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Raphael Kandra celebrates his second round win

Qatar Classic Day Two Side Courts: As It Happens

For the opening two days, there will be side court action, with seven matches taking place across Courts 1 and 2 on the second day, with places in the last 16 of the Qatar QTerminals Classic up for grabs.

Due to the withdrawal of Egypt's Mohamed ElSherbini from the event due to a fractured rib, his second round opponent, England's Adrian Waller, will receive a walkover into the last 16. As a result, there will only be three matches on Court 1 today.

You can watch all the action from the traditional courts on the first two days will be shown live and for free on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Court 1
(All times local – GMT +3)
12:00 Raphael Kandra (GER) v Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
12:45 Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v [8] Joel Makin (WAL)
14:15 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v George Parker (ENG)

Watch all the action from Court 1 right here.

Court 2
(All times local – GMT +3)
12:00 Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
12:45 Youssef Soliman (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
13:30 Lucas Serme (FRA) v Tom Richards (ENG)
14:15 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Baptiste Masotti (FRA)

Watch all the action from Court 2 right here.

Kandra and Marche Through To Third Round

Germany’s Raphael Kandra and Frenchman Gregoire Marche were the first tow men to take victories on the side courts on day two of the Qatar QTerminals Classic in Doha.

Kandra came up against India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar, and he had to recover from a deficit in the fourth before coming back to take the victory and book his place in the last 16.

The German, whose best result at a major tournament was his semi-final appearance at the 2018 British Open, took the first game of his second round contest in Doha, but then found himself 2-1 and 6-3 down.

However, a couple of long rallies got to the legs of the Indian, and Kandra was able to fight his way back by taking the fourth. He then had complete control of the fifth, winning it 11-4 to secure his third round spot.

“I needed to push myself through that. Mahesh gave me such a hard time on court today, he was playing with such quality, especially to the back of the court and whenever he had the opportunity, he was attacking,” the German No.1 said.

“Somehow, I never had the feeling that I got into the match but I was just fighting through. The mental aspect was big in that match. I think I was 6-3 down in the fourth and I manage to win that, and then had the momentum on my side.

“It was not my best match but this is how it is. Those guys are all so strong, so tough to beat, and I think I will have the winner of Borja [Golan] and Marwan [ElShorbagy] tomorrow, and I look forward to it!”

In the opening match on Court 2, Gregoire Marche won an all-French battle against compatriot Sebastien Bonmalais to put himself into the third round.

Gregoire Marche (blue) shakes hands with Sebastien Bonmalais (grey)

Although the scoreline says 3-0, it was much tougher than that, with Marche only pulling away at the latter end of each game. His victory sees him move into the last 16, where he will face either Peru’s Diego Elias or Englishman Declan James.

“We know each other very well, we train with each other every day so there was no surprises. Seb is coming up the rankings and played really well in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago,” Marche said.

“He is way more solid than a year ago so there were no cheap points and I had to dig deep to win the rallies. It says 3-0 but I had to start from the beginning in every game because I had to make him work in the first few rallies.

“I know them [Diego Elias and Declan James] as well, and I hope they will have a big battle. Dec feels like he is playing a bit better so it will be interesting. I will just recover and try my best tomorrow!”

Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 (59m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (47m)

Makin and Soliman Book Last 16 Spots

Welshman Joel Makin and Egypt’s Youssef Soliman are through to the third round at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha after differing victories.

The World No.9 took on Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the second round, his first match of the tournament. It was a lengthy encounter, lasting 55 minutes, but Makin won through in three games.

Joel Makin (red) in action in his second round match

He took the first on a tie-break, which was key for the momentum in the match, but all three games were tight. He won out 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 to secure his third round berth.

“I struggled with the courts a little bit, I didn’t get the weight of length I wanted and with the front wall being so fast, it took me off the volley a little bit, but he adjusted well,” Makin said.

“When I took him in straight, he was getting on it and hitting hard across me, which was getting the reward. I took a while to adjust to that and then I tried to put some work into his legs which paid off.

“If you get that 1-0 lead, it makes it such a hard thing to do for him to then win another three 25-minute games. It definitely helped to win that first.”

