Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in a file photo. He will meet world No. 5 James Willstrop of England in the first round of the Windy City Open.
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan gave himself a big boost after earning a spot in the main draw of the US$115,000 (RM377,000) Windy City Open in Chicago on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Nafiizwan, who is currently ranked No. 33 in the world, was at his best as he overcame a stiff challenge from talented Egyptian youngster Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry in four sets in the qualifying finals.
The Terengganu-born player, who is competing in his third tournament of the year, had to dig deep after dropping the first game en route to notching the 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 win in 65 minutes.
The solid display from Nafiizwan means he’ll move into the main draw of a Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series event for the second time this year. He also made the main draw of the Tournament of Champions in New York last month.
Nafiizwan however will have his work cut out for him as he has been drawn against fifth seed and world No. 5 James Willstrop of England in the first round.
Joint world No. 1’s Nick Matthew of England and Gregory Gaultier of France are the top two seeds. Matthew will meet Australian qualifier Ryan Cuskelly in the first round while Gaultier will meet Englishman Joe Lee.
In the women’s event, national No. 2 Low Wee Wern will start her campaign against world No. 10 Dipika Pallikal of India in the first round.