03-Dec, WORLD OPEN
 Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt
 Lee Beachill (Eng)
5/11, 11/2, 2/11, 11/10 (2-0), 11/8 (84m)
LINCOU WORLD CHAMPION
has its first world squash champion, after Thierry Lincou
wiped away the bitter memory of losing last year's final, beating
world number one Lee Beachill in a dramatic final in Doha.
early games were uneven, with Beachill quickly taking the lead, but
the next two changed hands for the loss of just two points each,
leaving Beachill 2-1 ahead. From then on the pair were never
separated by more than a few points.
Beachill led 6-4 and 8-6 in the fourth, but Lincou levelled at 9-all
before the Englishman earned his first, and only, match ball at
10-9. Lincou saved it and took the next two points to level the
Again in the fifth it was close. 5-all, 6-all, but Lincou got a
crucial lead, 9-6, and although beachill closed, the Frenchman
earned match balls of his own at 10-7. Beachill saved one,
but on the next point the World Title was heading for France.
is magic for me
to win the world championship for myself and for France
for the first time. I am very happy!”
like this hinge on small margins. I played well, Thierry played
well and perhaps he just played the crucial points better than
me. I am disappointed not to have won, but not with my
Thierry talks to Framboise
from Doha Airport
Tell me everything !
Well, it’s just wonderful. I’m walking on clouds, it’s been mad since
the end of the match. I haven’t stopped… And I’m actually at the
airport, with my trophy in the bag.
Let’s talk about the match…
In the 4th and 5th, the game was very balanced between us two, we were
both playing some good squash, it was disputed, both physically and
mentally. The first three were more of one or the other of us imposing
When I felt he was dropping slightly, I increased the pressure. I have
improved immensely on the mental side of the game in a few months, and
I don’t mind a tough confrontation, physically and mentally. When it
comes to it, to be strong, to be patient, I’ve come to realise that
very often, I could actually overcome the other players. We are
talking about effort management and mental strength, as at such
crucial times, your concentration must be flawless.
How did you handle the last two games ?
In the 4th and 5th, I found some beautiful lengths, I seized the
openings that Lee was giving me, I attacked just when I needed to. I
saved match ball going for it, I attacked, and I was lucky, it
You can say that again…
Yes! But you know, I would never have won the title without my
coaches, and especially without my strength, the person who has
supported me through the bad times, my wife, and of course my
daughter, and my family from La Réunion. I have an extraordinary
family. This title means the world (literally) to me, I think that
it’s a milestone in an athlete's career. And even if I rarely talked
about it out loud, I dreamed about it, I dreamed about it a lot…
HE HAS DONE IT !
Sciberras, one of Thierry Lincou's coaches, talks about his
feelings after his player's victory...
I must say I was happily surprised by Thierry’s physical condition, as
he had a pretty hard tournament. Not to mention that the final was a
great battle, physically and mentally, as both players were quite
close. He had to stay in control, concentrated… But believe me, this
title, and his recent results (5 tournaments won in 7 played) are the
end product of years and years of careful preparation and planning…
Thierry is now World Champion, I’m very happy for him, as he is very
deserving, he is a good ambassador for French Squash, for World
Squash, always well behaved, always smiling, always willing… Thierry
has won his place among the best players in the world.
Frog won the world title.
Life will never be the same !!!
PS: Very nice guy. Only problem he has is that he is a
Frog !!!! Born in the wrong country !!!!
