ALAN Clyne faces a tough start in his bid for Hong Kong Open success tomorrow.
The Munlochy squash player takes on the world number seven Tarek Momen, who is from Egypt, at 3pm local time in his first-round encounter.
Should he emerge victorious from that, he will take on the winner of the game between Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and a qualifier on Thursday.
Potential quarter-final opponents on Friday for Clyne include Australian Cameron Piley, Cesar Salazar from Mexico and Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad.
It has been a good year for the former Fortrose Academy pupil, who reached a career-high 24 in the world rankings when the new listings were released this month.
He was a runner-up in the World Doubles Championship in August, alongside fellow Highlander Greg Lobban, and the pair will anchor Scotland’s bid for Commonwealth Games success in Australia in April 2018.
Greg Lobban has also been in action in Hong Kong.
He featuring in the qualifying round of the same tournament against Wong Chi Him, of Hong Kong, and triumphed in three straight sets.
He won convincingly 11-7, 11-5 and 11-4 in just over half an hour on Sunday to meet another Hong Kong player – and second seed – Yip Tsz Fung, in the second round. Fung clinched his second qualifying round slot with an emphatic victory over fellow Hong Kong opponent Henry Leung in 27 minutes.
He racked up scores of 11-8, 11-7 and 11-6 to ease into the clash with Lobban on Monday afternoon.
However, Lobban was in top form to defeat Fung in a tough encounter which stretched to almost an hour.
He won by three sets to one in 58 minutes with scores of 11-9, 11-9, 9-11 and 11-6.
This put Lobban into the main draw where he will today face Zahed Mohammed from Egypt.
*** See Friday’s Inverness Courier for the latest on both players’ progress.