TODAY at the Qatar
Tue 18th, Day Five
Fram & Steve in
Round Two, the Last Sixteens
It was a day of upsets in Doha with the men's #1
and women's #2 seeds only the headline casualties ...
Men's Round Two:
Tarek Momen (Egy) bt  Nick
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (44m)
Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt 
David Palmer (Aus)
11/8, 4/11, 11/6, 5/11, 11/5 (80m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus) bt Tom
11/7, 11/2, 13/11 (54m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (44m)
 Peter Barker
(Eng) bt Thierry Lincou (Fra)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) bt Azlan
8/11, 11/7, 11/6 (59m)
 Karim Darwish (Egy) bt [Q]
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
 James Willstrop
(Eng) bt Simon Rosner (Ger)
Women's Round Two
 Nicol David (Mas) bt Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy) bt  Camille Serme (Fra)
11/7, 11/5, 11/5
 Rachael Grinham (Aus) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/7, 11/5 (49m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt  Joey Chan (Hkg)
11/7, 6/11, 13/11 (54m)
 Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt  Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/6, 3/11, 12/10,
 Madeline Perry (Irl) bt [Q] Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/5, 11/5, 11/3
Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt  Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5
 Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt  Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/8, 5/11, 11/9,
En Bref #2
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first match of the day saw a first win over Thierry Lincou
in five attempts for Peter Barker. The Englishman
looked to be heading for a comfortable win as he pulled
clear from 6-all in the first and took the second 11/3, but
Lincou dug in, as he does, and made the third really tough.
At 9-all Lincou was annoyed to lose the point as Barker hit
the ball from the back into the Frenchman's leg, and having
used his video appeal fruitlessly on that one, had none left
when Barker put in a tight forehand volley to win the match.
"Too many errors, unforgiveable," was Lincou's
verdict, while Barker it was a case of "I did play well
the important points but still, I feel that I was a bit
fortunate, but I'll take it."
was a second scalp in a row for Nicolas Mueller as
the Swiss followed up his round one defeat of Amr Shabana
with a five-game win over Azlan Iskandar. They took it in
turns to dominate the first four games, but from midway
through the decider it was Mueller who took control,
finishing with a dropshot that left the Malaysian on his
"In the US Open a few days ago, he beat me easily 3/0, so
when I took the first game, it boosted my confidence,"
Karim Darwish beat Finland's Henrik Mustonen in
double quick time in last year's first round on the way to
taking the title, and although the young Finn lasted longer
this time around, particularly in the third game which he
contested strongly up to 5-all, the Egyptian third seed
still won 11/4, 11/5, 11/5 in just under half an hour.
Willstrop looked to be heading for a similarly quick win
as he opened up a two-game lead over Simon Rosner, but the
German fought back well in the third, took it to extra
points but eventually fell 11/5, 11/2, 14/12.
Willstrop moves on to another all-English meeting with
Barker while Darwish meets Mueller.
evening session started with a mammoth upset as Egypt's
Tarek Momen recorded the best win of his budding career
to beat top seed Nick Matthew in straight games - and in the
process ending a run of ten consecutive PSA finals for the
English world champion.
Momen's movement, short game and retrieving were getting the
better of the world champion in each game, and although
Matthew led the first 9/6 it was Momen who was doing the
frontrunning after that, finally clinching the win on his
third match ball 11/9, 12/10, 11/8.
After admitting he was "speechless", Momen said "Today,
everything was going my way, and I thought “you’ve got to
take the opportunity, it may never happen again.”
quite as dramatic, but the next match saw another seeding
upset as Stewart Boswell came out on top - for only
the second time in 15 meetings - in a seesaw encounter with
fellow Aussie David Palmer, Boswell taking the first, third
and fifth game to put the 8th seed, playing in his last
Qatar Classic, out in 80 minutes of intense play.
"Well, I was not too happy about the stats, 13/1 David
was over me for over a decade, so I’m happy to squeeze this
one tonight," admitted Boswell.
Another Aussie made it through to the quarter-finals as
Cameron Pilley beat England's Tom Richards in straight
games. Pilley was always in the first two, but a strong
fightback from Richards saw Pilley needing to save two game
balls before clinching a meeting with Boswell which
guarantees an Australian semi-finalist.
Last man into the semis was Frenchman Gregory Gaultier
who beat Indian qualifier Siddarth Suchde in straight games
to set up a meeting with Momen at noon tomorrow.