December, Doha, Qatar, $120k
Top Sun 28, Bot
11/4, 11/5, 11/10 (5-3) (51m)
Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/10 (4/2), 11/6, 11/4 (46m)
11/7, 11/4, 11/9 (44m)
11/8, 11/6, 5/11, 11/10(2-0) (70m)
5/11, 11/2, 2/11, 11/10(2-0), 11/8
11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (36m)
[Q] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
8/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (56m)
Simon Parke (Eng)
6/11, 11/6, 11/7,
11/9, 11/4, 11/5 (44m)
[Q] Rodney Durbach (Rsa)
11/9, 11/9, 11/6 (37m)
[Q] Tommy Berden (Ned)
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (44m)
6/11, 7/11, 11/2, 11/8, 11/10 (2-0) (81m)
Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (46m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/4, 8/11, 3/11, 11/7, 11/5 (51m)
Mark Chaloner (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 5/11, 11/6 (45m)
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11/5, 11/4, 11/2 (27m)
[Q] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
4/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/3 (51m)
 Omar El Borolossy (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (47m)
6/11, 11/3, 11/4, 7/11, 11/10 (2-0) (62m)
6/11, 11/8, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6 (71m)
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (55m)
 Jonathon Power (Can)
7/11, 11/8, 11/5,
11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (26m)
 Peter Nicol (Eng)
11/8, 11/5, 11/7 (39m)
 Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
11/5, 2/11, 7/11,
11/4, 11/5 (50m)
12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 8/11, 11/3 (72m)
11/10 (2-0), 11/5, 11/2 (30m)
 John White (Sco)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/8, 2/11, 5/11, 11/6, 11/9 (47m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/8, 6/11, 11/8,
Bradley Ball (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/8 (33m)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra)
Alex Gough bt Joey Barrington
11/10 (10-8), 8/11, 11/6, 11/6 (80m)
Tommy Berden bt Alister Walker
5/11, 11/7, 11/5, 9/11, 11/4 (67m)
Jonathan Kemp bt Mansoor Zaman 11/8, 11/2, 11/4 (24m)
Mohamed Essam A Hafiz bt Peter Barker 11/9, 10/11(3/1),
11/7, 11/10(5/3) (65m)
Rodney Durbach bt Hisham Ashour 11/10(2-0), 11/8,
Azlan Iskandar bt Laurens Jan Anjema 11/4, 11/5, 11/7
Bradley Ball bt Shahid Zaman 11/5, 10/11(1/3), 11/8,
Wael El Hindi bt Stephane Galifi 10/11(0/2),
11/2, 9/11, 11/10(3/1), 11/9 (68m)
First Round (26-Nov):
Alex Gough (Wal) bye
Joey Barrington (Eng) bt Farrukh Zaman (Pak) 11/4, 11/3, 11/7
Tommy Berden (Ned) bt Ben Garner (Eng) 11/5, 11/6, 9/11, 6/11,
Alister Walker (Eng) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 7/11, 10/12,
11/6, 11/8, 11/7 (71m)
Mansoor Zaman (Pak) bt Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra) 11/5, 11/8,
9/11, 11/8 (55m)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng) bt Alex Stait (Eng) 7/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/7
Peter Barker (Eng) bt Philip Barker (Eng) 11/6, 1/11, 11/9, 11/3
Mohamed Essam A Hafiz (Egy) bt Jan Koukal (Cze) 11/5, 11/10,
8/11, 11/9 (52m)
Hisham Ashour (Egy) bt Klemaen Gutman (Slo) 11/5, 11/2, 11/10
Rodney Durbach (Rsa) bt Liam Kenny (Irl) 7/11, 11/5, 11/9,
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt Lee Drew (Eng) 7/11, 11/6, 11/6,
Azlan Iskandar (Mas) bt Gavin Jones (Wal) 11/9, 11/4, 11/7
Bradley Ball (Eng) bt Arshad Iqbal Burkhi (Pak) 11/8, 11/7, 6/11,
7/11, 11/8 (74m)
Shahid Zaman (Pak) bt Shahier Razik (Can) 9/11, 11/9, 11/5,
Stephane Galifi (Fra) bt Borja Golan (Esp) 11/6, 11/6, 11/10 (4-2)
Wael El Hindi (Egy) bt Ryan Thompson (Nam) 11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (20m)
Finalists, head to head
 Lee Beachill (Eng) bt
 David Palmer (Aus) 11/8, 11/6, 5/11, 11/10(2-0)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt Graham Ryding (Can) 6/11, 11/3, 11/4, 7/11, 11/10 (2-0) (62m)
World number one Lee Beachill
will play in his first World Open final after a hard-fought win over
David Palmer, the 2002 champion, avenging his recent defeat by
the Australian in the British Open.
Beachill started strongly, taking the first two games with a typical
display of controlled, clinical squash. But the Australian, seeking
his second appearance in a world open final, fought his way back into
contention in the third, taking control of the front of the court away
The world number one rallied to take the fourth on a tie-break, with
Palmer convinced his opponent's final shot was down, and only
reluctantly left the court, his dream of a second World Open title
started very well here but he took me off the 'T' in the third
game and on this court if you are forced back down the court it
is hard to play the shots that are needed to win.
