Houston Open Seeds Through to Semis


Friday evening’s Hampco Houston Open quarterfinals saw the top four seeds victorious at Life Time Athletic CityCentre.

Top-seeded world No. 23 Stephen Coppinger ended home hopes as the South African defeated American world No. 49 Chris Gordon 11-3, 11-7, 11-9. Coppinger will face defending Houston Open champion Campbell Grayson in the semifinals, after the New Zealander dispatched fifth-seeded Mexican Cesar Salazar 11-4, 12-10, 11-2. 

Third-seeded Ryan Cuskelly was the only seed to go into four games as the twenty-six-year-old world No. 36 held off Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9.

Although not reflected by the scoreline, the match of the evening was between twenty-year-old two seed Mazen Hesham (pictured above, middle) and seventeen-year-old Peruvian prodigy Diego Elias. Down 2-0 in games, and 10-5 in the third game, Elias strung together five points to level the score, before Hesham pulled away to win the game and match 12-10.

[1] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [8] Chris Gordon (USA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-9
[4] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-4, 12-10, 11-2
[3] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [6] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9
[2] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [Q] Diego Elias (PER) 11-9, 11-2, 12-10

[1] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [4] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[2] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [3] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)