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Mostafa Asal (right) in action against Campbell Grayson in the first round

Men's World's: Second Side Court Session Sees 12 More Through

The evening session of the first day in Qatar saw 16 more players make it through to the second round of the Men’s World Championships.

Play took place on both the spectacular glass court, along with eight matches on each of the three traditional plaster courts, with 12 winners from the latter.

Here is what happened in the second session of play in Qatar, with twelve matches in the evening salvo.

Mosaad Through To Round 2

Egypt’s Omar Mosaad is through to the second round of the Men’s World Championship after coming from behind to defeat Frenchman Baptiste Masotti.

The youngster took the first game 11-8, but from there, Mosaad was able to play to his strengths to the turn the match around. He won the second 11-9, before then taking the third comfortably 11-2.

However, Masotti tried to fight back in the fourth game, but the ‘Hammer of Thor’ had too much for the Frenchman, booking his place in the last 32.

“I started the season with some good training, and I was looking to show my game, how I have improved, but I did not have a chance in my first three tournaments,” Mosaad explained.

“In the second game, I started to relax and I found my shots. I was happy to get the second and third, but the fourth was tricky, because I knew I had to be patient to win the match. Even at 7-3, I was thinking about winning, but Baptiste tried his best to stop me. I am just happy to be through my first round match here in Qatar.”

[12] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (54m)

Salem Battles Past Yip In Four

Egypt’s Zahed Salem joined his compatriot in the second round of the tournament, after he got the better of Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip on the first day.

The World No.16 took the first game of their first round clash comfortably, but the Hong Kong No.2 was able to fight back, restricting Salem to just three points in the second.

However, the Egyptian was able to return the favour in game three, before then winning the fourth 11-6 to claim the match, and advance to the second round.

“I am happy to beat him today in four, especially as it is the first round of the World Championships, because we all want to make a good start to the tournament. I had to give it everything,” Salem admitted.

“He was comfortable in the second game because he played so well. I had to prepare mentally for the third game, because I knew it would be tough. I made sure I started the game, and the first few points strongly, and from there I felt more confident.”

[14] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-1: 11-7, 3-11, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)

Asal Moves Into Second Round In Qatar

19-year-old Mostafa Asal made it a trio of Egyptians into the last 32 in the first round of evening session action, after he beat New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in straight games.

The Kiwi took a 9-6 lead in the first, but Asal was able to battle back from the brink to record a tie-break win, before then winning the next two games 11-5 to advance to the second round.

“Today was tough. Men and my coach managed to make a plan with a lot of things to do inside the court because Campbell is such a tough opponent.

“I was 9-6 down in the first game and it was tricky, but I am glad I managed to win it. I think I managed to tire him out with some longer rallies, and I beat him in the back court, because he is so strong in the front of the court.”

Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (42m)

Abouelghar Eases Past Aslam

Mohamed Abouelghar returned from injury with a terrific performance against Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam, as he reached the second round of the World Championships.

The Egyptian had missed the first few tournaments of the season through injury, but he showed no signs of that in this match, as he restricted the Pakistani to just 16 points in the entire match.

“I am feeling great. It is my first win of the season since the injury I picked up in the off-season. I am very happy to get my first win, especially because Tayyab is a very tricky player.

“I did not want to play if I was not 100%, so I took my time to make sure I was fine and ready to go. I am so happy to be back and I am just enjoying it again.”

[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)

Clyne Downs Kobayashi To Reach Last 32

Scotland’s Alan Clyne overcame Japan’s World Championship debutant Ryosei Kobayashi in the first round, securing his passage through to the last 32.

The first game was a tricky one for the Scot, who needed a tiebreak to take it, before allowing the Japanese star just five points in the second game.

Kobayashi fought back to win the third game and a comeback looked on, but Clyne re-focussed to take the fourth game, and the match, to book his place in the second round.

“It was a tricky test, but I knew that because I know him from when we both were at Rochester, so I know how talented he is. I only just managed to sneak through in the fourth so I am happy,” Clyne explained.

“When he gets his tail between the legs, he has the momentum and if it had gone to a fifth then it would have been difficult. He was playing some ridiculous shots, some stuff I had never seen before. It was tough out there.”

Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (52m)

Au Downs Harrity To Reach Round 2

Leo Au is into the second round of the Men’s World Championship after a convincing performance in his last 64 clash with United States No.1 Todd Harrity.

The Hong Kong star needed a tie-break in the first game, winning it 16-14, but from there, he was in complete control, with Harrity only able to score ten more points in the match.

“I was happy to get the first game because I was 10-6 down, and I came back to win it. It made the difference” Au admitted.

