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Victor Crouin with the QSF 4 trophy

QSF 4: Crouin Claims Biggest Title Of Career

France’s World No.20 Victor Crouin took the victory at the Challenger 30 level QSF 4 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, to clinch the biggest victory of his career.

Due to being the tournament’s top seed, Crouin received a bye through to the second round, where he defeated England’s Curtis Malik in straight games to advance to the quarter finals in Doha.

He then got the better of Egypt’s Mazen Gamal in a four-game battle in which he had to regroup after the 36-year-old levelled the match after the second games. That took the Frenchman into the semis, where he spent just 19 minutes on court against India’s Ramit Tandon, after the World No.45 had to retire through injury.

Crouin then came up against Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas in the final of the QSF 4, and the pair did battle for more than an hour. The Frenchman took the first game, before the No.4 seed Cardenas fought back to take the second to tie the contest. The third was the longest game by far, with both men having several game balls to take it. It was Crouin that eventually did, winning it 19-17, before then going on to win the fourth on a tie-break as well, 12-10, to secure the 16th Tour title of his career.

It is also the third victory of the 2021-2022 season, following his wins at the South State Bank Marietta Open and the HSC Open, both in the United States, and it has been a campaign which saw him nominated in the PSA Awards earlier this month.

Results: QSF 4
Final
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 19-17, 12-10 (62m)

Semi-Finals
[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)

Quarter Finals
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (49m)
[5] Ramit Tandon (IND) bt [3] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8 (73m)
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt [7] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-0: 21-19, 11-4, 11-2 (34m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-4, 11-13, 16-14, 11-7 (66m)

Round Two
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Curtis Malik (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (35m)
Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [8] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (48m)
[5] Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (40m)
[3] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Rory Stewart (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 (54m)
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Matin Svec (CZE) 3-1: 11-2, 11-6, 13-15, 11-3 (44m)
[7] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (37m)
Aly About Eleinen (EGY) bt [6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 5-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (55m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 3-2: 11-5, 2-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-2 (53m)

Round One
Curtis Malik (ENG) bt Emyr Evans (WAL) 3-1: 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9 (51m)
Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (46m)
Charlie Lee (ENG) bt Yannik Omlor (GER) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 (20m)
Rory Stewart (SCO) bt Khaled Labib (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (29m)
Martin Svec (CZE) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-1: 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8 (46m)
Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) bt [WC] Abdulrahman Al-Malki (QAT) 3-0: 13-11, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Aly Hussein (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (39m)
Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) bt Alireza Shameli (IRI) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)

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