Top-seeded qualifier Alan Clyne and 2014 Harvard graduate Ali Farag led the way through men’s qualification at the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open in Philadelphia today, coming through the final round of qualification to book their places in the main draw for the first PSA World Series event of the 2015/16 season. On the women’s side, Joelle King continued her comeback from achilles injury and is joined by the lone American to qualify, Olivia Blatchford.
Clyne came from behind to see off talented French youngster Lucas Serme, while Farag overcame the enthusiastic home crowd to eliminate Drexel head coach, John White in three games. In the Women’s event, New Zealand’s two-time semifinalist and former world No. 4, Joelle King, recorded a convincing win over qualifying top-seed Line Hansen.
Clyne will now take on Alister Walker of Botswana in the main draw on court 1 in the Kline & Specter Squash Courts, with Farag faces Germany’s Simon Rösner at 6:30pm.
In the Women’s event King will hope to continue her form against India’s Dipika Pallikal on Sunday at 6:30pm, and Blatchford faces Camille Serme of France on Saturday at 5:30pm on the ASB GlassCourt.
Main draw action gets underway at Drexel University beginning 12noon on Saturday, October 10, with tickets available to purchase at: usopensquash.com