“I am happy to see Todd come back, but in my mind, I was thinking that he might have not been 100%, but I had to try and ignore that and focus on every point.”

Leo Au (HKG) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 16-14, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)

Marwan ElShorbagy Dispatches Arturo Salazar In Straight Games

Egypt’s World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy is into the second round of the Men’s World Championships after overcoming Mexico’s Arturo Salazar in three games.

‘The Jackal’ controlled the game from start to finish, running out into big leads in all three games, including a 7-0 start in the first. He wrapped up the victory in just 22 minutes to advance to the last 32.

“I feel very good. I thought I played very well from the beginning. I know Arturo can be a very dangerous player and I tried to contain him as much as I could,” ElShorbagy explained.

“I had a good preparation and a good gameplan and it just worked on the day. I know how first rounds are always tricky, so I had to be really sharp from the beginning and it worked really well.”

[9] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (22m)

Mueller Downs Rehman In All-European Battle

Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller is through to the second round after defeating Austria’s Aqeel Rehman in the last 64 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The Swiss No.1 was able to take control of each game in the middle part, taking a run of points in all three to ease to each win. Mueller will move through to the second round in Qatar.

“I am pleased to be in the second round. I knew it was not going to be an easy match. It is his first ever World Champs so I knew he would be hungry,” Mueller said.

“The scores were always even until the middle patch when I managed to get a few points on the run. It is always nice when I was able to score a few points as it helped with my confidence. I was not entirely happy with the way I played, but I am glad to be through.”

Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (33m)

Wildcard Amjad Through After Pajares Forfeits

Home wildcard Syed Azlan Amjad is through to the second round after Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu had to forfeit their last 64 clash in Doha.

The Spaniard had been winning the match 2-1 at the time, but an unfortunate injury to the Qatari, which Pajares accidentally contributed to, meant that the home hope was unable to continue.

As a result, he moves through to the second round, because of the opponent inflicted injury, and therefore by the rules, has to forfeit the match.

[WC] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 2-0 rtd (60m)

Ghosal Wins Indian Battle With Mangaonkar

Saurav Ghosal is through to the second round of the Men’s World Championship after defeating fellow Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar in a tough three-game battle.

The World No.11 took the first two games by the same scoreline, winning them both 11-7, but the third was much tougher as both men had plenty of opportunities to win the deciding game.

Ghosal had several match balls saved, whilst also having to save several game balls, but in the end, he got the job done in the third, winning it 18-16 to round out the match in just under an hour.

“I don’t think I did anything wrong to lose points when I had match ball, or for him to go up game ball. He just played some very good stuff, so all credit to him,” Ghosal said.

“I just had to keep doing what I am capable of and to produce the quality I could. In the end, it was touch and go, and he could have easily won that tie-break. The shot he missed on was one of those that he kept hitting earlier in the match.”

[10] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Mahesh Manganokar (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 18-16 (56m)

Serme Defeats Compatriot Aubert In All-French Affair

Frenchman Lucas Serme made his way into the last 32 in Qatar after coming back from behind to defeat compatriot Benjamin Aubert in the first round.

Aubert, who secured a huge win over Raphael Kandra in Nantes in September, took the first game on a tie-break, but Serme started his comeback with an 11-8 win in the second.

The next two games were much more comfortable for the World No.37, as he restricted Aubert to just eight points across both, going on to seal his place in the second round with a 3-1 victory.

“In the first game, I just opened up the court too much for him, playing too short and offering him too many opportunities on the volley and making wrong choices,” Serme admitted.

“My game plan was to open the physical channel, making the rallies as long as possible and pushing him physically. And although I lost the first game, it went to a tie break and hurt him.”

Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Benjamin Aubert (FRA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (65m)

Waller Downs Simpson In Battle of England

The final match to finish on day one saw Adrian Waller book his place in the second round of the Men’s World Championship, after he defeated countryman Chris Simpson in straight games.

The new England No.1 needed a tie-break to take the first game, and after he eventually did win it 15-13, he was able to take hold of the momentum to go on to victory.

He then took the second game 11-7, before restricting Simpson to just a single point in a dominant display in the third game. Waller moves into the second round and onto the glass court in Doha.

“It is a familiar match playing Chris, because we have played so many times over the years. I knew I would be in for a tough battle, because he never gives up,” Waller said.

“I had to stay focussed throughout the whole match, and even in the third when I had a big lead, I had to stay conscious not to give him anything because he can get into a groove that you struggle to get him out of.”

Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 15-13, 11-7, 11-1 (44m)

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