Local favourites Senga Macfie and Lauren Gray both won tough matches in the women’s qualifiers as the Edinburgh Sports Club Open, the richest event on the British pro squash circuit, got under way last night.
There was further home success in the men’s qualifiers, with Alan Tasker, James Jacobsen, Rory Stewart, Iain Stewart, Chris Gray and tournament director Simon Boughton among the winners.
The tournament runs until Sunday.
Men’s Preliminary Round: Chris Leiper bt Ewan Stewart 3-0; Chris Gray w/o Tom Chitty; Seigo Masuda bt Nick Forrest 3-0; Iain Tennant bt Fergus Richards 3-1; Rory Stewart bt Robert Dadds 3-1;Tom Bamford bt Gareth Brown 3-0; Alan Tasker bt Dan McGinn 3-0; Stuart George bt Tom Partington 3-0; Elliot Selby bt Craig Valent-Wallace 3-0; Chris Shinne bt James Singh 3-0; Luke Parker bt Michael Ross 3-0; Adam Turner bt David Beaumont 3-1; Taminder Gata-Aura bt Ross McHoul 3-2; Simon Boughton bt Matt Schonfrucht 3-0; James Jacobsen bt Jacques Laas 3-0.
Women’s Qualifying Round One: Alison Thomson (Eng) bt Elspeth Young (Sco) 3-1; Senga Macfie (Sco) bt Ekaterina Marusan (Rus) 3-1; Taylor Flavell (Aus) bt Stephanie Walton (Sco) 3-0; Ineta Mackevica (Lat) bt Kirsty Lobban (Sco) 3-0; Lauren Gray (Sco) bt Tessa ter Sluis (Ned) 3-2; Roxanna Keshavarz (Eng) bt Emily Ison (Eng) 3-2; Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp) bt Claire Gadsby (Sco) 3-1; Jessica Davis (Eng) bt Elin Harlow (Wal) 3-0.