The second day’s play across four Philadelphia venues saw sixteen players secure places in the main draws of the second PSA World Series event of the season.
Both women’s matches at Drexel were five-setters with Belgium’s Nele Gilis coming from two games down to upset fourth seed Liu Tsz-Ling, while England’s Fiona Moverley had to save a match ball before seeing off the challenge of 16-year-old Egyptian Hania El Hammamy.
There were three Egyptian women’s qualifier though, Salma Hany Ibrahim beating third seed Low Wee Wern in four games, US-based Kanzy El Dafrawy upsetting top seed Nicolette Fernandes and Nadine Shahin winning an all-Egyptian matchup with Mariam Metwally.
Tesni Evans and Coline Aumard claimed their expected places, while unseeded Misaki Kobayashi produced a second successive upset as she beat the sole US hopeful Olivia Blatchford.
In the men’s draw there were against-the-odd wins for Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi over Greg Lobban, Abdulla Al Tamimi, who won in five close games against Adrian Waller, and Kiwi Campbell Grayson who took out third seed Nicolas Mueller in straight games.
The two surprise winners in the first round met, and it was Finland’s Henrik Mustonen who came out the five-game winner against Ivan Yuen. Elsewhere there were straight-game wins for Paul Coll, Alan Clyne, Nafiizwan Adnan and Diego Elias.
The main draws start at noon tomorrow at Drexel with the top halves of the draws on two courts.