English Qualifiers Prevail In Edmonton
30 Nov 2012
English qualifiers Declan James and Ben Coleman led a flurry of upsets in the opening round of the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open in Canada which will leave only two seeds contesting the quarter-finals of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event in its fifth successive year at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton.
"Very pleased to get a 3-1 win tonight, miles better than yesterday," tweeted James later. "Looking forward to the quarters now tomorrow!"
"What a great start of the main round of the ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open!" exclaimed the club's Head Squash Professional Jeff Williams after Sharp's upset.
"The final match of the evening between Finitsis and Hedrick was a great finale to the round of 16," added Williams.
Dane Sharp (CAN) v Shaun le Roux (RSA)
Steven Finitsis (AUS) v [Q] Declan James (ENG)
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) v [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG)
 Zac Alexander (AUS) v Farhan Zaman (PAK)
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Dane Sharp (CAN) bt  Arturo Salazar (MEX) 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-1 (32m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt [Q] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (44m)
[Q] Declan James (ENG) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 (41m)
Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt  Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3 (81m)
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8 (47m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Fred Reid (CAN) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
 Zac Alexander (AUS) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)