"I got my length back again in the fourth but his confidence had
risen so he was playing a lot better," said Beachill. "It was
pretty even through that game and I was driving at him hard
enough at the end to earn those two penalty strokes that brought
me back from game ball down to 10-10 and the tiebreak."
Beachill to Colin McQuillan.
was very nervous and off my game with the tension.
“Graham has played here as I have never seen him play before. I simply
could not beat him in the front court, which is where I expect
to score many of my points. In the end I was forced to play into
the back of the court to win the rallies there. It is very hard
to win a match playing just into the back of the court.”
Thierry to Colin McQuillan.
“I just want to take my chances and give my best, and to think
about my game as much as possible and give my maximum. I am a
better player than last year, much more experienced.”
Thierry to the Pakistan Daily Times
|Lincou squeezes into
second World Final
France's Thierry Lincou, the 2003 runner-up,
was pushed all the way by Canada's unseeded Graham Ryding, the
surprise package of the 2004 World Open.
Having beaten Peter Nicol in the quarters, Ryding started out full of
confidence, attacking strongly and taking the first game 11/6. Lincou
came back strongly, taking the next two games comfortably, before
Ryding found his form again to level and set up a dramatic final game.
Lincou maintained a slight lead for most of the fifth, but it was
Ryding who reached the crucial 10 first, but Lincou saved it before
winning his own chance with a stroke against Ryding.
The Frenchman needed only one chance to earn a second successive place
in the World Open Final.
an amazing experience for me. First I became the world No.
1 and now I have reached the World Open final, which I so
desperately wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I am
obviously delighted to be in the final. I can't wait for it to
Lee Beachill to AAP
hope I can recover from the long matches, I hope I win tomorrow.
Last year I became very nervous. This time I am going to enjoy
myself in the final."
Thierry Lincou to AAP
 Lee Beachill (Eng) beat  James Willstrop (Eng) 11/7, 11/4, 11/9 (44m)
 David Palmer (Aus) v  Amr Shabana (Egy) 6/11, 7/11, 11/2, 11/8, 11/10 (2-0) (81m)
Graham Ryding (Can) beat  Peter Nicol (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (47m)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt  Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 8/11, 11/3 (72m)
01-Dec, the QUARTERS:
Shabana's Dream Dies
champion Amr Shabana saw his dream of retaining the world title
evaporate in Doha, as David Palmer, Shabana's prececessor
as world champion, staged a
comeback from two games down to deny the Egyptian a place in the semi-finals.
Shabana started strongly, then let the third game slide 11/2, giving
Palmer all the incentive he needed as he went on to level the match.
An injury time-out for Shabana at 10-9 to Palmer in the fifth couldn't
save him - even though he saved the match ball Palmer took the tie-break
to advance to the semi-final.
Shabana was self-critical of how he eased off. "I shouldn't have done
it," he told AFP. "Now they will say that Shabana is not strong
enough in the head. It bothers me because it is perfectly true. But I
want to prove them wrong. I shall do that by working hard to become
world number one. At least I can relax now with the pressure off me."
In the semi-final Palmer will face Lee Beachill, who was at his best against
Pontefract team-mate James Willstrop, returning everything the
young prodigy could throw at him, with interest. This was "Beachill at
his best", according to Malcolm
Palmer beat Beachill in dramatic fashion in the British Open, and
with both playing well, more of the same looks on the cards in Qatar.
Thierry Lincou, the second seed, also needed five games to
quell the challenge of Anthony Ricketts.
A 2-0 lead became 2-all, but Lincou pulled away quickly in the fifth
to repeat his Nottingham win over the Australian.
Lincou's surprise opponent in the semi-finals is Canadian Graham Ryding, who
continued to upset the seedings, doing what compatriot Jonathon Power
couldn't do yesterday - that is, to beat Peter Nicol.
Ryding's Best Win ... Ever
Ryding took the first two games, and although Nicol pulled one back
the Canadian raced ahead in the fourth, closing it out 11/3 to score
the biggest win of his career.
When he scored match point, the usually laid back Ryding did a couple
of fist pumps while team-mates Jonathan Power and Shahier Razik jumped
for joy, banging their hands on the glass court.