Round Two Roundup
Another early start for defending champion and top seed
Nicol David, who wasted little time in seeing off Kanzy
El Dafrawy in three games.
17-year-old Egyptian competed well enough in the first two
games, but was always behind on the scoreboard.
There was no diving today, but at 10-0 down in the third she
let out a loud "YES" as a mishit boast saved her from a
"I really enjoyed it," said Kanzy, "I've been
wanting to play Nicol since the day I was born! She gave me
no chance, but I'm happy with my tournament."
Raneem El Weleily will be the next young Egyptian to
test Nicol, and judging by the form she showed in this
re-run of her world junior final against Camille Serme, the
Malaysian will be well tested.
El Weleily always looked in control, Serme unable to make
much headway on the scoreboard as the Egyptian put her under
constant pressure to reach the ball which contributed to
more errors than is normal for the Frenchwoman.
is the third time I played Camille this year and we were
one-all," said Weleily, "so I knew it wasn't going to
be easy. Yesterday I played well for two games then it
didn't go the way I wanted, so even at 2-0 up I told myself
it wasn't over, to stay on court, stay on court.
"I have a problem mentally to keep on doing what I'm
doing when I'm winning, once I start thinking I think too
much and that's not what I want to do! But I'm enjoying
playing the mature game, being more patient and not going
for the winners and the shots so soon.
"I lost 3/0 to Nicol in Singapore, and I'm not sure I've
ever taken a game off her. I'm happy to win today, I know
I'll have to play well tomorrow.
A disappointed Serme explained: "I wanted to do well in
this tournament and I went in with a game plan, but from the
start I just couldn't breathe properly and my body just
wouldn't let me do what I knew I needed to do. It's
disappointing, but I'll just have to put this tournament
behind me and hop to do better in the worlds."
seeded Australian Rachael Grinham didn't make a good
start against Aisling Blake. The Irishwoman who ousted Sarah
Kippax yesterday raced into a 5/0 lead in the first, and
although Grinham pulled back it was too late to salvage the
She didn't make the same mistake in the next three though,
pulling clear from the midpoint of each to advance to the
quarter-finals 7/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/5.
"Aisling is tough to play, she's improved a lost and I
saw he play really well yesterday," said Grinham.
"After that start I resigned myself to losing the first,
but needed to get into the match as soon as I could rather
than waiting for the second.
"I told myself that if you took away the start I could have
won the first. The other games were hard, but once I'd
toughed it out in the beginning my short game was working
well at the end of them."
The first session ended with a really enjoyable match, and
an upset to boot, between Emma Beddoes and Joey Chan.
They went at it hammer and tong for 50-odd minutes, sharing
the first four games with hardly an intervention from the
referees. The fifth was point for point, and although Chan
got to match ball first it was only fair that it went to
extra points, the match and both players deserved that.
The Hong Kong left-hander got one more chance at 11/10 but
Beddoes hit a winning return of serve and then after some
frantic retrieveng by Joey Emma finally put a crosscourt too
wide for 13/11 and let out a big "YES".
"I'm so delighted," said a jubilant winner. "Matches like
that go either way and today it was me so I'm happy to take
it this time, it doesn't happen too often!
were ranked about the same so we knew it would be close, but
it was a really good, fair game - she called her own ball
out at 8-all in the first and there were maybe two decisions
in the whole match.
"I'm ecstatic, it's the furthest I've got in a big
tournament, especially to win after saving two match balls
like I did yesterday, and taking on Rachael on the glass
court tomorrow should be an experience.
"Thanks to Eddie [Charlton] for all his help, I hope he'll
be watching tomorrow."
Upsets abound in evening session
"That's definitely my best win," said a delighted
Low Wee Wern after she had beaten England's in-form
Laura Massaro in four tough games to start the evening
"Especially since she just won the US Open and I didn't
even make te main draw," added the diminutive Malaysian.
losing the first from 6/2 up, Massaro looked to have
steadied the ship as she took the second comfortably, but
Low won the big points at the end of two tough, long games,
saving a game ball in the third and coming from 9/7 down in
the fourth to win 11/6, 3/11, 12/10, 11/9.
"I had a bit of a shoulder injury in the US, so I went
back home for two days before going to China, where I played
well to win the tournament, so I felt good coming into this
tournament and there was no pressure on me playing Laura,
although I lost in five last time we played so I knew I had
"I knew I had to be patient and keep it steady as she gives
nothing away, and thankfully it worked today."
