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Clyne in action during the 2015 Grasshopper Cup

GC Cup: Clyne Dispatches Anjema As Qualifying Comes To A Close

Scotland's Alan Clyne led all four top seeded players through the final round of qualification at the 2016 Grasshopper Cup, PSA M70 tournament taking place in Zurich, Switzerland, courtesy of an impressive straight-games victory over Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema.

Clyne came from behind in the opening game against the former World No.9 before producing a masterclass performance, utilising his drop shots and length to nullify Anjema's threats and set up a main draw encounter with Marwan Elshorbagy.

“Finishing the first game from 7-9 down was crucial today,” said Clyne.

“I stuck to my game plan and kept him working so I'm very happy with the result against such as classy player as LJ.”

Top seeded Adrian Waller came through his final qualification battle with Campbell Grayson 3-1 to set up a first round encounter with Cameron Pilley, while Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan will take on defending champion Gregory Gaultier after downing Kristian Frost Olesen after a 61-minute battle.

“At 10-6 In first I lost concentration so it was a bit of a wake up call,” said Adnan.

“From then on I was able to dictate the pace and picked my moments to go short.”

The final berth in the main draw was taken by New Zealand's Paul Coll after he saw off the dangerous threat of experienced campaigner Olli Tuominen.

“I felt good out there today and played positive squash in the first two games,” said Coll.

“I lost my way in the third and credit to him as he took advantage of it. But I managed to get the initiative back in the fourth and I'm looking forward to having a crack at the big boys at Puls5 in the main draw.”

Results – Qualification Finals:
[1] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [6] Campbell Grayson 3-1: (NZL) 3-1: 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9 (66m)
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (61m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [7] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-1: 11-3, 11-7, 4-11, 11-3 (45m)
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [5] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (37m)

Main Draw – First Round
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[WC] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
[Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) v [5] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[6] James Willstrop (ENG) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[Q] Paul Coll (NZL) v [2] Simon Rösner (GER)

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