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English Players Dominate World Open Qualifiers

25 Nov 2007

English players claimed half of the qualifying places on offer in the Endurance World Open in Bermuda as Alister Walker, Bradley Ball, Jonathan Kemp and Daryl Selby powered past their opponents in the qualifying finals of the $175,000 flagship PSA Tour event in the island's capital Hamilton.

Walker was the first to make it to the main draw when he beat Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 in 45 minutes. The 25-year-old from Leeds, in his second successive World Open as qualifier, is drawn to face sixth seed John White, the hard-hitting US-based Scotsman making his first PSA Tour appearance outside the USA since April.

Bradley Ball bounced to the swiftest win of the day, beating Egypt's Yasser El Halaby 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 in just 25 minutes. The 31-year-old from Ipswich - winner of more PSA Tour titles than any other Englishman on the current Tour - now faces compatriot Peter Barker, the 11th seed from Essex.

Jonathan Kemp survived a five-game tussle with Kashif Shuja before beating the New Zealander 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4 in 43 minutes. The 26-year-old from Telford takes on Malaysia's 15th seed Ong Beng Hee - while Daryl Selby, an 11-4, 11-7, 11-10 (3-1) victor over Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz, will meet France's No2 seed Gregory Gaultier.

Julian Illingworth produced an impressive 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 win over Egypt's experienced former world No14 Omar Elborolossy to become the first USA player to claim a place in the main draw of a World Open. The 23-year-old Yale graduate - at 50, the lowest ranked player to qualify - will face fifth seed Thierry Lincou, the 2004 World Open champion from France.

Eric Galvez also becomes the first Mexican to qualify for the World Open. The 24-year-old from Puebla beat Australian Ryan Cuskelly 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 and is rewarded by a first round clash with Egypt's No9 seed Wael El Hindi.

Qualifying finals:
Alister Walker (ENG) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)
Bradley Ball (ENG) bt Yasser El Halaby (EGY) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (25m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-10 (2-0), 11-5, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5 (77m)
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Omar Elborolossy (EGY) 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (48m)
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Kashif Shuja (NZL) 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4 (43m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (67m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-10 (3-1) (56m)