US Champion Gordon Mighty In Manitoba

Just days after becoming the US National squash champion for the first time, Christopher Gordon maintained his winning run on the PSA World Tour in Canada in the first round of the Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open, the PSA Challenger 10 event in its tenth successive year at Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club in Winnipeg.

The New York-born 26-year-old brushed aside England's Adam Murrills 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.

Third seed Gordon will now face local hope Andrew Schnell, a 21-year-old from Calgary who beat Spanish qualifier Carlos Cornes Ribadas 11-8, 12-10, 11-9.

Dane Sharp will provide further Canadian interest in the last eight after despatching English qualifier Richard Birks 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.

Sharp, 26, from Toronto, now takes on top seed Cesar Salazar, the 12-14, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 winner of an all-Mexican clash with Eric Galvez.

Cesar will be joined by his twin brother in the quarter-finals after fourth seed Arturo Salazar beat Jamaican qualifier Christopher Binnie 11-4, 11-8, 11-6.

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Qualico Developments Canada Ltd Manitoba Open, Winnipeg, Canada
1st round:
[2] Jan Koukal (CZE) bt [Q] Michael McCue (CAN) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (42m)
Scott Arnold (AUS) bt Matthew Serediak (CAN) 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 (38m)
Yann Perrin (FRA) bt Thomas Brinkman (CAN) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (35m)
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Adam Murrills (ENG) 11-2, 11-5, 11-7
Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt [Q] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 11-8, 12-10, 11-9
Dane Sharp (CAN) bt [Q] Richard Birks (ENG) 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (47m)
[1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Eric Galvez (MEX) 12-14, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6

Quarter-final line-up:
[2] Jan Koukal (CZE) v Scott Arnold (AUS)
[4] Arturo Salazar (MEX) v Yann Perrin (FRA)
[3] Christopher Gordon (USA) v Andrew Schnell (CAN)
[1] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Dane Sharp (CAN)

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