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Martin Marches Into Prague Open Last Eight


Home hope Petr Martin continued his impressive run in the City of Prague Open, PSA M5 tournament after winning his first round match against seventh seed Sean Conroy.

Martin was inspired form, with a number of intelligent shots, mixed with his superb court craft, enabling him to dominate the ’T’ in an enthralling contest. After going two games to the good, Martin conceded the third, but was soon back on top to complete an 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5 win to move through to the next round.

Martin’s reward is a quarter-final tie with second seed Sebastiaan Weenink following the Dutchman’s win over Welsh qualifier David Haley.

“It was a very fair match,” said Martin.

“I was a bit stronger than him and I played more volleys. At the beginning of the third, he hit some good shots, got a good lead, and I could not come back. But in 4th I got in front of him again and I won the match.”

World No.232 Richard Williams caused the day’s other big upset after he overcame a 67-place World Rankings gap to eliminate Sam Gould. Williams will line up against number three seed Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the quarter-final, with Pajares seeing off Miles Jenkins in three.

Meanwhile, Daniel Mekbib of the Czech Republic triumphed on home soil at the expense of Spain’s Bernat Jaume to set up a quarter-final clash with top seed Joel Makin, who downed wildcard Jan Ryba.

Another home favourite, Martin Svec, will compete in the last eight courtesy of a victory against Ondrej Uherka, and the 21-year-old will do battle with compatriot Jan Koukal, who along with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew is the joint-third most successful active player on the PSA World Tour with 33 titles to his name.

Results – First Round: City of Prague Open 2016
[1] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [WC] Jan Ryba (CZE) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)
Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [5] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-1: 13-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7 (48m)
Richard Williams (ENG) bt [6] Sam Gould (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-2 (26m)
[3] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [Q] Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 13-11 (34m)
[8] Martin Svec bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-0: 14-12, 11-7, 14-12 (
[Q] Petr Martin (CZE) bt [7] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5
[2] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) bt [Q] David Haley (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Joel Makin (WAL) v Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
Richard Williams (ENG) v [3] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
[4] Jan Koukal (CZE) v [8] Martin Svec (CZE)
[Q] Petr Martin (CZE) v [2] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED)

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