The Main draws of the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open kicked off today at Drexel—which was a good enough reason to call it “Drexel Day,” but it was also a day where all the students at Drexel University not only got free entry to see some of the world’s top players in action, they got free Pizza too!
Play took place on the all-glass showcourt, and ‘downstairs’ on the Kline & Specter Squash Center too, where the qualifying action was played out over the last two nights. That’s sixteen matches today in the top half of the draw, then it’s the same again tomorrow to complete the first round of the historic WSA and PSA World Series events, which are, for the first time ever, offering equal prize money to the world’s top men and women.
The day started with a comfortable enough win for women’s champion Nicol David against qualifier Kylie Lindsay and ended—on the glass court at least—with U.S. Champion Chris Gordon setting men’s top seed Gregory Gaultier a very stiff challenge for two games.
There were no upsets to report, although Wales’ Tesni Evans put in a great effort to take eighth seed Madeline Perry to five games, Ryan Cuskelly extended fourth seed Karim Darwish for 72 minutes, and Omar Abdel Aziz came very close to fifth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the only all-Egyptian match of the day.
Gordon wasn’t the only home player to fall—Latasha Khan and Olivia Blatchford met their matches in Sarah Kippax and Donna Urquhart, but the hosts have three more players in the mix tomorrow.
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