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Men’s top seed knocked out of IQUW Bermuda Open

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Big win: Andres Herrera knocked out Spencer Lovejoy (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

Andres Herrera upset men’s No 1 seed Spencer Lovejoy on the third day of the IQUW Bermuda Open on Thursday.

Sixth seed Herrera raced to a 2-0 lead in the quarter-finals after winning the first two games 11-7, 11-7, but the American came back to take the next two games 11-3, 11-6 before Herrera held on to triumph 11-8 in the final game and book his spot in Friday’s semi-finals.

Herrera, who faces his compatriot, No 4 seed Matias Knudsen in the semi-finals, was elated to knock out Lovejoy.

“It was amazing as I played against him in Washington and I lost 3-0,’’ Herrera said.

“To play him again in Bermuda and beat him, it was really special and I’m really happy for that.

“I’m playing Matias Knudsen in the semi-finals and it’s the first time I’m facing him in a PSA tournament. He’s a really good player, so I think it’s going to be a really good match.

“Right now, he has a better ranking than me, but since I beat a guy with a better ranking than me, I think I can beat Matias.”

Margot Prow (Photograph by Mehluli Sibanda)

The 27-year-old Colombian, who is on his first trip to Bermuda has been awed by the island’s beauty.

“It’s my first time in Bermuda and the place is amazing,’’ he said. “The people are amazing, the weather is really nice and I’m really happy to be here, let’s see what happens in Friday’s semi-finals.”

Edgar Ramirez made it through to the semi-finals after he was awarded his match against Egypt’s Seif El-Shenawy. Ramirez could not continue after receiving a cut above his left eye following a collision court, which left him needing stitches.

After a lengthy delay while Ramirez was attended to by medical personnel, tournament referees Spencer Moss (Bermuda) and Dave Howard (Canada), deemed that his injury was caused by an excessive swing from El-Shenawy.

Ramirev will play No 2 seed, Sanjay Jeeva from Malaysia, for a spot in the final.

In the women’s quarter-finals, Margot Prow from Barbados defeated No 8 seed Sarahi Lopez.

It was another big win for the 22-year-old Prow, who came into the tournament unseeded, after she beat top seed Ineta Hopton 3-0 on the first round.

Prow, 22, whose opponent in the penultimate stage of the competition is third seed Catalina Pelaez of Colombia, was delighted to win against another top-ranked opponent.

“I came into the tournament with a low ranking because I’m a student at Drexel University, so I haven’t really had a chance to play too many professional tournaments,’’ she said.

“I’m a senior at the university, so I’m graduating in a couple of months and I’m looking to become a full-time professional squash player.

“When I came to Bermuda, I faced the No 1 seed in the first round, which was a really difficult match, but I managed to beat her.

“It was another tough opponent for me in the quarter-finals as I played a higher-ranked player. I got the win against her, which is great, now I’m in the semi-finals.

“I’m now determined to go all the way and win the title. Another tough match in the semi-finals, but I can see the end and, hopefully, I make it.”

Egypt’s Ingy Hammouda and Laura Tovar, the No 2 seed from Colombia, meet in the other semi-final.

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Published April 26, 2024 at 1:27 pm (Updated April 26, 2024 at 1:27 pm)

Men’s top seed knocked out of IQUW Bermuda Open

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