Qualifying Finals, Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club, London
Alan Thatcher reports
Three rising English stars won through to the first round of the Canary Wharf Classic after a day of marathon matches in the qualifying finals at Wimbledon.
Robbie Temple and Chris Simpson meet compatriots Daryl Selby and Adrian Grant (ranked 11 and 16 in the world) while Adrian Waller has been drawn against German number one Simon Rosner in this high-quality PSA World Tour International 50 event.
Hungarian Mark Krajcsak fought back from one game down to beat Italian Davide Bianchetti and he is rewarded with a demanding tie against number three seed Peter Barker, also of England.
Eight Englishmen are competing in the main draw at the spectacular East Wintergarden venue at Canary Wharf, led by world champion Nick Matthew, the top seed, who faces young Egyptian Ali Anwar Reda in the first round.
James Willstrop, who regained the world number one position from Yorkshire rival Matthew in the March rankings, meets his Pontefract training partner Saurav Ghosal in the first round.
Temple, the 25-year-old left-hander based in Ealing, won the longest match of the day, recovering from two games down to beat Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz in 92 minutes.Waller took a modest 51 minutes to overcome English rival Olivier Pett, fighting back from game ball down to win both the second and third games 12-10.
Simpson laboured for 79 minutes before halting the challenge of Frenchman Yann Perrin, while Krajcsak was kept on court for 80 minutes by Bianchetti, staging a dramatic recovery to win the fourth game after trailing 7-2.
“Managed to get a win in today, pretty ugly game, wasn’t feeling great, but very glad to get through canary wharf qualies for the first time,” tweeted Simpson.
Adrian Waller (Eng) bt Olivier Pett (Eng) 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (51m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) bt Yann Perrin (Fra) 6-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (79m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun) bt Davide Bianchetti (Ita) 4-11,15-13, 11-6, 12-10 (80m)
Updated first round draw:
First Round (top half Monday)
(1) Nick Matthew (Eng) v Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Daryl Selby (Eng) v Q Robbie Temple (Eng)
Simon Rosner (Ger) v Q Adrian Waller (Eng)
(3) Peter Barker (Eng) v Q Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Bottom Half, Tuesday
(4) Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) v Joe Lee (Eng)
Adrian Grant (Eng) v Q Chris Simpson (Eng)
Tarek Momen (Egy) v Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
(2) James Willstrop (Eng) v Saurav Ghosal (Ind)