British Quartet Moves Into Swedish Open Main Draw as Qualification Ends by Sean Reuthe
February 1, 2017
- Qualification at the 2017 UCS Swedish Open came to a close in
Linköping this evening with British squash players enjoying success in
all four encounters as English trio Joe Lee, Declan James and Adrian
Waller were joined by Welshman Joel Makin in the main draw of the PSA
Lee, the number six qualifying seed, produced an impressive performance
to get past French number two seed Lucas Serme in straight games, while
James was forced to come from behind to win a testing five-game,
80-minute encounter with Spaniard Iker Pajares Bernabeu.
James will hope to carry that momentum into a first round encounter
with Tarek Momen, runner-up here twelve months ago, while Lee earns a
first round match up with 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier.
Waller also had to battle his way through a five-game final
qualification match, with German Raphael Kandra being the victim, while
Makin, the number eight seed, edged his way past Egyptian Mohamed Reda
in a tense four-game encounter, recovering from dropping the first to
secure the victory courtesy of 13-11 wins in the third and fourth games.
Makin will face Cameron Pilley in the first round, with Waller going up against Simon Rösner.
Results - Final Qualifying Round: 2017 UCS Swedish Open
 Adrian Waller (ENG) bt  Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-2: 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (77m)
 Joe Lee (ENG) bt  Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-2 (51m)
 Declan James (ENG) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-2: 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (80m)
 Joel Makin (WAL) bt  Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 13-11, 13-11 (78m)
Main Draw - First Round (To Be Played February 2nd)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[Q] Joel Makin (WAL) v  Cameron Pilley (AUS)
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
[WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE) v  Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
 Simon Rösner (GER) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v  Daryl Selby (ENG)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Q] Declan James (ENG)
[Q] Joe Lee (ENG) v  Gregory Gaultier (FRA)