Brownell Becomes First American Man to Reach PSA Platinum Quarterfinal

Team USA’s Timmy Brownell made history by becoming the first American man to reach the quarterfinals of a PSA Platinum quarterfinal during the British Open, June 5, in Birmingham.

Brownell reached his second Platinum third round of the season with two 3-0 wins over former and current top twenty ranked players. Brownell opened up his tournament by defeating Mexico’s former world No. 17 Cesar Salazar 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in thirty-four minutes. Brownell then avenged his Hong Kong Open loss against France’s world No. 19 Baptiste Masotti 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 in thirty-four minutes.

Brownell’s historic milestone for Team USA came at the expense of England’s world No. 7 Mohamed ElShorbagy, who was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.

The result propelled Brownell into the world’s top thirty players for the first time in his career at world No. 29 this week–marking just the third time an American has breached the top thirty following Julian Illingworth and Shahjahan Khan.

Brownell’s British Open success was matched by world No. 6 Olivia Weaver who reached her second major career quarterfinal in England before bowing out against world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini.


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