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French Trio To Contest Qualifying Finals In Paris

23 Sep 2008

Three French players will contest the qualifying finals of the Internationaux de France following successes in the first qualifying round of the $62,000 5-star PSA Tour event, the first major squash championship to be held in Paris since 1995.

Joan Lezaud upset Czech champion Jan Koukal - ranked more than 100 places higher in the world list - 14-12, 11-9, 11-8. The 22-year-old from Aix-en-Provence will now face Englishman Chris Ryder, the highest-ranked player in the qualifying draw, who beat Frenchman Yann Perrin 6-11, 11-6, 11-2, 12-10.

Mathieu Castagnet also pulled off a ranking upset in beating Dylan Bennett, the world No50 from the Netherlands, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5. Castagnet, the world No80 from Le Mans, now faces Indian champion Saurav Ghosal, an 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 victor over South African Jesse Engelbrecht.

Julien Balbo, from Chambery, despatched Australian Bradley Hindle 11-7, 13-11, 11-4 to set up a qualifying final clash with England's Tom Richards, the world No53 from Surrey who beat Frenchman Romain Tenant 11-9, 14-12, 11-3.

1st qualifying round:
Chris Ryder (ENG) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 6-11, 11-6, 11-2, 12-10 (54m)
Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Jan Koukal (CZE) 14-12, 11-9, 11-8 (54m)
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-7, 13-11, 11-4 (46m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Romain Tenant (FRA) 11-9, 14-12, 11-3 (39m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (62m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Jesse Engelbrecht (RSA) 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 (70m)
Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-5 (90m)