"This is the best I've ever played and it was great to feel those
emotions," Ryding told The Canadian Press. "I made Nicol work
in the first three games and he was a little bit tired."
So how did Ryding, the world no 19 from Toronto, succeed where his
more illustrious compatriot Power failed?
"Jonathon just tried to steamroll him and that didn't work, plus it's
not a style that suits me," Ryding added.
"My game plan against Nicol was to keep him off balance so he wasn't
so rhythmic. When he got in a groove I would just make things stop and
it paid off in the end. I stayed patient."
DRAW & RESULTS
World Open Champions
thought I was going to be on the golf course tomorrow!"
"He played some fantasic squash and if he had gone on like that
he would have won in straight games. I was surprised he
let the third game go so easily. But he had a lot of
pressure on him, defending the title. I know what its like
to have that."
More photos, and
from Malcolm Willstrop
definitely my biggest win especially when you consider it's the
worlds and he's one of the greatest players of all time.”
to The Canadian Press
pace at which he played was tremendous and when he does that he
usually makes some mistakes but today he didn't."
30-Nov, Round TWO:
NICOL PUNISHES POWER
performance of the day in Doha was that of Peter Nicol, the
former world champion and world number one who put a troubled season
into perspective, beating arch-rival Jonathon Power in four games to
reach onother world quarter-final.
In their 40th career meeting (view the
full history), but only the second at less than quarter-final
level, Nicol moved ahead 22-18 with a performance Malcolm Willstrop
described as one of Nicol's best ever in terms of resiliance.
Nicol faces the surprise package of the quarter-finals and another
Canadian, Graham Ryding, who ended the run from qualifying of
'veteran' Welshman Alex Gough.
In a repeat of the British Open final, David Palmer, the 2002
world champion, and reigning champion Amr Shabana will meet in
the quarters. Palmer brushed aside England's Adrian Grant and Shabana,
who has been suffering flu-like symptons in Doha, beat compatriot
Mohammed Abbas easily enough despite dropping the third game.
The winner of that match faces a Yorkshireman in the semi-finals.
Pontefract stablemates Lee Beachill and James Willstrop
will face off once again tomorrow, but this time a world open
semi-final place is at stake. Beachill dominated Joe Kneipp after a
slow start, and Willstrop came out on top in the battle of former
world junior champions against Karim Darwish.
In the bottom quarter Thierry Lincou won his all-French match
against Gregory Gaultier in four games, and now meets Australian
Anthony Ricketts, who needed five games to beat yeaterday's
giant-killing Finn Olli Tuominen.
Lincou got the better of Ricketts in the British Open quarter-finals,
but it was a hard, physical affair, and Lincou can't take victory for
granted. The winner faces Nicol or Ryding in the semis.
DRAW & RESULTS
World Open Champions
Head to Head
More photos, and
from Malcolm Willstrop
29-Nov, Round One, Bottom Half:
& Matthew in early exits
After a first day where all the seeds progressed, the
opening match of
day two saw the first upset as Canada's Graham Ryding turned a
2-1 defecit into a spectacular victory over fifth seed Nick Matthew. A
further shock was to follow quickly, as Finn Olli Tuominen took
a first game tie-break against seventh seed John White, then took
advantage as the Scot folded in the next two games.
Ryding meets Alex Gough in round two, after the Welsh qualifier
pulled off a minor upset against Egypt's 15th seed Omar Elborolossy -
Omar's last match, as he declared earlier this week that he was
retiring after these championships. Tuominen's reward is a meeting
with Australia's Anthony Ricketts, who eased past Ong Beng Hee
in straight games.
No upset problems for France's second seed as Thierry Lincou
brushed aside Englishman Bradley Ball in straight games to set up an
all-French clash with Gregory Gaultier, who struggled to
overcome another English qualifier, Jonathan Kemp, recovering from 1-2
down to win in five games.
Nicol v Power in last 16!
Jonathon Power, winner of the world title in 1998, the last
time it was held in Qatar, avenged his defeat in last month's
Cleveland semi-final at the hands
of Australian Dan Jenson to move into an encounter with long-time
adversary Peter Nicol in the second round. Nicol, who took over
as world champion from Power in 1999 and held the title for three
years due to the non-staging of the 2000&01 events, eased past Egypt's
Hisham Ashour in three quick games.
