and Shahid Zaman both lost in final qualifying action at the World Open
in Qatar today, leaving the open without a single Pakistani player in
the main draw for 2004.
Survives Qualifying Marathon In Qatar
Alex Gough survived an 80-minute marathon against England's Joey Barrington
- including a tie-break which went to 10-8 - to earn a place in the first
round of the Qatar Men's World Open Squash Championship, which gets underway
tomorrow (Sunday) in the Qatar capital Doha.
11-10 8-11 11-6 11-6 and is now drawn to meet Egypt's 15th seed Omar Elborolossy.
Two other Egyptians made it through the qualifying finals - Mohamed Essam
A Hafiz and Wael El Hindi. Hafiz needed more than an hour to overcome
England's Peter Barker 11-9 10-11 11-7 11-10 while his compatriot twice
had to come from behind before conquering France's Stephane Galifi 10-11
11-2 9-11 11-10 11-9 in 68 minutes.
Hafiz now faces
England's third seed Peter Nicol, a former champion, while El Hindi takes
on fellow countryman Mohammed Abbas, the 16th seed.
Results, Nov 27 2004, Doha Qatar:
Alex Gough (WAL) def Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-10 (10-8),
8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (80m)
Tommy Berden (NL) def Alister Walker (ENG) 5-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) def Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (24m)
Mohamed Essam A Hafiz (EGY) def Peter Barker (ENG) 11-9, 10-11(3-1), 11-7,
Rodney Durbach (RSA) def Hisham Ashour (EGY) 11-10(2-0), 11-8, 11-7 (36m)
Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) def Laurens Jan Anjema (NL) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
Bradley Ball (ENG) def Shahid Zaman (PAK) 11-5, 10-11(1-3), 11-8, 11-3
Wael El Hindi (EGY) def Stephane Galifi (FRA) 10-11(0-2), 11-2, 9-11,
11-10(3-1), 11-9 (68m)
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