Qatar Classic 2017 – Qualifying Finals

28-Oct: Seeds progress to main draw in Doha

It was generally a good day for the top seeds as qualifying for the Qatar Classic 2017, the second PSA World Series event of the year, concluded at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, with six of the eight favourites clinching their spots in the $165k main draw.

Top seeded Scot Alan Clyne was first through, fending off a late challenge from former 2016 world junior champion Eain Yow Ng, and eighth seed Chris Simpson was the last, winning a close all-English encounter with Declan James to finish day two.

There were two seeding upsets in between, with Germany’s Raphael Kandra winning a tight five game contest to record his first ever win over training partner Nicolas Mueller, and Adrian Waller adding to the English contingent as he edged past third seed Omar Abdel Meguid in four games.

Elsewhere there were wins for Hong Kong pair Leo Au and Tsz Fung Yip, a solitary Egyptian in Karim Ali Fathi, and India’s in-form second seed Saurav Ghosal.

Match reports, quotes and photos on the Qatar Classic Blog  and lots of updates on the Qatar Classic Twitter Feed,

Qualifying Finals

[1] Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0 Eain Yow Ng (Mas)                                         11/4, 11/2, 13/11 (31m)
[5] Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg) 3-2 Charles Sharpes (Eng)           11/5, 8/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/8 (77m)

[6] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) 3-1 [10] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)        11/7, 6/11, 11/9, 11/5 (55m
[11] Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-1 [3] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)    11/2, 7/11, 12/10, 11/9 (47m)

[15] Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-2 [4] Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 13/11, 7/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/7 (61m)
[7] Leo Au (Hkg) 3-1 Richie Fallows (Eng)                                          9/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/1 (51m)

[8] Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-0 [9] Declan James (Eng)                         13/11, 11/9, 11/6 (57m)
[2] Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)                          11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (29m)


Gala Dinner

After the qualifying finals, a Gala Dinner was held at the Khalifa complex to get the tournament well and truly started.

Gala Dinner quick report and photos