Any hopes of home success at the 2017 Motor City Open presented by the Suburban Collection were dashed last night as all three Team USA players were sent packing in the final round of qualifictaion.
Todd Harrity, Chris Hanson and Christoper Gordon all found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreline as Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, Campbell Grayson and Ivan Yuen emerged victorious to join Raphael Kandra in the Main Draw of the PSA M70 event taking place at the Birmingham Athletic Club.
It was Tamimi who had the toughest road to the Main Draw. After cruising through his first two games with Todd Harrity, Tamimi started to feel a sharp pain in his right shin. Harrity pounced on his wounded opponent, picking up games three and four to set up a decisive fifth, but he couldn’t see it through as Tamimi stood strong in the end.
“The last couple of days my shins have really started hurting,” Tamimi said. “I needed a really good start because I knew as the match goes on that I’m going to start feeling it. He picked that up and started opening up the court.”
“It’s not an injury that’s going to stop me. It’s just pain. If you push 100 percent, even if it’s killing you, it’s not going to be a big injury. I got my confidence back in the fifth and I’m really happy to qualify.”
Tamimi will face hard-hitting ‘Hammer of Thor’ Omar Mosaad of Egypt, on Friday evening while in the only other match to go beyond three games it was Yuen who was able to stave off a strong effort from Gordon.
Gordon powered his way to an 11-8 win in the first game, as Yuen seemed to be concentrating a little too much on the officiating at the outset, but the young Malaysian regained his composure in the second and controlled proceedings from then on.
“I’ve been through a lot with the referees,” Yuen said. “I told myself to forget it and just move forward.
“I just had to fight every point and keep believing I could do it. I came all the way here from Maylaysia and I’m not ready to be done yet.”
For his efforts, Yuen earns a date with second-seeded Marwan ElShorbagy with the third USA dream killer, Grayson, doing Hanson 3-0 to set up his first round encounter with Ryan Cuskelly.
Results – Qualification Finals
 Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
 Raphael Kandra (GER) bt  Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
 Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [L] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (43m)
 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-2: ) 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-6 (50m)
Main Draw – First Round
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v  Borja Golan (ESP)
 Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Ali Farag (EGY) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Diego Elias (PER) v [Q] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS) v  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)