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Cactus Classic 2016





Cactus Classic 2016
10 - 14 Feb
Phoenix, USA, $16k
Round One
10-11 Feb
12 Feb
13 Feb
14 Feb
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (39m)
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Reiko Peter
Omar Abdel Meguid
8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-7, 12-10, 9-11,
11-4 [54 min]
Todd Harrity
[Q] Sean Conroy (IRL)
11-3, 11-8, 11-2 (28m)
[7] Reiko Peter (SUI)
[5] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (79m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 11-
Henrik Mustonen
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6 (43m)
[4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
[3] Todd Harrity (CAN)
7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-3 (44m)
[Q] David Baillargeon (CAN)
Todd Harrity
8-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7
Chris Hanson
Todd Harrity
6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
Chris Hanson (USA)
3-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-2, 14-12 (81m)
[8] Peter Creed (CAN)
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (26m)
[Q] Valentino Bong (MAS)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9
Karim Ali Fathi
[WC] Faraz Khan (USA)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)
[2] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic 2016

Results – Final Qualifying Round:
[5] Valentino Bong (MAS) bt [1] Joe Chapman (IVB) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (34m)
Sean Conroy (IRL) bt [4] Reuben Phillips (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 12-10, 12-10 (74m)
[6] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 14-12, 13-11 (35m)
[8] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [2] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-2: 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 1-11, 12-10 (83m)


Meguid Victorious At Cactus Classic

In form Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid, the 27-year-old from Giza, extended his recent mid-tier dominance on the PSA World Tour to collect a third consecutive PSA M15 tournament by defeating home hope Todd Harrity in the final of the 2016 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic 2016 in Phoenix, USA.

The World No.33, who now has eleven PSA World Tour titles to his name, came into the 16-man main draw tournament in the form of his life having won back-to-back tournaments, at the Qatar Circuit II and Oregon Open, for the first time in his career and his confidence was evident as he commanded the field from round one.

The powerful giant, who stands 191cm, swept aside World No.81 Jaymie Haycocks, No.69 Reiko Peter and World No.67 Mahesh Mangaonkar to set up the title-decider with No.52 Harrity and his big match experience came to the fore early on as he stormed out of the gates to take the opening there points and set up an easy first game win.

Harrity fought back in the second but, when tied at 10-10, failed to convert his chance as Meguid opened up a commanding 2-0 lead. American number one Harrity showed his court craft and skill in the third as he slowed the pace to frustrate the Egyptian but Meguid upped his levels again in the fourth to power to victory and take the title 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4.
Home Hope Hanson Takes Out Creed In Cactus Classic


The second day of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, PSA M15 tournament saw the first round action draw to a close with United States No.3 Chris Hanson claiming a superb victory against eighth seed Peter Creed in an epic five-game thriller to move through to to the quarter-final.

Welshman Creed looked to be in cruise control after establishing an early two-game lead but Hanson soon sparked into life, taking the remaining three games without reply to record a 3-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-2, 14-12 triumph.

Hanson will go up against compatriot Todd Harrity, the United States No.1, in the last eight after he overturned a one-game deficit to defeat Canada’s David Baillargeon.

Second seed Karim Ali Fathi, meanwhile, is also through to the next round after a routine win over wildcard Faraz Khan. The Egyptian was in scintillating form as he disposed of Khan in straight games and he outmatched the World No.158 to complete the victory in just 32 minutes.

Fathi will face Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the next round after the number six seed dispatched Valentino Bong.

Al Tamimi was in top form throughout the encounter and comfortably dismantled the Malaysian in three games to secure his quarter-final berth.
Seeds Sail Through Cactus Classic Opening Round


There were no upsets to be found on the first day of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, PSA M15 tournament as all four seeded players eased through to the quarter-final stage.

Title favourite Omar Abdel Meguid went up against England’s Jaymie Haycocks in his fixture and used all of his impressive 6’ 2” frame to dominate the court to great effect.

The World No.33 comfortably pulled through in three games to wrap up the victory by an 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 margin and secure a last eight berth.

Meguid will go up against Reiko Peter in the next round after the Swiss seventh seed dispatched Ireland’s Sean Conroy in a straightforward 3-0 win.

World No.57 Henrik Mustonen, meanwhile, overcame Clinton Leeuw to reach the quarter-final of a PSA World Tour event for the first time since October. South African Leeuw put in a strong showing against an opponent ranked 74 places above him in the world rankings but ultimately fell short in four games.

Next up for Mustonen is India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar who downed 20-year-old Egyptian Karim El Hammamy. Both players took part in a heated battle and, despite the referee being called in to action a few times throughout the encounter, Mangaonkar managed to achieve the victory in 79 minutes to earn his place in the next round.
Baillargeon Battles Past Idrakie In Cactus Classic Qualifying


Canada’s David Baillargeon earned his place in the main draw of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic, PSA M15 event after a hard-fought clash with Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie in the final round of qualifying.

Baillargeon quickly settled into a rhythm of taking the ball early and peppering a barrage of attacking shots into the front of the court to take a two-game lead. A change of tactics from Idrakie saw him fight back to level proceedings and the 22-year-old dropped just a single point in the fourth as he looked to be on his way to a superb comeback.

However, buoyed by an enthusiastic crowd, Baillargeon managed to steady his game up to creep to the victory on the tie-break, earning the win with an 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 1-11, 12-10 scoreline to set up a main draw meeting with United States No.1 Todd Harrity.

Valentino Bong fared better than compatriot Idrakie as he swept past top qualifying seed Joe Chapman to seal his spot in the first round of the main draw. Bong took advantage of an out of sorts Chapman to wrap up the victory in straight games and he will go head-to-head with Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in round one.

Elsewhere, Ireland’s Sean Conroy came through a tough 74-minute fixture against Reuben Phillips to move in to to the main draw where he will line up against Reiko Peter for a place in the quarter-final.

Clinton Leeuw and Mark Broekman went up against each other in the other final qualifying round clash with the former prevailing to claim a main draw spot against Henrik Mustonen in the next round.