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Qualifier through to squash semi-finals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/06/2017

Czech qualifier Daniel Mekbib has upset sixth seed Mahesh Mangaonkar 3-2 in an intense quarter-final at the PSA professional squash tournament in Auckland.

Mekbib took the first two sets 13-11 11-9 before the Indian battled back to take the next two 11-4 11-6, only for Mekbib to take the fifth 11-9.

Top-seeded New Zealander Campbell Grayson kept eighth seed Josh Larkin of Australia on the back foot for most of their match, winning 11-6 11-7 11-8 to progress through to the semi-finals.

In the other quarter-finals, fourth-seeded Australian Rex Hedrick downed fifth seed Angus Gillams (England) 11-4 9-11 14-12 8-11 11-4 and Scotsman Greg Lobban accounted for Kiwi Evan Williams 11-3 11-4 11-7.

Grayson will meet Hedrick in one semi-final while Lobban will play Mekbib in the other.

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