Rising squash ace Sandeep Ramachandran qualifies for South Australian Open
Young squash ace Sandeep Ramachandran continues to make rapid strides on the PSA circuit. A few days after putting up an excellent performance at the Tasmanian Open, the 19-year-old has now qualified for the $5,000 South Australian Open in Adelaide on Tuesday.
The Dubai-based rising star played two matches on the same day to grab a main draw berth. In the first round of qualifying, the World No. 273 dispatched local hope and fellow teenager Sam Haydon 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 in just 24 minutes. In the final round, he comfortably beat Egypt’s Mohamed Saeed, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.
The contest lasted 29 minutes.
He will now face the third seed and World No. 211 Thomas Calvert of Australia in the first round of the main draw.
The Bahrain-born Indian talent has been making waves after starting to play regularly on the PSA circuit this year. Since the Tour moved to Australia in July, Ramachandran started showing fantastic improvement.
He reached the quarter-finals of the NSW Open and then followed it up with a big upset of the second seed Rhys Dowling en route to reaching the semi-finals of the Tasmanian Open last week.