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Donna Lobban celebrates on court

Manchester Open Side Courts: Day 2 Evening Session

The final batch of side court action at the Manchester Open saw four matches take place on court three at the National Squash Centre, with six nationalities represented.

There were two English girls in action, with Rachael Chadwick up against Donna Lobban, and Millie Tomlinson facing Hollie Naughton, with two Egyptian men also on court in the evening session, in Youssef Soliman and Omar Mosaad.

This is how things went down on court three on Thursday evening.

Lobban Downs Chadwick In First Round Clash

Australia’s Donna Lobban is through to the last 16 of the Manchester Open after she got the better of England’s Rachael Chadwick on the traditional plaster courts.

It was the young Englishwoman who got off to the quicker start, but Lobban was able to take seven straight points through the middle part of the first, and she stole the momentum away.

Both the second and third games followed the same pattern, with both being tight through to the latter stages. It would be the Aussie that took the win in both to take the overall victory, winning in straight games to book her place in the second round. She will face World No.4 Nour El Tayeb on Saturday evening.

Result
[15] Donna Lobban (AUS) bt Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)

Marche Downs Soliman To Advance

Gregoire Marche (fore) in action against Youssef Soliman

French No.1 Gregoire Marche made his way through to the second round of the Manchester Open after a convincing straight games victory over Egypt’s Youssef Soliman.

The World No.16 looked in control for the majority of the match, and was able to take over in the important situations, snatching the momentum in both the first and second games.

He won both 11-7, before then dominating the third, and what would be final, game. The Frenchman allowed Soliman just two points in it, as he secured his place in the last 16, where he will face World No.2 Ali Farag.

Result
[12] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 (44m)

Naughton Secures Upset Win Over Tomlinson

Hollie Naughton smiles on court during her first round clash

Unseeded Hollie Naughton caused one of the shocks of the day as she defeated the tournament’s No.16 seed, Millie Tomlinson, in a thrilling five-gamer at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

It did look like it would be a lot simpler for the Canadian No.1, though, as she raced into a quick two-game lead, thanks to some hard hitting as well as some clever touches in the front two corners.

However, Tomlinson fought back, and took the third game comfortably. The fourth was more difficult for the Englishwoman, but she was able to take it at the end 11-9 to level the match and send it into a decider.

It would be Naughton that eventually took the win in the clash, thanks to taking the final game 11-7. She will now face English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry on Saturday evening.

Result
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [16] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 9-11, 11-7 (52m)

Mueller Shocks Mosaad To Win In Four

Nicolas Mueller (right) got the better of Omar Mosaad (left)

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