Third seed Madeline Perry stemmed the flow of upsets
- temporarily - with a comfortable 11/5, 11/5, 11/3 victory
over qualifier Farah Abdel Meguid in 22 minutes.
was pleased with that," said the Irishwoman, "I'd
only seen her play a handful of points before, but I knew
that if she beat Jaclyn [Hawkes] she must be a good player,
so I had to be on my toes from the start."
The Egyptian charge was soon back on course though, as
Nour El Sherbini put another seed out to pasture,
beating Donna Urquhart 11/8, 11/7, 11/5 in just under half
"That's frustrating," said Urquhart. "I just never
managed to get into it and I'm not at all tired. I'd never
seen her play before, but she's fast and strong and puts the
ball away from anywhere - and she just played better than me
was naturally pleased with her win. "I think I played
well today," said the 16-year-old former world junior
number two. "I knew I had to concentrate from the start,
and I wasn't thinking about the size of the tournament or
her being left-handed, I just tied to play my game the best
I could and I think I did that.
"I hope I play as well on the glass court tomorrow, either
against Jenny or my roommate Nour El Tayeb!"
It will be her roommate who Sherbini meets in the
quarter-finals after a night of upsets was completed with
the world junior champion beating the world number two - and
to put it into context, that wasn't even the biggest upset
of the day!
El Tayeb played well in the first game to win it 11/8,
Jenny Duncalf bounced back to level with 11/5, and then in a
similar vein to previous matches it was the underdog who
prevailed at the end of tough and tense games.
"I knew I had to win the third and the fourth," said
El Tayeb, "if I'd lost either of those my fitness
wouldn't have carried me through the fifth."
She did win them both, just, taking two tense rallies at the
end of the third for 11/9 and almost letting a 7/2 in the
fourth slip, diving in vain on her first two match balls as
Duncalf levelled it 10-all.
third match ball was enough though, and after 59 minutes
another top seed was out.
"That's the longest four games I've ever played," she
added. "I knew I was playing the world number two so
there was no pressure on me, I just wanted to play well and
prove to myself I was up there.
"I need to be mentally stronger, I let a couple of leads
slip and I just lost it completely in the second, but it was
tough all the way, she doesn't give anything away, she's the
world number two after all!
"It's good to be back in the quarters after my good results
here last year, I'm happy I played well and hope I can carry
on like this. It should be a good match with Nour [El
Sherbini], we always seem to end up playing each other these
WISPA action moves to the glass court tomorrow, David v
El Weleily and Grinham v Beddoes from 12.00, Perry v
Low and Tayeb v Sherbini from 17.30 ... don't miss it!
Not quite THAT cold Kanzy, but it's chilly in the Squash
Centre ... not that the Nours feel it !
Too many errors, unforgivable.
Globally, I was feeling good, I was moving well, I was more
relaxed than yesterday, mentally more confident too. But I
just wouldn’t finish a point.
Instead of wining the point, or even putting him under
pressure, I was giving the point away, hence running
constantly after the score, and putting myself under
tremendous pressure. In short, I made him move well, but no
finish skills today…
What’s more worrying for me, is that I only woke up in the
3rd, like in the BGP, I play Mosaad at 12, and the first
game – already, I’m not fast off the blocks – but didn’t see
a thing the whole game. Today about the same story, I just
couldn’t push myself mentally. Maybe it’s getting harder for
me to string the matches mentally, to bounce from one to the
Plus, the man is freaking as strong as a wall isn’t he! He’s
got such a solid game…..
Barker (Eng) bt Thierry Lincou (Fra)
PETER, AT LAST
You could see that Peter Barker – who got beaten more than
he would have like by Thierry – was o so wary of the Old Man
when they started! He was not going for shots, not pushing
too hard, holding his arm a bit. I could see in the eyes,
the movement of the Englishman that he was not letting go…
5/2 for the Frenchman.
slowly, Peter starting developing his game, and imposing it
to Thierry who started making far too many errors (around 4
per game), not only costing him points, but confidence too,
and forcing him to change his tactic slightly. From 6/6,
Peter scored 5 points to take that opening game.
Thierry was not mentally in the second game, and Peter, with
his strong game at the back doubled with great counter
attacking just killed the Frenchman, 11/3.
