Heather Watson made it to the second round of the Pattaya Open in Hungary but started poorly against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova. The eighth seed took Watson to a tie-break in the first set that she won 7-4, before the Brit levelled the score in the second. Watson was unable to keep up her momentum and Sevastova won the final set 6-2.
The first round proper of the Case Swedish Squash Open saw top seed Nick Matthew confidently progress past qualifier Chris Simpson in straight sets, but it was a shock in the match involving Daryl Selby. Going into the game as fourth favourite, Selby was pushed all the way by plucky Egyptian Tarek Momen and he was able to secure the final two sets in a five-set epic after 78 minutes of play. Peter Barker had no such worries, holding off Adrian Waller, whilst Tom Richards shrugged off a nervy third set to beat Jonathan Kemp.
Over in the Windy City, Alan Clyne enjoyed a simple opening set against Hong Kong’s Leo Au before winning the match in straight sets, progressing to a quarter final against Australian qualifier Matthew Karwalski. England’s Charles Sharpes pushed Cesar Salazar of Mexico to 15-13 in the third set but it flattered him and he fell easily afterwards.
England’s women were in action in the Meadowood Open in Winnipeg. Fourth seed Sarah-Jane Perry beat Canada’s Alix Younger 11-3 11-4 11-9, while Emma Beddoes equally confidently dispatched Coline Aumard. Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery fell in straight sets to Aisling Blake, the Irish third seed. Her compatriot, Tesni Evans, surprised the fifth seed, Czech Lucia Fialova to set up a quarter final against Perry.
The first round proper of the Betfair German Masters is bad reading once again for Judd Trump. He barely squeezed through qualifying but has now found himself on the wrong end of a 5-4 beating from Anthony Hamilton, himself a 5-0 winner against Jamie Cope the previous day. Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham are all big names on the receiving end of big losses. Fortunately, the new top seed Mark Selby progressed with a 5-2 win against Joe Perry and Shaun Murphy edged out a tough encounter with Robert Milkins.
After one round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Stephen Gallacher and Tommy Fleetwood lie one shot off the lead of South African Richard Sterne. Chris Doak is just two shots off them alongside Scott Jamieson. Lee Westwood is five shots off the pace.
Greg Owen got off to a decent start in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, carding 70 to be -1 after the first day. Unfortunately, the likes of Phil Mickelson made it to -11, leaving Owen in tied 73rd. David Lynn and Ross Fisher performer even more poorly with respective scores of 73 and 74, leaving them propping up the pile.
Two goals from Greg Leeb forced Coventry Blaze into overtime in their Elite Ice Hockey League clash with Cardiff Devils, but Stuart MacRae rescued the visitors in the middle of the extra period. Cardiff have now opened up a five-point lead over Coventry to consolidate their fourth place.
Megan Pascoe’s third and fourth second places in a row propelled the Paralympian into second overall in the 2.4M class of the Miami Sailing World Cup after eight races. Britain’s windsurfers a less productive day; Bryony Shaw’s second place in race 8 continued her good form, but she suffered an eighth place in the latest race, pushing her six points off the pace. An eighth, followed by a fourth saw Nick Dempsey’s chances blow away, although he is only two points off the podium places. Alex Mills Barton falls to tenth in the Laser class after his worst finish of the World Cup so far.
The latest leg of the Moguls World Cup at Deer Valley saw Ellie Koyander finish 30th out of 39 participants. Koyander’s score of 14.85 was over ten points off the lead of American Hannah Kearney.
In Park City, qualification for the men’s World Cup Halfpipe event began. Ben Kilner finished tenth overall, somewhat better than Dominic Harington’s 23rd place. The full World Cup event takes place today.
TJ Baldwin came out top of the Brits in the European Cup Super Combined event at Sarntal, Italy. His combined time of 2:16.15 was only good enough for 44th place, but it was over a second faster than Douglas Crawford, who came in in 56th place. Crawford overturned the standings in the Downhill “Speed Event”, coming in just under half a second quicker than Baldwin.
Jack Gower was the only British skiier in the Nor-Am Cup giant slalom race in Vail. Gower was able to qualify for the second run and finished in 26th place, two seconds off the pace.