English Trio Qualify In Sweden

31 Jan 13

English interest in the Case Swedish Open will be boosted by three after Adrian Waller, Jonathan Kemp and Chris Simpson prevailed in the qualifying finals of the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event celebrating its tenth year at Linköping Sporthall in Linköping, Sweden.

Simpson will mark his third successive appearance in the main draw following his 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 victory over India's Siddharth Suchde. The world No29 from Guernsey has been drawn to face compatriot Nick Matthew, the world No2 seeded to become the first player to win the title four times in Linköping.

Kemp, making his first appearance on the PSA World Tour this year, denied Kristian Frost Olesen a place in the first round by beating the Danish champion 11-7, 11-5, 11-5. The former world No20 from Ipswich now lines up against fellow Englishman Tom Richards, the world No13.

Waller defeated Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 - and is also drawn to meet a fellow countryman, Peter Barker, the event's third seed.

But the quickest win of the day gave the biggest event in continental Europe an unexpected Nordic boost when Finland's Henrik Mustonen upset Marwan El Shorbagy - the 19-year-old world junior champion from Egypt struggling with a hamstring injury - 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 in just 27 minutes.

Mustonen, the Finnish number two ranked 51 in the world, makes his second successive appearance in the main draw, against Australian Cameron Pilley.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[4] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Tarek Momen (EGY)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Simon Rosner (GER) v Rasmus Hult (SWE)
Tom Richards (ENG) v [Q] Jonathan Kemp (ENG)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

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Qualifying finals:
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (43m)