This will be their 40th career meeting, with Power closing the gap to
21-18 in the Canadian Classic quarters in Toronto, but not since the
Cathay Pacific Open in 1996 have they met this early in a tournament.
IN THE PAPERS:
The Gulf Times
Round One, top
Seeds Safely Through in Doha
The opening day of the 2004 World Open in Doha saw all the seeds in
the top half of the draw safely through to the second round, but
defending champion Amr Shabana needed five games to keep his
title defence on track.
In the morning session Joe Kneipp's experience proved too much
for Malaysian youngster Azlan Iskandar, Mohammed Abbas won a
disappointing all-Egyptian match against Wael El Hindi, and two
English youngsters, James Willstrop and Adrian Grant won
in three games against Rodney Durbach and Renan Lavigne respectively.
Following the opening ceremony action moved onto the glass court -
favoured by shotmakers such as Shabana and Jonathon Power.
Defending champion Shabana survived a scare against PSA President Mark
Chaloner. The Egyptian took the first easily, but all-too-familiar
lapses mixed in with the brilliant shots, allowing Chaloner to come
back and take a 2-1 lead.
In the end Shabana's shots carried him through, but more care will be
needed if he is to realise his confident predictions this week. He
meets compatriot Abbas on Tuesday.
On the outside court England's Simon Parke took the first game from
Karim Darwish but was unable to convert it as Darwish took the
next three to set up a clash of former World Junior Champions against
Injuries no problem
On the showcourt top seed and world number one Lee Beachill
showed no signs of the abductor injury that troubled him in Canada,
although Italian Davide Bianchetti stretched the Yorkshireman to an
extended tie-break in the third. Beachill now meets Kneipp for a place
in the quarter-finals.
Another player recently on the injured list, British Open champion
David Palmer, the 2002 world champion, brushed aside Dutch
qualifier Tommy Berden in 37 minutes, apparently recovered from the
shoulder injury which kept him out of the Canadian Classic. Palmer's
second round opponent is Grant.
The bottom half of the
draw plays on Monday, alongside sixteen women's first round matches.
|“I haven’t really been fit
after the last World Open. But this time it’s different and I am
raring to go.”
27-Nov, Qualifying Finals:
Complete in Doha ...
The 2004 World Open is set for main round action Khalifa Squash Complex
in Doha, as eight qualifiers claimed their places in the main draw and
earned a shot at the World Championship title.
Joey takes Alex to Twenty
top seed Alex Gough enjoyed a rest day yesterday, but Joey
Barrington, who spurned his usual qualifying 3-2 thriller, arrived
fresh too, and stretched the Welshman early on. Alex took the first
game 20-18, Joey levelled, but then fitness began to tell, and Alex
reeled off the next two games to set up a date with 15th seed Omar
Elborolossy. It may not have been 3/2 (although that 20-18 could be
counted as two games), but Joey once again stayed on court longer than
anyone else, 80 minutes.
Other victors in long matches were Tommy Berden, the Dutch
champion who beat Alister Walker in five, Wael El Hindi, again
in five over Frenchman Stephane Galifi, and Mohammed Essam A Hafiz who
won a fourth-game tiebreak 5/3 to end the Barker family involvement
(Peter, ranked 12 places higher than Hafiz at no 31, beat brother
Berden meets British Open champion David Palmer tomorrow, El Hindi
faces compatriot Mohamed Abbas, while Hafiz, after a day off, faces an
uphill task against third seed Peter Nicol.
Both Pakistani players fell at the final qualifying stage - Mansoor
Zaman surprisingly lost 3/0 to Jonathan Kemp in just 24
minutes. Kemp, playing in his second World Open, has been
producing results that bely his ranking of 45, and this was a
significant upset againt the world no 24.
Zaman, recovering from a series of marathon matches in the CNS
International last week, finally ran out of steam against another
Englishman Bradley Ball. Ball, enjoying a career-high ranking
of 38, has been to the final in three of his last four tournaments.
Both Englishmen face French opposition on Monday - Ball plays second
seed Thierry Lincou and Kemp meets Gregory Gaultier, with the winners
to meet in the second round.
