But he lost out on a quarter-final place to fourth seed Simone Vagnozzi, 6-0 6-2.
lsquash defeats: Irish squash players suffered first round defeats at both the German and Chartres Open Championships yesterday.
In Gerlingen, 13th seed Liam Kenny lost out to Australian Raj Nanda 11-15 15-10 11-15 15-11 10-15.
Derek Ryan was beaten 15-13 3-15 8-15 6-15 by12th seed Glenn Keenan from Australia.
In Chartres, fourth seed John Rooney was beaten by English qualifier Andrew Whipp 15-3 11-15 15-13 13-15 13-15.