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Mexicans Surprise In Colombian Open Qualifiers

8 Aug 2013

Mexicans Cesar Salazar and Alfredo Avila claimed surprise places in the main draw of the Abierto Colombiano de Squash Club El Nogal after notable upsets in the qualifying finals of the long-established PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at Club El Nogal in the Colombia capital Bogota.

Salazar beat experienced Canadian Shawn Delierre. The world No39 from Montreal had game ball at 10-6 in the fourth to draw level - but Salazar, 14 places lower in the world rankings, raised his game to clinch the match 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 after 48 minutes.

Avila survived the qualifiers for the second year in a row. The 22-year-old world No64 from Mexico City became the lowest-ranked player to qualify - and recorded one of the best wins of his career - when he beat Henrik Mustonen, the world No36 from Finland, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 41 minutes.

Hong Kong's Leo Au survived the day's longest match, beating higher-ranked Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 in 93 minutes.

Au will be joined in the main draw by fellow countryman Max Lee, the world No33 who denied North American interest in the main draw by ousting US champion Christopher Gordon 11-6, 12-10, 11-8.

Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Peter Barker (ENG) v Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Q] Leo Au (HKG)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [WC] Nicolas Valderrama (COL)
Tom Richards (ENG) v [Q] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Max Lee (HKG)
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

Official site: www.abiertocolombianopsa.com

Qualifying finals:
Max Lee (HKG) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 (39m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (48m)
Leo Au (HKG) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 (93m)
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (41m)