Seeds navigate opening matches as debut man Ken impresses
The 2018 British Nationals kicked off today at the National Squash Centre with two rounds of Men’s Qualifying.
This is the third year that the main draw has contained just 16 players, so in order to accommodate the entries four rounds of qualifying are needed, concluding on Wednesday. There’s a good mix of English, Scottish and Welsh players in the qualifying draws (we’ve split them into A/B/C/D sections for ease of viewing).
Favourites to get through are Patrick Rooney, Lyell Fuller, Charlie Lee and Emyr Evans – and they all safely navigated their opening matches to win through to Day Two’s semi-finals.
There were no seeding upsets today, but Nationals first-timer Arron Ken stole the show with two five-game wins, setting up a match against Fuller. The narrowest escape was in the last match of the day as 5/8 seed Robert Dadds recovered from one-two down to beat Ben Smith, and the longest match of the day was local boy Julian Tomlinson‘s 61-minute four-game win over Luke Parker.