A win and a loss for New Zealand players in the qualifying draws of the prestigious British Open squash tournament in Hull, England.
Rotorua’s Amanda Landers-Murphy with a world ranking of 39 won her opening match beating Tinne Giles from Belgium in the first round in four games 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8 in 42 minutes. She will now take on Canadian, Hollie Naughton ranked 36th in the world in her final match to make the main draw.
Unfortunately New Zealand’s other entrant in the qualifying, Campbell Grayson was defeated in the men’s first round by American Todd Harrity in five games 11-7, 12-10, 7-10, 9-11, 1-11 in 77 minutes.
The main draw of the US$165,000 for men and for women starts on Tuesday night (NZ time) with multi-Commonwealth Games medallists Joelle King, the fourth seed and Paul Coll facing qualifiers in their first round matches, meaning they will play their matches a day later.