The opening day of the Qatar PSA World Championship in Doha saw a single qualifying round with 32 players battling to make the main draw of the 34th edition of the pinnacle of the men’s game.
It wasn’t a conclusive start as both of the opening matches were suspended for injury. The following matches went onto court meaning that after over two hours of play no-one had yet successfully qualified!
Once the results did start rolling in it ended up being a good day for the Brits with Jaymie Haycocks starting the ball rolling as the Englishman beat New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in a marathon 104-minute five-setter to earn a match against Ryan Cuskelly tomorrow.
The other opening match between Shaun Le Roux and Andrew Wagih was suspended at 10/5 to South African Le Roux in the fifth after a collision left Egypt’s Wagih on the floor and needing treatment. On the resumption Le Roux took the single point he needed to complete a comeback from two games down. His reward is a match against Canada’s Shahier Razik.
Haycocks was followed by compatriots Robbie Temple, Ollie Pett, Joe Lee and Charles Sharpes as all five Englishmen in action won, and by Welshman Peter Creed who also came from two games down to deny Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in the closest match of the day.
Round one starts on Friday at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex – the first venue to hole the World Championships three times – with the top half of the draw which sees world number one and top seed James Willstrop in action.
Qatar PSA World Championship 2012 – Qualifying:
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-2 Campbell Grayson (Nzl) 8/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/13, 11/5 (104m)
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 3-2 Andrew Wagih (Egy) 9/11, 8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (78m)
Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-0 Steve Finitsis (Aus) 12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (62m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) 3-0 Admire Magwaza (Zim) 11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (24m)
Olivier Pett (Eng) 3-0 Kim Are Killingberg (Nor) 11/7, 11/3, 11/0 (23m)
Matthew Karwalski (Aus) 3-0 Arthur Gaskin (Irl) 11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (31m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas) 3-0 Raphael Kandra (Ger) 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (38m)
Joe Lee (Eng) 3-1 Chris Gordon (Usa) 6/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/8 (68m)
Peter Creed (Wal) 3-2 Cesar Salazar (Mex) 5/11, 10/12, 12/10, 13/11, 11/8 (75m)
Kristian Frost (Den) 3-1 Aqeel Rehman (Aut) 14/12, 13/11, 11/4 (61m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-1 Yann Perrin (Fra) 3/11, 5/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/6 (49m)
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) 3-1 Leo Au (Hkg) 11/5, 10/12, 11/4, 11/8 (49m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun) 3-1 Rasmus Nielsen (Den) 3/11, 14/12, 11/7, 11/7 (46m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-1 Mazen Hesham (Egy) 11/2, 11/7, 11/8 (34m)
Charles Sharpes (Eng) 3-0 Kamran Khan (Mas) 11/4, 11/9, 11/8 (36m)
Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw) 3-0 Julien Balbo (Fra) 11/8, 14/12, 11/8 (40m)