But in the third bless him, the Frenchman found again a bit
of ommfff, although he still made so many errors that
frustrated him enormously. But now, Thierry was stitching
his opponent on his backhand, time and time again, and
finishing the point with a backhand volley drop shot – well,
when he was not tinning it, that is!
game became tighter and tighter, the spirits got hotter and
hotter, between the Old Man who knew he could still come
back, having done it so many times, and the Young Wolf who
was PERFECTLY aware that the Old Man could still do it!
3/3. 4/4. 5/5. 6/6. A few testosterone moments, with both
players getting in the other’s way, a bit of chatting and
explaining, clock being put back on the right time, as we
say in French, and the game went on. 7/7. 9/9.
Peter then drills the leg of the Frenchman, who didn’t
appreciate the joke at all, asked for a video review, still
a stroke. “Come on Thierry, I’m sorry, but you’ve done that
shot so many times before…” 10/9. Match ball. A volley drop
shot, that gets a no let, 11/9. Thierry really not happy
with Peter's movement on that last shot, and making his view
quite clear before exiting “Those two last shots, I’m not
Nothing bad, really, between the two. Just adrenalin pumping
at 500%, and the disappointment of a Champion that still
hates losing as humanly possible. And thank GOD for that.
course I did win once against Thierry, it was in the
Europeans, but just before going on the court, I saw the
record on the screen, and thought, well, that’s no good, is
I didn’t play badly yesterday, but I knew I had to step up
today, and I’m very happy with my two games, I think I
contained him quite well, prevented him to get in front of
In the 3rd, it was a different story, he used his experience
and physicality to step in front, and to be honest, I feel
that I was lucky to win the third.
I did play well the important points but still, I feel that
I was a bit fortunate, but I take it.
You know, Thierry is a absolute Living Legend, and beating
him while he is in the top 100 is such an honour, and
especially 3/0. I’m very happy.
Mueller (Sui) bt Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
8/11, 11/7, 11/6 (59m)
A splendid performance yet again from the Swiss, who seems
to do something to the players he gets on court, as in, they
just seem to switch off! Must be something in the water….
More seriously, it looked very good for Azlan after he got
back in the match, really comfortable with his movement and
tactic in the second and third games, but then, Nicki seemed
to give it a big push, forced a decider, and, playing at a
“Ramy pace”, as in, bleeping hard, forced many errors out of
the Malaysian’s racquet in that game…
the US Open a few days ago, he beat me easily 3/0, so when I
took the first game, it boosted my confidence..
In the first game, he made 7 tins, that helped me immensely.
Then in the 2nd, he dictated the rallies the whole game, and
he stepped up the pace as well. And it was more or less the
same story in the 3rd.
But in the 4th, I looked at him, and saw that he looked a
bit tired, and I had my second wind by then, I felt as fresh
as in the first game. And I think that my first round game
helped me a lot confidence wise, as you can train as much as
you want, it’s a question of bringing your game up on the
the first time in my life, I’m been working on the mental
side of the game with a mental coach, Michael Mueller (no
relation, though), and now, I fully enjoy my squash, which
was not sometimes the case before.
Also, when I used to be ahead score wise, I would sometimes
look the other side, and by the time I woke up, it was 11/7!
Now, my coach gave me some mental tips to keep focused, like
keeping in mind the job to do, concentrating on my game
My hat to him,
he played very well today, I was 1/0 down, I came back, then
let go mentally a little bit, and all credit to him, he came
back, strung a few quick winners together…
There are days where you can focus 100%, and days where it’s
more difficult, today, I was struggling. But he had a good
week, good luck to him for the rest of the tournament.
Darwish (Egy) bt [Q] Henrik
HENRIK, BETTER THAN LAST YEAR
on that same court, Henrik came also from the
qualifications, and drew Karim on his first round.
The poor boy didn’t see much on there, Karim basically wiped
the floor with him, and he barely stayed 20m on there.
Today, ok, 50% more time on court, a much more positive
game, attacking, counter dropping, running a lot. Not enough
to worry Karim in any way, shape or form, but enough to make
him run and stay alert on every point.
The Finn will be happy with his progression I’m sure.
yes, a better performance this year, it’s actually easier to
play better when you can actually spot the ball!!!!
There were a few situations where I should have been either
more patient, or played a better shot.