Youth and Experience
In a clash of the up-and-coming juniors Malaysia's Azlan Iskandar
cruised to a 3-0 win over 'LJ' Anjema, while tour veteran Rodney
Durbach claimed a main draw spot in three close games against
Egypt's talented Hisham Ashour. The South African meets young James
Willstrop tomorrow, while Iskandar faces an experienced pro next time
in Joe Kneipp.
ready to defend title ...
|“I haven’t really been fit
after the World Open. But this time it’s different and I am
raring to go.”
The long-established Qatar Classic has been upgraded for 2004 to
become the Qatar World Open. Running alongside the
Women's Qatar Classic, both events
feature the highest prize funds of the year.
Current champion Amr Shabana, a surprise winner in Lahore, is
seeded six, behind the current top five of Lee Beachill,
Thierry Lincou, Peter Nicol, David Palmer and
Nick Matthew, but is confident of doing well.
"After winning the World Open there was a lot of pressure on me, and I
also had problems, but people were always ready to write me off,"
Shabana told AFP. "They were always ready to say 'you're not making
any results.' But this month has been the first time I have done
myself justice since the World Open. Now I'm injury free and my
confidence is rising."
Along with Shabana, Nicol and Palmer, Canada's Jonathon Power
makes up a quartet of competitors who have held the world title.
This is the second time Qatar has hosted the World Open, with Canada's
Jonathon Power, who particularly likes the court in Doha, winning the
title in 1998.
"I'm in great shape but I don't recover
as well," Power admitted to AFP. "As long as I can stay healthy I can
have a great week."
26-Nov, Qualifying Round One:
way in Doha ...
The 2004 World Open got under way at the Khalifa Squash Complex
in Doha today, with sixteen qualifying matches as players vied for a
place in the main draw and a shot at the World Championship title.
The last World Open in Lahore saw an unexpected winner in Egypt's
Amr Shabana, and the last World Open in Doha, in 1998, saw
Jonathon Power claim the title. This year's qualifiers will avoid
those two champions, but 2003 finalist Thierry Lincou and
former champions Peter Nicol and David Palmer await
three of the 'lucky' qualifiers.
Barker Bros ...
You go all the way to Qatar and end up playing ... your brother! It
happened a few times to Tim and Ben Garner, and in Doha it happened to
Peter and Philip Barker. In the end it was Peter that won 11/6,
1/11, 11/9, 11/3, to guarantee one of the family in the qualifying
finals. Peter now plays Egypt's Mohamed Essam A Hafiz, who beat the
in-form Czech youngster Jan Koukal, for a place in the main draw.
Shahid's Dash ...
Shahid Zaman came within an ace of claiming the CNS title in
Karachi yesterday - the unseeded Pakistani youngster losing to Ong
Beng Hee in the final after being 2-0 up. That was his third 3-2
marathon in four days, and immediately after the final Shahid had to
rush to the airport in time to make the Qatar qualifiers. It was worth
the effort, as the son of squash legend Qamar beat Canada's Shahier
Razik in a mere four games, 9/11, 11/9, 11/5, 11/10(3-1) in just under
an hour. He'll sleep well tonight ...
Long and Short ...
The shortest match of the day lasted just 20 minutes as Egypt's
Wael El Hindi beat Namibia's Ryan Thompson 11/4, 11/3, 11/4, but
two matches went over the 70-minute mark as Alister Walker beat
Aussie Cameron Pilley in five and fellow Englishman Bradley Ball
also succeeded in five against Pakistan's Arshad Iqbal Burkhi.
Today's average match time was 44 minutes.
Joey fit for business?
once England's Joey Barrington (son of ...) saved some energy
as he spurned his usual 3-2 heroics and defeated Pakistan's Farrukh
Zaman in straight games. So, an early night for Joey, but he'll need
it since tomorrow he faces qualifying top seed Alex Gough, who
received a bye today!
are ready to stage the World Open and the Qatar Classic," said Qatar
Squash Federation (QSF), President Nabil Ali bin Ali. "The fans
in Doha can expect top quality squash, something they have seen in the
past also. Qatar won the rights to host these two world class events
because of our great reputation in squash circles."
The QSF president added: "The players are coming to Doha after a
hectic month of squash on the PSA and WISPA circuits. Thankfully we
don't have any pull-outs or major injuries to any of the players who
will compete here. The fans can also meet people like squash legend
Jahangir Khan of Pakistan, who will be our guest."