EM Noll Classic QF: Seeds Continue To Fall In Quarters – Professional Squash Association – PSA World Tour


The E.M. Noll Classic continued on Friday at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, and there were more shocks to be seen, especially in the men’s event, as just one of the top four seeds made it into the semi-finals of the Challenger 5 level draw.

The lone member of the top four is the men’s top seed, USA’s Faraz Khan. The American got the better of Pakistan’s Ahsan Ayaz, but he needed five games to do so, as the Pakistani came back form behind twice to level the match. Khan was able to claim the deciding fifth game though, winning in 58 minutes to book his spot in the last four.

He will face England’s Sam Todd, after the No.6 seed easily overcame the tournament’s No.4 seed, Spencer Lovejoy. The Englishman needed just half an hour to win in three. He is joined by compatriot Charlie Lee in the semis, with the unseeded Englishman overcoming No.8 seed Timothy Brownell.

It will be a battle of the Lee’s in the last four, as Hong Kong’s Max Lee defeated compatriot, and No.2 seed, Henry Leung in four games, with the first being a monster tie-break that the No.5 seed claimed 18-16. He then won the second as well, before dropping the third, but went on to claim victory with another tie-break in the fourth, to move through to the semi-finals.

The women’s draw, which sees a Challenger 10 prize given at the end of the week, all went to seeding in the quarter finals, but it wasn’t straight forward for Hong Kong’s Tze Lok Ho. The No.3 seed was taken all the way by up-and-coming Egyptian starlet Fayrouz Aboelkheir, with the Hong Kong No.1 winning in five games, after being on court for 64 minutes.

She will now face No.2 seed Jasmine Hutton after the Englishwoman got the better of Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk in 17 minutes, winning in straight games. Compatriot Lucy Turmel, the tournament’s top seed, made her way into the semis after Julianne Courtice had to retire in the second game, and she will now face No.4 seed, Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz-Ling in the last four on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Men’s Quarter Final Results: E.M. Noll Classic
[1] Faraz Khan (USA) bt Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) 3-2: 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 (58m)
[6] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [4] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (29m)
Charlie Lee (ENG) bt [8] Timothy Brownell (USA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-3, 8-11, 3-0 rtd (28m)
[5] Max Lee (HKG) bt [2] Henry Leung (HKG) 3-1: 18-16, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10 (68m)

Men’s Semi-Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, February 5
[1] Faraz Khan (USA) v [6] Sam Todd (ENG)
Charlie Lee (ENG) v [5] Max Lee (HKG)

Women’s Quarter Final Results: E.M. Noll Classic
[1] Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt [6] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 9-1 rtd (9m)
[4] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [8] Lily Taylor (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 (31m)
[3] Tze Lok Ho (HKG) bt Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 (64m)
[2] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 (17m)

Women’s Semi-Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, February 5
[1] Lucy Turmel (ENG) v [4] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[3] Tze Lok Ho (HKG) v [2] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)

Source: https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/9464