (32m)
[2] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Edwin Clain (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (36m)

Quarter Final Draw: To Be Played Thursday, May 5
Abhay Singh (IND) v Ben Smith (ENG)
[8] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) v [4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI)
James Peach (ENG) v [5] Robin Gadola (SUI)
[7] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) v [2] Curtis Malik (ENG)

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