First up today at Galway Lawn Tennis Club was Local Spot Michael Craig versus Englishman Robert Downer. After a relatively steady start involving many long rallies Craig made his move to win the first comfortably 11-4. Craig suffered a minor scare with slight niggling injury to his shin in the second game but battled through to win the second, frustrating Downer somewhat.
In the third the heat was raised a few degrees with Downer responding and showing his PSA metal and managed to grab the third game 13-11 after a superb effort having saved three match points in a 22 minute thriller. A slightly tired looking Craig tried to keep up the pressure but appeared to succumb to Downer’s fitness in the court losing 11-8 and there was consensus in the fifth that Downer might run away with it. However Craig got off to a superb start and managed to gain a 9-0 advantage in the fifth. Downer tried to rally round and make a comeback but it wasn’t to be as Craig took the fifth 11-3 in a thoroughly entertaining match.
Micheal now has played two PSA matches and is delighted to maintain his 100% win rate!
Next we were treated to another tough five setter involving the Irishman Sean Conroy and the talented Portuguese Ruis Soares.Soares’ racket skills were there for all to see and he quickly developed a tidy 2-0 lead despite Conroy’s outstanding movement around the court. Conroy redoubled his efforts and it paid huge dividends especially as it appeared as though Soares was beginning to tire. Conroy’s unbelievable engine and retrieving skills earned the right for a fifth game showdown but unfortunately for the Irishman it wasn’t to be as Soares earned his place in the main draw with a fine display of squash winning the fifth 11-4.
If two five setters weren’t enough we had the excitement of another between Brian Byrne from a Ireland and the Englishman Ashley Davies. After a very strong first game by Brian seeing him win it 11-5 Davies regrouped and used his power and accuracy to win the next two 11-3 and 11-7 to head into a strong 2-1 lead. A very tense fourth with some immense rallies was clinched by Byrne to level at 2-2 setting the match up for an epic fifth which went all the way to a tiebreak which Byrne won 12-10 to take his place in the main draw.
The final match was a less complicated affair with Belgian Jan Van Fen Herrewegen winning in impressive style against Micah Franklin from Bermuda. Proving just a little too strong and accurate Van Den Herrewegen closed the match 3-0 in 33 minutes.
Onwards to the main draw tomorrow!
|Player 1||Player 2||Result||Games||Duration|
|Michael Craig||bt||Robert Downer||3-2||11-4 11-6 11-13 8-11 11-3||75 minutes|
|Rui Soares||bt||Sean Conroy||3-2||13-11 11-6 8-11 4-11 11-4||53 minutes|
|Brian Byrne||bt||Ashley Davies||3-2||11-5 3-11 7-11 13-11 12-10||70 minutes|
|Jan Van Den Herrewegen||bt||Micah Franklin||3-0||11-7 11-3 11-3||33 minutes|