Borja joins seven seeds in World Champ quarters in Doha

No more split rounds or rest days, today at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha it was round three, the last sixteen.

The first match of the day produced the only upset as Spain’s Borja Golan beat sixth seed Peter Barker, who looked to be struggling with injury.

Golan joins four Egyptians, two Englishmen and a Frenchman in the last eight, where his opponent will be top seed James Willstrop who beat his frequent sparring partner Saurav Ghosal in straight games.

An Egyptian semi-finals is guaranteed in the top half after Mohamed El Shorbagy and Karim Darwish won in contrasting styles. Shorbagy recovered from a game down to beat Cameron Pilley while Darwish, the fourth seed, survived a brutal four-game 80-minute encounter with Daryl Selby.

The bottom half of the draw will see Gregory Gaultier and Ramy Ashour meet yet again, after Frenchman Gaultier, seeded three, beat English qualifier Chris Simpson in straight games while Ashour maintained his unbeaten record against compatriot Omar Mosaad, but only just as he too needed to come from a game down to win in 76 minutes.

Defending champion Nick Matthew avenged his defeat on this court last year by beating Tarek Momen in straight games, and meets more Egyptian opposition in the quarters in the form of four-time champion Amr Shabana, who enjoyed the easiest ride of the day with Alister Walker retiring injured after 17 minutes.

Fram was on her own in Doha, Steve was en route to Cayman, hence today’s abbreviated coverage – normal service will be resumed tomorrow …

Qatar PSA World Championship 2012, Round Three, the last 16:

[15] Borja Golan (Esp) 3-1 [6] Peter Barker (Eng)  11/7, 4/11, 11/3, 11/3 (45m) 
[1] James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 Saurav Ghosal (Ind)  11/6, 11/7, 11/2 (49m)

[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [16] Cameron Pilley (Aus) 11/13, 11/6, 11/2, 11/7 (56m)
[4] Karim Darwish (Egy) 3-1 [11] Daryl Selby (Eng)  11/9, 13/11, 10/12, 11/9 (80m)

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Chris Simpson (Eng)  11/7, 11/6, 11/4 (34m)
[5] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1 [10] Omar Mosaad (Egy)  11/13, 12/10, 11/2, 14/12 (76m)

[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 [13] Tarek Momen (Egy)  11/8, 11/9, 13/11 (65m)
[7] Amr Shabana (Egy) 3-0 [12] Alister Walker (Bot)  11/4, 9/3 rtd (17m)

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