Qatar Classic 2013

Published on Friday, November 8, 2013

Qatar Classic 2013
08-15 November, Doha, $150k

Round One
10/11 Nov
Round Two
12 Nov
13 Nov
14 Nov
15 Nov
[2] James Willstrop (Eng) 
 11/7, 11/9, 11/3 (27m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
[2] James Willstrop

 11/8, 11/5, 4/11, 9/11, 13/11 (89m)

Daryl Selby
Daryl Selby

11/9, 7/11, 11/4, 11/2 (47m)

[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy

[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy


11/7, 11/5, 11/6 (35m)


[4] Karim Darwish

[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy




11/5, 5/11, 11/6, 6/11, 11/4 (83m) 




[3] Nick Matthew

Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/3 (40m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/3, 14/12, 11/8 (51m) 
[Q] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Laurens Jan Anjema 

11/7, 11/6, 11/8 (37m)

[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy
[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
7/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (67m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
[8] Tarek Momen (Egy)
 11/2, 11/3, 10/3 rtd (20m)
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
[8] Tarek Momen

11/9, 5/11, 11/9, 9/11, 12/10 (82m)

Karim Abdel Gawad
Karim Abdel Gawad

11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (32m)

[4] Karim Darwish

Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
8/11, 11/4, 6/11, 11/7, 11/9 (57m)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/6, 11/9, 11/5 (31m)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Omar Mosaad

11/9, 4/11, 11/6, 11/5 (55m)

[4] Karim Darwish
Adrian Grant (Eng) 
11/6, 11/9, 10/12, 11/8 (64m)
[4] Karim Darwish (Egy)
Alister Walker (Bot)
11/8, 11/7, 12/10 (42m)
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
[3] Nick Matthew

 11/6, 11/7, 13/11 (54m)

Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[3] Nick Matthew

12/10, 2/2 rtd (27m)

[6] Amr Shabana

[3] Nick Matthew


11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (47m)


[7] Borja Golan

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11/9, 11/5, 11/9 (41m)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
7/11, 9/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (83m)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Steve Coppinger

11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (28m)

[6] Amr Shabana
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/9, 11/6, 6/11, 11/7 (55m)
[6] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (45m)
[7] Borja Golan (Esp)
[7] Borja Golan

11/6, 11/7, 12/10 (56m)

Tom Richards
[7] Borja Golan

 7/11, 12/10, 11/6, 15/13 (79m)

[1] Gregory Gaultier

Tom Richards (Eng)
11/2, 11/4, 10/12, 7/11, 12/10 (90m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (43m)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
Cameron Pilley

11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (40m)

[1] Gregory Gaultier
 Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/9, 11/9, 11/3 (46m)
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)


13 Nov. - Quarter :

[7] Borja Golan (Esp)
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 

 7/11, 12/10, 11/6, 15/13 (79m)

Golan takes out top seed Gaultier
 The second match of the day produced a stunning upset as Borja Golan recorded one of his best ever wins to beat top seed and defending Qatar Classic champion Gregory Gaultier in a tough, tense and often contentious four game battle.
 After Gaultier had taken the first game the bumps, collisions and appeals increased, and Golan took advantage to take the next two games against the odds. 
 The fourth was contentious all the way, with both players appealing at the end of virtually every rally, lots of stoppages, and if some of the decisions seemed a little random it was hardly surprising given what was going on on court.
 Golan led 6-4, Gaultier seemed to have weathered the storm at 9-7 but Golan battled on, having match balls at 10-9 and 12-11 before finally converting 15-13 as he put in a short ball that Gaultier's efforts to get to and appeal to the refs were denied.
 "You have to be tough inside the court," said a delighted Spaniard. "Greg is such a great player even if I play my best I would probably lose, so I have to play every point like it was the last one, and I think I played pretty well today."
 Fram reports:
  Not the best of atmosphere…
 To be honest, I wish somebody else would write this report for me. Because I didn’t enjoy this match at all. Maybe my proximity with Greg makes me biased. I don’t deny that. So it makes it extremely difficult for me to stay fair. On either of them. I really didn’t enjoy the match.

I thought today that Greg looked extremely tired. Yesterday, off the record, the Frenchman told me he was, but that he still didn’t want to lose. And he showed that today in that fourth, where he fought and dug in to get his game balls and fight the three match balls Borja had, even if he finally bowed in a very contentious ending, to say the least..
 I have so much more things to say about some attitude on the court, some aggressiveness that was not penalised, or about how it looked like the decisions were basically picked out of a hat. Again, my feeling. My opinion. With all my good will, I was trying to find a line, a logic to those calls. And I failed. Yes, a lot to say about this match. But once again, my proximity with Greg is probably clouding my judgment. So I won’t dwell or develop.
 Borja has been playing extremely well recently and in this tournament. His mixing of the shots and his redrops have made immense damage. And today on top of that, he played the perfect mental game, managing to get under Greg’s skin, very clever play indeed. He also dominated the backhand wall, normally Greg’s private garden. 
 But where he got the Frenchman more than anything, was with his fantastic boasting. They took every inch of gas that Greg had to just return them, and today, the Frenchman didn’t have enough power in the legs to transform them into winners was he would normally do. He could only return them, opening the court for a Spanish far too happy to return the favour. Like I said, a great performance from the Spanish.
 Greg had a great run. One match too far. Hope he can rest a bit now until Hong Kong. He deserves it.

12 nov. - round 2

Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 
Cameron Pilley
 11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (40m)

11 nov. - First round

Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 
Simon Rosner (Ger)

11/9, 11/9, 11/3 (46m)

The evening session opened with top seed Gregory Gaultier maintained his unbeaten record against Simon Rosner. The German stayed right with Gaultier until the very end of the first two games before the Frenchman ran away with the third.