"I feel that I had a few opportunities, but that my shots
were not good enough, whereas he took advantage of my bad
Willstrop (Eng) bt Simon
JAMES, BACK TO 2005
must say I was lucky enough to be in Doha when James won the
tournament, after beating David in a match where all his
shots went in like a knife in warm butter.
Well, that was the James Simon had to face today, and I’m
not sure that Simon did much wrong there.
The first two, well, James was imperial, and I’m not sure
many players could have done much better than Simon did.
Height of his defence lobs was perfect, his counter drops
were in the nicks, his drives were perfect length each time,
not to mention glued to the wall, and every time an
opportunity presented itself, James would strike a nick with
the second, Simon’s pride kicked him, and he gave it a big
push, at last able to have James under pressure, pushing him
to run much more, at last, we had a match.
A few too many errors from the German allowed the Englishman
to take a lead though, 8/5, then 9/7. Match ball on a tin,
10/8. A beautiful backhand volley drop shot saves it.
James then chooses this particular moment, 10/9 and 11/10 to
take the first errors of the game. Good timing. Then finds
himself on his back, as he slipped going for a ball of the
back wall. Simon at last gets his first game ball, saved by
a feathery volley drop shot.
Then 13/12, 4th match ball for James, with a bit of drama. A
No Let that would have given the match to James overturned
by the Video Ref to a let, and next rally, again, a No Let
to a let but this time, in favour of James! I tell you, this
video thing is great! Keeps the drama going…
And to finish a drop shot from James. Pfew…
the third, I didn’t do much wrong, but he stepped up his
He found himself 2/0 after 20m, and a player of that
calibre, well, you know he is going to back, and all credit
to it, he did. But I was ready and expecting it.
The first two games, everything was going my way, it felt
good on there, I had some good spells, played very fluently.
When you get it right on there, it’s nice, but it’s not that
easy, such a specific court… The third was a bit more
scrappy, but if I can reproduce the feeling I had in the
first two, it’s kind of encouraging for the rest of the
From the end of the first, and during the whole of the
second, I just couldn’t find a length, couldn’t step in
front of him, and he kept on killing me. So in the end, I
let go of the second to try and concentrate on the third.
The third got a bit better, but he was attacking everything,
he was so accurate, he was just the better player today…
He made me feel very slow today, he was so quick, and if
anything, the score flatters me. Today, was not my day, but
he was too good today.
Players have no respect for reputation, you’ve got to go on
there and play the ball, and that’s exactly what Tarek did
today, and maybe the English young players should take
example on him, as they sometimes give too much respect to
Well, the loss is less disappointing than if I had lost
12/10 in the 5th, it was just one of those days!
If nothing else, I was playing too well in the first, the
few points he was getting were from bad rallies from me, and
I became a bit complaisant. Then he clipped my nose with his
racquet, and my vision was blurry for a few points, I just
couldn’t see that well, and lost my concentration. Still, I
should have never lost that game.
Then, once he was 1 game up, he took confidence, and I tried
to change my game, going longer, shorter, more width, more
height, tried 10 different ways, maybe I didn’t stick to any
of them long enough…
But then again, now I’m getting older, I have to accept the
fact that there will be days where hungry young players get
the better of me, I’ve done it when I was young, with David
Palmer, Peter Nicol, John White, etc. And when the adrenalin
take you to the finishing line… That’s what happened today
But don’t you worry, I’ll be back strong for the Worlds…
Momen (Egy) bt  Nick Matthew
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (44m)
TAREK, THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE…
it felt like it today, I have to say. What that boy ran, the
speed he ran at, the court coverage he produced, the
retrieving he got, but most of all, most of all, the
volleying he imposed on the World number one is just
Nick started so beautifully, leading 6/1 then 8/4, I was
starting to write mentally my article, trying to find nice
ways to describe nicely how Young Tarek got a squash lesson
then, Nick seemed to struggle with his vision or breathing,
not sure which, he kept wiping his face with his shirt. And
from being perfectly in control, both mentally, physically,
he let the Egyptian score 5 points in a row from 9/6, and
lost the game 11/9.
A sort of stupor went through the crowd. It was not what we
thought was going to happen. But it got quickly worst for
the Englishman in the second. Although I could see he was
going back to basics, looking for his length and basic game,
leading 5/1, he let Tarek score 8 points in a row! When was
the last time anything like that happened??
now, I can confirm what I was telling you at the start,
Tarek played the match of his life, and his volley drop
shots, well, I cannot remember somebody playing that well.
