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Miguel Rodriguez

Men’s Worlds: Rodriguez Survives Soliman Battle

Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez survived a 73-minute battle against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman as he claimed an 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 victory to reach the last 32.

The 33-year-old from Bogota has endured a slow start to the season after suffering a calf injury during the U.S. Open earlier this month, before suffering a shock second defeat to France’s Baptiste Masotti in round two of the Egyptian Open to miss out on a chance of appearing in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.

The World No.9 was again put to the test against a lower-ranked opponent as World No.40 Soliman fought back from a game down in an attritional affair.

The longer rallies seemed to suit the Egyptian, but Rodriguez had the killer touch when needed as he closed out the win by an 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 margin.

Rodriguez will play Scotland’s Alan Clyne in the last 32 as he aims to become the first South American to win a World Championship title. The pair also met in the last 32 of the previous World Championship, with Rodriguez prevailing.

“It was a tough first round, I’ve never played him before on the PSA World Tour, only in an exhibition match,” Rodriguez said.

“I knew I had to be on my toes and had to be focused. I’m just happy to perform on court and to run and get the balls. I had a tough week in Cairo, but I’m proceeding to the next round and I feel terrific being in Qatar, it’s one of my best tournaments on the tour, and I’m so happy I got the victory today.

“I recovered very quickly from my injury, and I’m glad that I can be on court and run and play. It’s such a tough sport and you have to be 100 per cent to play any of these guys on the tour.

“It will be another great match and a tough battle [against Clyne], you can’t think that it will be an easy match. All of the players are training hard to compete, especially at this tournament.”

[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 (73m)

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