U.S. Open Pre-Qualifying Underway

TODAY at the U.S. Open 2014 – Daily Reports

Local pre-qualifying draws for the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships are set with twenty-two of Philadelphia’s best squash players vying for three qualifying positions in the U.S. Open qualifying at Drexel University, October 9-18.

The Men’s and Women’s pre-qualifying draws give top Philadelphia-area players the chance to earn positions in the qualifying draws of the U.S. Open. Matches are played in clubs across the city, with the tournaments culminating in a  finals night open to the public at Drexel University’s Kline & Specter Squash Center, September 16.

With two qualifying spots up for grabs in the Men’s draw of sixteen, 2013 qualifiers Gavin Jones and Imran Khan return, but only one will qualify with the duo seeded to meet in the first pre-qualifying final.

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Gavin Jones

Jones, former world No. 37, coached Franklin & Marshall to a fourth-place national finish last season, and will surely be cheered on by another group of Diplomats should he reach the pre-qualifying finals.

Khan, head coach of Malvern Prep School,  competes on the Squash Doubles Association professional tour where he is ranked twelfth in the world.

Agnes Irwin Head Coach Alex Stait returns to U.S. Open pre-qualifying in the bottom half of the men’s draw as the former world No. 52 looks to repeat his successful 2012 pre-qulaifying run.

Men’s Pre-Qualifying Draw
The 2013 pre-qualifying final between Stoker (R) and Fiechter.

The 2013 pre-qualifying final between Stoker (R) and Fiechter.

The six-player women’s draw is seeded to repeat the 2013 pre-qualifying final between Georgina Stoker and Olivia Fiechter.

Stoker, a professional at Berwyn Squash and Fitness and former touring professional, defeated Fiechter in 2013, and retains the top seed.

Fiechter, who will represent the United States this summer at the 2014 Women’s World Junior Individual Championships, aims to turn around last year’s result while she enters her first semester at Princeton University.

Two recent college graduates and All-Americans challenge Stoker and Fiechter in their first U.S. Open pre-qualifying attempts: University of Pennsylvania’s Nabilla Ariffin and Trinity College’s Alicia Rodriguez.

Women’s Pre-Qualifying Draw

TODAY at the U.S. Open 2014 – Daily Reports