Dramatic days action for squash singles
27 July 2002
Canada’s in-form world no 2 Jonathon Power cruised into the last 16 of the men’s singles.
He had an emphatic 9-0, 9-3, 9-5 win over Jersey’s Michael Hopkins.
The Montreal-based Commonwealth Games silver medallist from Kuala Lumpur four years ago never allowed the world’s 104th ranked player to find his feet and he will now play Pakistan’s Mansoor Zaman on Sunday. Zaman beat Welshman Scott Fitzgerald 9-3, 9-3, 9-1.
World No 10 and eighth seed Lee Beachill (ENG) progressed smoothly into the last 16, with a decisive 9-3, 9-2, 9-1 win over Chingford-based Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) on the showcourt. The Pontefract player was in a class of his own throughout the 32-minute encounter.
Maidenhead-based Stewart Boswell (AUS) failed to drop a single point as he cruised past the unseeded Guernsey player Chris Simpson. He now faces Welshman David Evans, who crushed Kenya’s Hartaj Bains 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 in 22 minutes.
Australia’s Paul Price, ranked 14 in July’s Dunlop PSA world rankings, had to fight hard on court seven to brush off a strong challenge from Pakistan’s Shamsul Islam Khan, the world no 57. Price won 9-6, 9-4, 9-5 and now meets Mark Chaloner (ENG).
Chaloner, a doubles gold medallist four years ago, worked hard to beat Northern Ireland’s Steve Richardson 9-2, 9-2, 9-3 in 57 minutes. Pakistani 15th seed Shahid Zaman Khan beat Zambia’s Patrick Chifunda 10-9, 9-6, 9-7.
In the Women’s singles, Jamaica’s Marlene WEST threatened an upset against the Canadian Melanie Jans by winning the opening game 9-6 on court two. Jans rallied to win the next three 9-3, 9-4, 9-6.
Northern Ireland’s Madeline Perry comfortably beat Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 9-2, 9-0, 9-1, while New Zealand’s 12th seed Shelley Kitchen overcame Canada’s Margo Green 9-2, 9-4, 9-0.
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