1 Updates

World No.1 Ashour pulls out of Qatar Classic Squash

Nov 8 2013, 6:44am CST | by IANS

Doha, Nov 8 (IANS) France's World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will lead the field at this week's Qatar Classic after Egypt's World No.1 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the PSA World Series event following an injury sustained at last week's World Championship in England.

Doha, Nov 8 — France's World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will lead the field at this week's Qatar Classic after Egypt's World No.1 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the PSA World Series event following an injury...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

44 weeks ago

World No.1 Ashour pulls out of Qatar Classic Squash

Nov 8 2013, 6:44am CST | by IANS

Doha, Nov 8 (IANS) France's World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will lead the field at this week's Qatar Classic after Egypt's World No.1 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the PSA World Series event following an injury sustained at last week's World Championship in England.

Doha, Nov 8 — France's World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will lead the field at this week's Qatar Classic after Egypt's World No.1 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the PSA World Series event following an injury sustained at last week's World Championship in England.

"Just got out of the hospital and the doctors advised me not to play Qatar so that my hamstring injury won't get any worse," said the World No.1 from Cairo. "Let's thank the LORD for whatever he has for us."

Ashour's withdrawal means Gaultier will look to regain the Qatar Classic title he won in 2011. The Frenchman will open his campaign against top-ranked German Simon Rosner, the World No.13.

The 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence is scheduled to link up with Spain's World No.8 Borja Golan in the quarter-finals -- before a likely semi-final encounter with England's Nick Matthew, the man who beat him in last week's World Championship final in Manchester.

Gaultier and Matthew fought out a blistering 111-minute final which went the full distance -- with home hero Matthew prevailing to win the prestigious title for a third time.

But 2009 Qatar Classic champion Matthew has a lot to do before reaching the semis: His first opponent is former England team-mate Alister Walker, the World No.15 who now represents Botswana. A predicted second round clash with the Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the highest-ranked South American of all-time, could take the Sheffield star on to a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Amr Shabana.

The distinguished Egyptian made his first major PSA Tour appearance in Doha in 1996, a full five years before Matthew began his Classic encounters. Four-time world champion Shabana -- the 34-year-old from Cairo whose latest goal is to become the oldest World No.1 or world champion -- has reached the Qatar final on three occasions, winning the title in 2007. He plays India's Saurav Ghosal in the opening round.

England's World No.3 James Willstrop, elevated to second seed following Ashour's withdrawal, begins his 11th Qatar campaign against wild card Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, a promising Qatari junior who is ranked 99.

The revised draw now sees Willstrop in the same quarter as Mohamed Elshorbagy, the fifth-seeded Egyptian who upset the Englishman in the World Championship quarter-finals.

Willstrop's biggest threat in his half of the draw is fourth seed Karim Darwish, the only two-time winner of the title in the draw. The World No.5 from Cairo, champion in 2008 and 2010, begins his latest campaign against a qualifier before an expected quarter-final meeting with compatriot Tarek Momen, the new No.8 seed.

The 2013 Qatar Classic, the seventh PSA World Series event of the year and one of the leading events on the PSA World Tour since 1992, takes place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha Nov 10-15, following two days of qualifying.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Athletic Club relishing Champions League return
Madrid, Sep 17 (IANS) The Champions League football group stage returns to Bilbao for the first time since 1998 when Athletic Club Bilbao entertain Shakhtar Donetsk in the San Mames Stadium Wednesday night.
 
 
Against Manchester City, Bayern rests hopes on Alonso
Berlin, Sep 17 (IANS) It was a picture of rare symbolic power: Inevitably, Bayern Munich is resting its hopes on one man's shoulders in the Champions League opener against Manchester City Wednesday night - Xabi Alonso.
 
 
Gary Kirsten launches travel & tourism company
Durban, Sep 17 (IANS) Former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten has launched a travel and tourism company in collaboration with Cape Africa Tours.
 
 
Asian Games: China, Japan, Kazakhstan to dominate water polo
Incheon (South Korea), Sep 17 (IANS) China, Japan and Kazakhstan will be keenly fighting it out for the two gold medals that are up for grabs in Asian Games water polo, which will kick off with women's event at the Dream Parks Aquatics Centre here Saturday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Can another drink relieve you from a hangover?
London, Sep 17 (IANS) Is "hair of the dog" the best cure for hangover? According to a renowned author and journalist, another drink is the way to get rid of those forgetful morning episodes of a dry mouth, headaches,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Sep 17 (IANS) The Pakistan army Wednesday said fighter jets bombed positions of militants in the North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants. "Today in precise aerial strikes...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian origin man jailed for raping woman in New Zealand
Wellington, Sep 17 (IANS) A court in New Zealand Wednesday sentenced an Indian-origin man to six years and nine months in jail for raping a woman in her sleep, media reported. The accused, identified as Tajinder Paul...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Australian student penalised in exam over hair cut
Canberra, Sep 17 (IANS) A 17-year-old student in Australia was penalised 20 percent marks in his chemistry examination for having a haircut that breached the school's uniform policy, media reported Wednesday. Dominic...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Robert De Niro moves into $125k-a-month apartment
Robert De Niro has moved into a $125,000-a-month apartment. The 71-year-old actor and his wife Grace Hightower have moved out of their rental property in West Village and into the five-bedroom abode, one of the most...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace
Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. The 39-year-old actor was appointed to the role by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to help promote the organisation's global action on climate...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Beyonce and Jay Z to splash $85m on new home?
Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z look set to splash out $85 million on a Beverly Hills estate. The power couple - who have recently been hit by speculation their marriage is on the rocks followed by rumors the singer is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Katy B pays tribute to late brother
Katy B has paid tribute to her brother following his death yesterday (09.16.14). The devastated singer has cancelled all public appearances following the sudden passing of her sibling Andrew - who was left paralysed in...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Victoria Beckham too busy for babies
Victoria Beckham is too busy to have another child. The Spice Girls star-turned-fashion designer - who has children Brooklyn, 15, Romeo, 12, Cruz, nine, and Harper, three, with husband David - insists raising her kids...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Dwayne Johnson talks past arrest and theft ring
Dwayne Johnson was arrested ''eight or nine times'' by the time he was 17 after being involved in a theft ring. The 'Hercules' star had a tough upbringing in Hawaii during his teenage years and after getting evicted...
Read more on Celebrity Balla