Qatar Classic 2011

Published on Friday, October 14, 2011

Qatar Classic 2011- Du 14 au 20 OctobreQatar, Doha

Round One
Premier tour

Round Two
Deuxième tour




[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
  11/9, 11/4, 11/4 (38m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
[1] Nick Matthew
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (44m)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen

11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (65m)

[6] Grégory Gaultier

[6] Grégory Gaultier

11/8, 11/4, 11/1 (42m)

 [3] Karim Darwish

[6] Grégory Gaultier

11/8, 11/7, 2/11, 11/8 (70m)

[4] James Willstrop







Tarek Momen (Egy)
15/13, 11/8, 11/5 (47m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/8, 11/6, 9/11, 11/1 (64m)
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
[Q] Siddarth Suchde
11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (44m)
[6] Grégory Gaultier
[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
   11/8, 11/3, 11/4 (30m)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelgar (Egy)
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy)
 11/6, 11/7, 11/4 (30m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Nicolas Mueller 
11/8, 7/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/6 (59m)
 Azlan Iskandar
Nicolas Mueller

 2/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/4 (35m)

 [3] Karim Darwish

Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
 11/9, 11/4, 11/4 (24m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
4/0 rtd
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen 
11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (28m)
 [3] Karim Darwish
[3] Karim Darwish (Egy)
 11/2, 11/2, 11/2 (20m)
[Q] Kamran Khan (Mas)
[Q] Mohamed Abbas (Egy)
 11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (30m)
[4] James Willstrop (Eng)
[4] James Willstrop 
 11/5, 11/2, 14/12 (47m)
Simon Rosner
[4] James Willstrop

 6/11, 11/7, 11/4, 13/11 (56m)

[7] Peter Barker

[4] James Willstrop

11/8, 11/3, 11/9 (56m)

Stewart Boswell

Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/6, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (56m)
[Q] Chris Ryder (Eng)
Thierry Lincou (Fra)
9/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (63m)
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
Thierry Lincou
11/6, 11/3, 11/9 (57m)
[7] Peter Barker
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/6, 11/6, 9/11, 11/2 (63m)
[7] Peter Barker (Eng)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
12/10, 11/9, 7/11, 11/4 (56m)
[8] David Palmer (Aus)
[8] David Palmer 
11/8, 4/11, 11/6, 5/11, 11/5 (80m)
Stewart Boswell
Stewart Boswell

11/8, 11/5, 4/11, 11/4. (68m)

Cameron Pilley

Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/7, 11/8, 11/2 (35m)
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
 11/6, 12/10, 11/7 (54m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Cameron Pilley 
  11/7, 11/2, 13/11 (54m)
Tom Richards
Tom Richards (Eng)
11/4, 11/6 rtd (18m)
[2] Ramy Ashour (Egy)

21 octobre 2011 - FINALE 

[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) 
[4] James Willstrop (Eng) 
11/8, 11/7, 2/11, 11/8 (70m)

We’ve been playing each other since we are that high, since we were juniors, we had some memorable battles. It’s actually nice to see each other back to the final. He is just a gentleman on court, such a fair player, I have tremendous respect for him.

I remember when we play the British Open Junior final, we had an unbelievable match for the U19 title, and I won 12/10 in the fifth. Right after the match, he came to me and took me back to the court, that’s the memory I keep from that final. We both dreamed about our career, and although on the way, we had a bit of a falling out, but now, I feel the same way about him than I did then, a immense respect and admiration for him.

Doha is my second home now!!!!! Joke apart, I’ve been coming here since the age of 16 or 17, and I’ve seen all the great players win this title, so for me, it’s like a dream come true, especially as I didn’t win a major event for two years now.

