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Belfast Open 2016







Belfast Open 2016
Men's Draw
 23-28 Aug
Northern Ireland, $5k

Round One
25 Aug
26 Aug
28 Aug
[1] Richie Fallows (ENG)
11-2, 11-6, 11-4
Joeri Hapers (BEL)
Richie Fallows
11/9, 11/7, 11/13, 11/5
Yuri Farneti
Richie Fallows
10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-1
Douglas Kempsell
Richie Fallows
11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Lyell Fuller
[Q] Owain Taylor (WAL)
11-4, 14-12, 11-5
[8] Yuri Farneti (ITA)
[6] Brian Byrne (IRL)
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7
Bradley Masters (ENG)
 Brian Byrne
11/1, 11/9, 11/5
Douglas Kempsell
[Q] Sam Ellis (ENG)
11-2, 11-3, 11-6
[3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO)
[4] Lyell Fuller (ENG)
11-7, 11-2, 11-8
Elliot Selby (ENG)
Lyell Fuller
11/9, 11/8, 11/8
Tristan Eysele
Lyell Fuller
12/10, 12/10, 11/3
Chris Fuller
[Q] Marc ter Sluit (NED)
6-11, 11-2, 11-8, 12-10
[7] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
[5] Sean Conroy (IRL)
7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7
[Q] Michael Craig (NIR)
Sean Conroy
11/9, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9
Chris Fuller
[WC] Stephen Hearst (IRL)
11-2, 11-4, 11-3
[2] Chris Fuller (ENG)

Results – Final Qualifying Round: Legacy Wealth Belfast Open 2016
[5] Owain Taylor (ENG) bt [1] Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-2: 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5
[3] Sam Ellis (ENG) bt Chris Leiper (SCO) 3-1: 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
[L] Michael Craig (NIR) bt [6] Dan Bergin (WAL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-2
[7] Marc ter Sluis (NED) bt [2] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-1: 3-11, 11-6, 3-2 ret.


Belfast Open 2016
Women's Draw
 23-28 Aug
Northern Ireland, $5k
Round One
25 Aug
26 Aug
28 Aug
[2] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-6, 11-6, 11-4
[Q] Elise Romba (FRA)
Tinne Gilis
11/9, 11/8, 11/7
Rachael Chadwick
Rachael Chadwick
13/11, 11/6, 12/10
Anna Klimundova
Rachael Chadwick
9-11, 3-11, 5-11
Laura Pomportes
[7] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
11-2, 11-2, 11-8
[Q] Sophie O’Rourke (IRL)
[8] Tessa ter Sluis (NED)
11-2, 11-6, 11-6
Stephanie Walton (ENG)
Tessa ter Sluis
11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7
Anna Klimundova
[3] Anna Klimundova (CZE)
11-5, 11-3, 11-2
[Q] Sanne Veldkamp (NED)
[4] Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9
[Q] Hannah Craig (IRL)
Ineta Mackevica
10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5
Hana Moata
Hana Moata
7/11, 11/8, 12/10, 3/11, 11/6
Laura Pomportes
[5] Hana Moataz (EGY)
11-9, 11-7, 11-8
Jenny Haley (WAL)
[6] Elin Harlow (WAL)
6-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-7
Nia Davies (WAL)
Elin Harlow
11/9, 11/8, 11/9
Laura Pomportes
Laura Pomportes (FRA)
11-4, 11-5, 11-3
[1] Alison Thomson (ENG)






Fallows and Pomportes Battle to Belfast Open Titles

England’s World No.68 Richie Fallows and France’s World No.157 Laura Pomportes captured the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open, PSA M5 & W5 titles, respectively, at the Belfast Boat Club after both players managed dominant final performances.

Fallows, 21, dispatched Joeri Hapers and Yuri Farneti in the early stages of the tournament, before overcoming Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell in a bruising five-game semi-final tie to set up a final clash with compatriot and number four seed Lyell Fuller.

Fuller, meanwhile, was appearing in his first PSA World Tour final and sealed his place there courtesy of wins over Stephen Hearst, Sean Conroy and Chris Fuller.

Despite his punishing two-hour fixture against Kempsell the day before, Fallows started the final on the front foot and put Fuller under immediate pressure with a number of accurate shots to the front of the court, which complemented his consistent driving throughout.

The Englishman’s relentless assault paid dividends as he swept to an 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 triumph to claim his second PSA World Tour title.

Pomportes, meanwhile, triumphed in the Women’s event after beating seventh seed Rachael Chadwick by a 3-0 scoreline.

A ten-month injury lay-off between July 2015 and May of this year saw the 27-year-old’s ranking plummet from a career-high No.51, but she returned to form after a devastating display against Chadwick.

After taking a tight opening game by a two-point margin, Pomportes eventually demonstrated her accurate-hitting to great effect and she closed out an 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 triumph to lift her first PSA World Tour title of 2016.
Seeds Sweep Through In Belfast Open


All eight seeded players in the Men’s Legacy Wealth Belfast Open eased through to the quarter-final of the PSA M5 tournament with England’s Richie Fallows headlining the field at the Belfast Boat Club.

Fallows, the World No.68, dispatched Belgium’s Joeri Hapers by an 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 victory that sees him ease through to the last eight.

Up next for Fallows is a meeting with Italy’s Yuri Farneti, who defeated Welsh qualifier Owain Taylor by a 3-0 margin.

Fallows’ compatriot, second seed Chris Fuller, also emerged unscathed from the opening day of action after he rose to a comprehensive victory against Irish wildcard Stephen Hearst. Fuller will line up against another Irishman, Sean Conroy in the quarter-final after Conroy overturned a 2-0 deficit against home player Michael Craig.

Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell and Brian Byrne will contest another of the quarter-final matches thanks to respective wins over Sam Ellis and Bradley Masters, while Lyell Fuller and Tristan Eysele will face off in the other last eight fixture.

Fuller overcame England’s Elliot Selby to reach the quarter-final, with Eysele seeing off Marc ter Sluis in four to progress.

The Women’s event, meanwhile, saw all but one seed make it through to the next stage – with top seed and pre-tournament title favourite Alison Thomson being the only casualty after she succumbed to Frenchwoman Laura Pomportes.

Pomportes will take on Elin Harlow in the next round, while Tinne Gilis will go head-to-head with Rachael Chadwick after they defeated Elise Romba and Sophie O’Rourke, respectively.

There were also wins for Anna Klimundova, Ineta Mackevica, Hana Moataz and Tessa ter Sluis.
Craig Claims Main Draw Belfast Open Berth On Home Soil


Local player Michael Craig advanced to the main draw of the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open, PSA M5 tournament after dispatching Welshman Dan Bergin in straight games in the final round of qualifying at the Belfast Boat Club.

Craig, 20, is appearing at his first PSA World Tour event of 2016 and he wasted no time in establishing himself on proceedings to wrap up an 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 triumph, sealing his place in the main draw in the process.

A main draw clash with number five seed Sean Conroy awaits Craig next as he looks to make the most of the home support.

Meanwhile, the top two qualifying seeds both bowed out during the final round of qualifying, with Miles Jenkins and Phil Nightingale succumbed to Owain Taylor and Marc ter Sluis, respectively.

Ter Sluis will lock horns with South Africa’s Tristan Eysele in the opening round of the main draw, while Taylor is set to face Italy’s Yuri Farneti.

Sam Ellis was the other final qualifying round victor and he will line up against third seed Douglas Kempsell in a tough first round tie.