It was just amazing. You thought, there will come a time
where he starts tinning them, it’s such a high percentage
game. But no, he didn’t. He kept on turning and twisting
Nick, who just look lost at see on there.
credit to the Englishman, he actually came back in the third
from 1/5 to 6/9, saving two match balls at 6/10 and 7/10.
But Tarek, after an nth long devastating fast ridiculous
squash rally, finally takes the best win against Nick
Matthew, who was so gracious in defeat, praising his
opponent not only to the audience, but taking the time to
speak with us Media.
Thanks for that, Nick.
have to say… that I’m speechless, I’ve been so inconsistent
for the past three years, I had my upsets, but today is by
far my best result.
Today, everything was going my way, and I thought “you’ve
got to take the opportunity, it may never happen again.”
Nick is such an amazing player, you just have days where you
don’t get it right, and I’m sure he’ll be back very strong
in the next tournament.
As for me, I have no expectations, I’m just going to keep
pushing myself, just play my best squash, and hope for the
Boswell (Aus) bt  David Palmer
11/8, 4/11, 11/6, 5/11, 11/5 (80m)
BOZZA GOOD AT THE FRONT
of those days where everything goes in nicely on a cold
court for Stewart, all his drop shots/volley drop shots
being devastating on David’s movement.
The former Number 1 World Champion British Open Champion
just was not at his best, not moving excessively well, not
striking the ball too accurately either. It was still a good
match, with nice rallies, and a lot of rounding around, but
it looked like the boss tonight on court was Stewart and
that David, always on the backfoot, was trying to catch up….
been playing for a long time, since the Juniors, the age of
12. Him and Ricketts, we’ve been supporting each other and
playing together for the World Teams, Commonwealth Games,
doubles… And as we were Australian travelling far away from
home, we helped each other, pushing each other up, and maybe
getting in the top 10 quicker than we deserved!
Tonight I was up and down, his length was better than mine,
and every time I would get short, he would kill me.
seem to have lost my touch recently, it used to be my
strength to come back when I was down, but not tonight. I
did string a few not too bad rallies together, but I just
didn’t have the control over the ball at all, and it was
It’s always tough to call it a day, it’s been on my mind for
the past year, so yes, this is definitely my last time in
Qatar. I can’t really say what title was most important for
me, I guess the Worlds and the British, as there are the
biggest. And when I started my career, I would have settled
for one of them, so I’m happy and proud I got a few of them!
Well, I was not too happy about the stats, 13/1, David was
over me for over a decade, so I’m happy to squeeze this one
This is the last match he was playing in Qatar, I’m sure he
would have rather won it, but he’s had so many trophies
already, he’s got a career we all dream of…
I have to change my flight now…
Pilley (Aus) bt Tom Richards (Eng)
11/7, 11/2, 13/11 (54m)
was fine with the pace, I like playing fast, but I was
struggling on the court and for some reason, I just never
felt comfortable until the end on the 3rd. I had trouble to
see the ball, and just couldn’t find a length. I didn’t have
that much trouble yesterday, although I’m aware that Ramy
didn’t move much….
Cameron is a unique player, but the court didn’t help!
the 3rd, it’s a bit him stepping up, and me well, getting a
bit impatient on a few shots.
For the whole match I was able to stay a couple of points
But at the end there, I was able to squeeze a few errors out
of him at crucial times, plus I got lucky at with a backhand
crosscourt that found a lucky bounce.
Gaultier (Fra) bt [Q] Siddarth
11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (44m)
A BIT TOO FAST FOR SID….
Indian looked a bit lost at sea in the first two games, but
reassessed very well in the third, coping much better with
the angles and speed that Greg was imposing
A few discussions with the Ref from the Frenchman, that
proves he’s well in his tournament, and doesn’t like to lose
even one point although leading 11/3, 11/3, 7/3… But I
guess that what makes Champions, they just hate losing…
Sid had a
excellent tournament, he’s improved quite a lot recently,
and the hard work he is producing is starting to pay off.
Well done to him, and good luck for the rest of the season…
was the first time I played Greg, and people do warn you
that it’s going sooo fast, and so very accurate, but it’s
only at the end of the first game it does hit you like a
tornado how fast it’s going. And it’s not something you can
actually reproduce in training or anything.
After it hits you, you start figuring things out, but
although the score is 8 in the third, I never felt that I
could win this, I was always playing catch up…