Seeds joined by two more qualifiers as round one concludes in Doha

Day three of the Qatar PSA World Championship in Doha, and it was the bottom half of the draw at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

All of the seeded players made it safely through to round two, as two more qualifiers produced upset results to force their way into the last thirty-two.

England’s Joe Lee recorded one of the best wins of his career in beating Aamir Atlas Khan in straight games, although the second was one of the longest on record at 24/22. His reward is a meeting with four-time champion Amr Shabana, the seventh seed who looked in fine form as he eased past Ivan Yuen in just over half an hour.

“Now, Shabana,” said Lee.” So happy.That was one more incentive to get to the next round, just to have a chance to try and have a shot at him.”

South African Shaun Le Roux also followed up on his qualifying win, and was two games to the good when Canadian Shahier Razik retired with an ankle injury. He’ll meet twelfth seed Alister Walker, whose match was similarly curtailed when Omar Abdel Aziz retired after two games.

Defending champion Nick Matthew closed out a tough opening game against Nicolas Mueller, the second seeded Englishman then took the next two games with more comfort. His next opponent is Australia’s Zac Alexander, who had to save match balls in the fourth and fifth games before denying Welshman Peter Creed in a 97-minute marathon.

“What made the difference?,” mused the Welshman after the match, “experience. I had the opportunity to win, but the more match balls I got, the more nervous I got.”

Former champion Ramy Ashour, seeded five, won an entertaining three games against compatriot Marwan El Shorbagy, to set up a meeting with Englishman Adrian Grant, who got the better of a close four-game tussle with Aussie qualifier Rex Hedrick.

“I didn’t play my best squash, I’m building on it,” admitted Grant. “Happy to get to the glass court, I’ve always felt comfortable on there. I can really express my abilities on there.”

Tenth and thirteenth seeds Omar Mosaad and Tarek Momen were both tested, Mosaad recovering from a game down to beat Robbie Temple in four while Momen needed all five games as he camse from 2/1 down to deny Steve Coppinger. Mosaad meets Hong Kong youngster Max Lee who overturned last week’s defeat against Henrik Mustonen, while Momen faces Australian Ryan Cuskelly

Third seed Gregory Gaultier showed no signs of the ankle injusry he sustained at the end of his semi-final in Hong Kong as he eased past Egypt’s Mohammed Abbas in three quick games. His next opponent is Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez who beat Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Al Mezayen.

“I’m so happy,” said Miguel, “It’s the first time a South American player reaches the second round of the worlds, so, feeling I have to play well for my continent!

The quickest win of the day belonged to Dutchman LJ Anjema, the ninth seed who was raring to go after missing Hong Kong and wasted no time in dismissing Jonathan Kemp.

He’ll meet another Englishman in Chris Simpson, who was in impressive form in beating Matthew Karwalski in straight games.

It’s back to the top half of the draw for tomorrow’s second round, eight matches o the glass court starting at 12.00.

Qatar PSA World Championship 2012, Round One, Bottom Half:

Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus) 11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (37m)
[9] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Jonathan Kemp (Eng) 11/7, 11/2, 11/4 (22m)

[10] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Robbie Temple (Eng) 12/14, 11/9, 11/5, 11/6 (57m)
Max Lee (Hkg) 3-1 Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 8/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/7 (52m)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Mohammed Abbas (Egy) 11/5, 11/5, 11/1 (26m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [Q] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw) 11/3, 11/8, 5/11, 11/6 (42m)

Adrian Grant (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Rex Hedrick (Aus) 11/5, 7/11, 11/8, 11/8 (65m)
[5] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-0 Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) 11/7, 12/10, 11/8 (36m)

[7] Amr Shabana (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Ivan Yuen (Mas) 11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (31m)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng) 3-0 Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak) 11/6, 24/22, 11/6 (66m)

[Q] Shaun Le Roux 3-0 Shahier Razik (Can) (Rsa) 11/6, 11/1 Rtd (26m) ankle inj
[12] Alister Walker (Bot) 3-0 Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) 11/7, 11/3, rtd (30m)

Zac Alexander (Aus) 3-2 [Q] Peter Creed (Wal) 11/9, 8/11, 5/11, 13/11, 14/12 (97m)
Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (36m)

[13] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-2 Stephen Coppinger (Rsa) 11/7, 7/11, 4/11, 11/8, 11/8 (76m)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) v [Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)

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