Nine-time U.S. Champion Julian Illingworth and former Dartmouth No. 1 and current world No. 159 Chris Hanson have made it to the qualifying finals of the U.S. Pro Series Oregon Open, a $15,000 prize-purse event, hosted by the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.
Illingworth, a Portland-native, is the top seed and hometown favorite in the qualifying draw of the Open. He bested Norwegian world No. 238 Adrian Ostbye in three rapid games 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in thirty minutes Monday. Illingworth faces seventh-seeded Englishman Nathan Lake, world No. 134, in the final round of qualifying. The two have played once before—in the Sekisui Open in May 2013—where Illingworth defeated the Englishman in three games.
Anders Giltvedt, tournament director for the Oregon Open, reported that Illingworth “didn’t show any sleep deprivation on court [as a consequence of his recent move back to Portland from New York], but gracefully drop-shotted his way to victory, and was helped by a few lucky nicks.”
Bedford, New York-native Hanson took just ten minutes longer to defeat his opponent, Canada’s world No. 106 Matthew Serediak, in three games, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6. This marks Hanson’s first PSA victory of the new year.
In the last round of qualification, Hanson will face Seattle-based world No. 108 Shahjahan Khan. The two have played once previously, a back-and-forth five-gamer in the National Squash Academy Open in August 2014. Khan ultimately took the match 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4.
Hanson and Illingworth both play this evening at 5pm and 7pm local time, respectively.
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For more information, visit the official Portland Open tournament page.