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Seeded players advance in NetSuite Open

SAN FRANCISCO — Each of the seeded players in the NetSuite Open’s qualifying field advanced tonight as they play for four spots in the first round of the Professional Squash Association International 70 tournament on Friday. No. 1 Olli Tuominen (Finland), No.2 Alan Clyne (Scotland), No. 3 Henrik Mustonen (Finland), No. 4 Campbell Grayson (New Zealand), No. 5 Cesar Salazar (Mexico), No. 6. Steven Finitsis (Australia), No. 7 Chris Gordon (U.S.A.) and No. 8 Matthew Karwalski (Australia) will play tomorrow at The Bay Club San Francisco and University Club.

Tuominen made quick work of Faisal Riaz (Pakistan), needing only 16 minutes to post a 11-3, 11-1, 11-5 victory at the Bay Club San Francisco. Karwalksi (Australia) earned a matchup with Tuominen with his 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 triumph over Gareth Webber (Wales) that took 21 minutes.

Clyne rattled off a three-game victory over Muhd Asyraf Azan (Malaysia) by a 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 score in 56 minutes at the University Club. He’ll be faced by New York’s Gordon, who dispatched of fellow American Cody Cortes in 26 minutes with a 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 performance.

Mustonen needed four games (9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9) to get past Bay Club San Francisco pro Charlie Johnson (England) on his home court in a 53-minute match. Salazar gets an opportunity to face Mustonen tomorrow after posting a 3-1 decision over Italo Bonatti (Guatemala) 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-3 in 42 minutes at the Bay Club.

16-year-old Menlo Park native Gabriel Morgan (U.S.A.) couldn’t get past Finitsis, who delivered a 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 performance that required 26 minutes on the Olympic Club court. The Australian will face No. 4 Grayson, who required four games to punch his ticket to the next round, getting by Shahier Razik (Canada) 11-6, 11-3, 13-15, 11-8 in 59 minutes at the University Club.

 

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