Jamaica’s Lewis Walters secured safe passage through to the
quarter-final of the RC Pro Series, PSA M15 event with a stunning
3-1 victory over number five seed Eric Galvez.
The World No.125, who is ranked 47 places below Mexico’s Galvez,
went behind early on after a mammoth opener but battled back to take
three games in a row to see out a 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 triumph.
Walters will meet England’s Tom Ford in the next round after he
kicked off his attempts to claim a second successive PSA World Tour
title in fine style with a win over Robert Downer.
Mexico’s other representative in the draw, Arturo Salazar, had
better luck in his fixture with Christopher Binnie as he downed the
number six seed in the day’s other Mexico v Jamaica battle to set up
a quarter-final clash with home hope Chris Hanson who dispatched
Matias Tuomi also claimed a win over Joe Chapman and his reward is a
place in the next round against second seed Eddie Charlton who
downed wildcard Dylan Cunningham in straight games.
Number one seed Alan Clyne meanwhile eased past Matthew Serediak
with a 3-0 victory and will go head-to-head with Babatunde Ajagbe in
Pro Series Off To A Start
The RC Pro Series, PSA M15 main draw gets under way on Wednesday
November 11 at The Racquet Club in St Louis, United States with a
number of spectacular showdowns on the cards.
Scotland’s Alan Clyne is seeded first for the event as he looks to
capture his first PSA World Tour crown of 2015.
The 29-year-old has reached two finals this year at the Pittsburgh
Open and Costa Rica Tennis Club Open but bowed out at the first
hurdle in both the Delaware Investments US Open and the Qatar
Classic in the last two months.
Clyne, who has six PSA World Tour titles to his name, lines up
against Matthew Serediak in the opening round.
Eddie Charlton represents England’s greatest hope of claiming
silverware at the event but, like Clyne, is yet to pick up a PSA
World Tour title this year.
The 27-year-old lost out in the opening round of the Welaptega
Bluenose Squash Classic on his last PSA World Tour appearance but
will be hoping for greater things this time around. Wildcard Dylan
Cunningham is his opponent in the first round.
One player who has tasted success in 2015 is Tom Ford whose win at
last week’s Goodlife Open brought his PSA World Tour title tally for
the year up to two after he also captured the Marlborough College
Open in January.
Ford plays Robert Downer for a place in the quarter-final with the
latter out to cause an upset despite being ranked 52 places below
World No.79 Ford in the World Rankings.
Chris Hanson is the home favourite ahead of the event and will look
to put his recent qualification disappointment at the US Open behind
him as he focuses on honours in St Louis. New York-based Hanson, who
won his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Kiva Club Open two months
ago, goes head-to-head with Michael McCue in round one.