The seeds entered the fray on Day Two in Inverness, with 16 round two matches …
Home top seeds through but upsets elsewhere on Day Two
The seeded players entered the action on Day Two of the Springfield Scottish Squash Open in Inverness, with Scottish top seeds Georgia Adderley and Rory Stewart safely reaching the quarter-finals.
Women’s top seed Adderley had a comfortable opening match, her Dutch opponent retiring injured after Adderley took a five-minute opening game. Adderley will meet England’s Torrie Malik for a place in the semis after the former top junior held off a spirited fightback from Germany’s Katerina Tycova.
England’s current top junior Asia Harris took out fourth seed Marta Dominguez in five games – although she was getting nervous as a 9-3 lead in the decider was whittled down to 9-8 – to set up a match with Scottish-based Kiwi Kaitlyn Watts.
Scotland’s Alison Thomson couldn’t repeat yesterday’s heroics as she lost in straight games to Alicia Mead, who now faces third seeded Egyptian Nardine Garas for a place in the last four.
There was almost an all-Egyptian quarter-final at the bottom of the draw – eighth seed Rana Ismail advanced, but Nour Heikal saw a two game lead over second seed Grace Gear disappear, the Englishwoman winning 11-9 in a tense decider.
Men’s top seed Stewart advanced in straight games, although he, like Asia, had to see off a Sean Conroy recovery from 3-9 to 8-9 in the third before clinching the win.
Stewart is the only remaining seed in the top half of the men’s draw, with 2019 champion Edmon Lopez and birthday boy Kareem El Torkey both taking out seeds, as did England’s Miles Jenkins who ended the hopes of Inverness’s Alasdair Prott in four games.
It all went to seeding in the bottom half of the draw, with Daniel Poleshchuk, James Peach, Sam Buckley and Ben Smith all reaching their expected quarter-final places.