Meanwhile, an all-Egyptian clash between Omar Mosaad and Youssef Soliman went the way of the latter, who sits one place above the ‘Hammer of Thor’ in the World Rankings.

It was a match that went the distance after going back and forth, with both men holding an advantage at some point. Soliman took the first 11-2, but then found himself 2-1 down.

However, the World No.19 battled his way back into the contest and went on to win the match 3-2, securing his spot in the last 16 of the Qatar QTerminals Classic.

“I knew it was going to be tough as Omar is trying to get back to where he has been in the rankings. We are very close and it was always going to be a battle,” Soliman said.

“I expected to be in front and trying to get him moving, but the front wall is so fas on these courts that he was the one making me move, so it was so tough.”

[8] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (55m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 11-2, 6-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-8 (66m)

Hesham Downs Parker, Richards Gets Qatar Revenge Over Serme

Egypt’s Mazen Hesham and England’s Tom Richards have made their way through to the third round of the Qatar QTerminals Classic after getting the better of George Parker and Lucas Serme, respectively.

The Egyptian took on England’s George Parker in his first match of the competition, and he needed just 25 minutes to overcome his opponent, who had gone through a brutal five-gamer on day one.

Mazen Hesham (green) in action

Hesham, who is back at his career-high of World No.13, was in complete control throughout against a weary Parker, winning in straight games to book his place in the last 16 of the competition, where he will face a fellow Egyptian, in either top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy or Youssef Ibrahim.

“I think George is not the same as he has been the last few tournaments, I think he is trying something new. It might work out later on but I was really happy today to get through. He is physical and very athletic,” Hesham said.

I am really happy to get a good win against him as I lost the last time, back in the days where I was injured. I am really happy to be through to the third round and I am more relaxed, and happy to be playing again. I feel even better on court, more happy, smiling more.

“They will be the priority [Mohamed ElShorbagy and Youssef Ibrahim], as you have to see who you will bye playing and all that! I will try the court as well myself later, but there are other good matches as well that I am looking forward to watching!”

Meanwhile, England’s Tom Richards got his revenge over Lucas Serme in Doha, having lost to the Frenchman at the same stage of the competition twelve months earlier.

He took the first on a tie-break, before then securing the second 11-8 to hold a comfortable advantage in the match. The Englishman then had to stop a fight back in the fourth after Serme had made it 2-1.

Richards was 7-3 up but the Frenchman came back to tie the fourth game at 7-7, before the World No.41 eventually got over the line after 54 minutes of action. He will now face either compatriot James Willstrop or World No.4 Tarek Momen in the third round.

“Really happy to get through. It is always tough against Lucas, it is probably 50/50 between us. We come off court knowing we have both given our all and I was hanging on at the end of that fourth, to be honest,” the Englishman said.

“It is more a feeling of relief at the moment. I have had two good matches here and I have proved to myself that I am back to where I want to where I want to be, so yeah, I am happy to be through.

“It is great to play either of those players [Tarek Momen and James Willstrop]. Jimbo is obviously a rich vein of form, but then Tarek is obviously Tarek! That will be a fantastic match and I will have nothing to lose, whoever I play.”

Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (25m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9 (54m)

Masotti Into Round Three

In the last side court match of this year’s Qatar QTerminals Classic, Frenchman Baptiste Masotti got the better of Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller to book his place in the third round.

Baptiste Masotti celebrates his win over Nicolas Mueller

It was very much a match of three parts, with Masotti winning both the first and third games with ease, while the second went deep into a tie-break, which the Frenchman was able to sneak.

He took the first game 11-2, and then had game balls in the second, only for Mueller to save them before sending into a tie-break. However, the Frenchman took it 14-12, before dropping just a single point in the third game.

“He is a good friend of mine so it is always hard to play a good friend. In the beginning, I was very sharp and he was not in the game so I knew in the second it would be tougher,” he explained.

“He came back with better quality in his game, better shots, and he was screaming and fist pumping. I knew the game could change in both ways, and I had two game balls but he defended them well.

“He then had one opportunity to take the game and at the end I think the second was very crucial, because I think it killed him. I knew I needed to be tough in the third game. I am moving well and I am very happy, feeling more confident as well.”

Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI): 11-2, 14-12, 11-1 (26m)

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