Grayson starts well

Players in action the first round of the Tournament of Champions squash event at Grand Central Station, New York yesterday. Photo: Tournament of Champions
Players in action the first round of the Tournament of Champions squash event at Grand Central Station, New York yesterday. Photo: Tournament of Champions
New Zealand’s men’s squash No2 Campbell Grayson has had a good start at the Tournament of Champions, overcoming Spain’s Edmon Lopez to reach the second round of the PSA Platinum event, held at the Grand Central Terminal in New York.

It was the first meeting between the two players on the PSA World Tour, and it was higher-ranked Grayson at No28 who got off to the better start with a convincing 11-2 win in the first game.

Lopez grew into the match in the second to begin to create problems for the Kiwi, but Grayson maintained his focus, saw off the challenge and doubled his lead, before a straightforward third set claimed the win by an 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 scoreline, in 26 minutes.

Grayson now faces world No6, Simon Rosner of Germany in the second round tomorrow.

Starting his tournament tomorrow is Paul Coll, who recently reached the final of the world championships. The Greymouth player, ranked 5th in the world, faces Qatari Mohamed Al Tamimi in the second round, after a bye in the first.

New Zealand’s top female player, Joelle King, also starts her tournament tomorrow.

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