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Victor Crouin in action in Doha

QSF 4 SF: Crouin and Cardenas To Do Battle In Final

The semi-finals of the QSF 4 took place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Thursday evening, and after all the shocks and spoils the week has seen, the semis returned to seeding, with France’s Victor Crouin and Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas making it through.

The Frenchman is the top seed for the Challenger 30 level competition in Doha, and he had come through to the semi-finals without much of a scare, having defeated England’s Curtis Malik and Egypt’s Mazen Gamal en route. That run continued in the last four, as India’s Ramit Tandon had to retire injured midway through the second game with Crouin 11-4 and 7-4 up. After just 19 minutes, the World No.20 booked his spot in the final.

The same can be said for Mexico’s Cardenas, with the tournament’s No.4 seed having dropped just a single game in his run so far in Doha. He defeated the Czech Republic’s Martin Svec and Pakistan’s No.7 seed Tayyab Aslam to make the semis, where he came up against the tournament’s surprise package, Aly Abou Eleinen.

The Egyptian had gotten the better of former World No.3 Omar Mosaad and Qatari No.1 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi to make the semi-finals, but he had run out of steam by the last four, with Cardenas winning in half an hour, dropping just 13 points in the contest, winning out 11-5, 11-2, 11-6.

Crouin and Cardenas will meet in the final on Friday, and it will be their fifth meeting on Tour, with both men having won two out of the previous four. The Mexican won their most recent battle, taking a straight games victory at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family in February 2022.

The final of the QSF 4 will take place on Friday, June 24, with France’s Victor Crouin and Mexican Leonel Cardenas going head-to-head for the Challenger 30 level crown at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. You can keep up to date with live scores from the final on the PSA World Tour website.

Semi-Final Results: QSF 4
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [5] Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-4, 7-4 retired (19m)
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (31m)

Final Draw: To Be Played Friday, June 24
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) v [4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX)

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