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28-Oct, Day TWO:
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.

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

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27-Oct, Day ONE:
Locals bow out on Day One in Doha


Qualifying for the Qatar Classic 2017, the second PSA World Series event of the season, got under way at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha with sixteen first round qualifying matches.

Eight of the matches featured Qatari players, but none were able to to capture the win required to have a chance of joining wildcard Abdulla Al Tamimi in the $165k main draw.

The day started with two "local derbies" as Malaysia's Eain Yow Ng and Ivan Yuen locked horns for the second time in a week, youngster Ng coming away with another upset win as he won 11/9 in the fifth in 79 minutes, the longest match of the day by some margin.

Charles Sharpes also upset the seedings as he beat compatriot Tom Richards in three close games, one of five Englishmen to advance to tomorrow's qualifying finals, Richie Fallows joining Sharpes in upsetting the seedings with a four game win over Mohamed Reda.

A fourth upset result came in the final match of the day in which Kuwait's Ammar Altamimi won three close games against Pakistan's Farhan Mehboob.

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