20 octobre 2011 - Demis

[6] Grégory Gaultier
[3] Karim Darwish

11/8, 11/4, 11/1 (42m)

Karim is an unbelievable player, he is the double defending champion, maybe a bit of pressure tonight. Whereas for me, I was lucky enough to have played Tarek last night, so my speed was up to date, so thanks Tarek…

I was so comfortable on there, I was happy to play, so happy to play, and I hope I can keep on playing like that… I was relaxed, I was moving freely, I was enjoying every second of my time on there, and it’s such a fantastic feeling when everything you’ve been working on suddenly falls into place on D day….

The first game was really tough, I had to dig in deep to win it, and when I found myself 2/0 up, I just gave it a huge push, trying to prevent him to score at all costs, really working point, after point, after point, structuring ever rally, 

When you are a top seed, it’s tough, I have been in that situation when I was world number one, and I didn’t handle it that well then, but now, I’m trying to get back into the top ranking, and for me, beating Karim who is ahead of me in the ranking is good for my points. And it’s a good win….

A lot of people came tonight to support Karim, but it doesn’t matter really who you come to support, as long as you come to see squash. Squash is a fantastic sport to watch, and thanks to your support, we’ll hopefully get into the Olympics…

19 octobre 2011 - Quarts

[6] Grégory Gaultier
Tarek Momen

11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (65m)

I think that if one could measure the speed of Tarek on the court, they would find out he is actually fast than I am!! He is so talented, good hands, feathery shots. When he gets the ball to the front, it’s so difficult to retrieve them, and any chance you leave me, he kills the ball…. He has done a fantastic tournament, he is young, and I’m sure he’ll be threatening all the top seeds on a regular basis, me included!

I like the video reviewing, when you get a good ref up there. You know, when you are on court, you are so focused on your own game, sometimes, you don’t see clearly what’s going on, so when I see the video, and I realise I’m wrong, I apologise to the ref. But when I see I’m right, I think the ref should apologise to me!

Now, for the ball Tarek thinks I’ve touched, honestly, I didn’t feel anything, and even when I looked at the video, I didn’t see the trajectory of the ball change whatsoever, or the racquet touch the ball. If I had, I would have given the point up.

It was really not easy tonight, I really had to dig in and dig in, 3/0, but 60m! He goes and picks all the balls, I was working extremely hard to push and tire him, but he didn’t! At no time I saw him getting tired, or starting to make unforced errors. He virtually didn’t do any at the front, and I really had to push to my maximum to win that one. 

I was happy to take the first, because even if the score doesn’t show it, it was a pretty tough one. But I was never comfortable on there, even if I had a few points cushion, he was constantly trying to come back, he never ever let go, and was constantly a threat.

18 octobre 2011 - Deuxième Tour

[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)

11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (44m)

Sid had a excellent tournament, he’s improved quite a lot recently, and the hard work he is producing is starting to pay off. Well done to him, and good luck for the rest of the season…

The Indian looked a bit lost at sea in the first two games, but reassessed very well in the third, coping much better with the angles and speed that Greg was imposing on there.

A few discussions with the Ref from the Frenchman, that proves he’s well in his tournament, and doesn’t like to lose even one point although leading 11/3, 11/3, 7/3… But I guess that what makes Champions, they just hate losing…

16 octobre 2011 - Premier Tour

[6] Grégory Gaultier
[Q] Mohamed Abouelgar (Egy)
11/8, 11/3, 11/4 (30mn)

Je suis en super forme, on s’est entraîné avec Thierry, je tape bien la balle, j’ai de super sensations. Le seul problème, c’est qu’on n’a pas pu s’entraîner sur le court vitré, juste 20m ce matin, alors c’était un peu juste. Mais bon, c’est pareil pour tout le monde.

C’est un court très froid, alors, si tu es bien en jambes, ça va, mais pour trouver ses longueurs, il faut vraiment être parfait, donc, c’est bien d’avoir joué aujourd’hui, demain, encore un peu d’entraînement dessus, et ça ira…

Je suis bien affuté, bien en jambes, je me suis entraîné dur. Et puis, je joue bien en ce moment, juste le problème de ne jouer que Ramy dans mes tableaux, qui est le joueur en forme du moment…