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Tamimi carries Qatar’s hopes at World Squash

World No 2 Mohammed El Shorbagy leads the list of world’s top players who will battle for honours in Doha.
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The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex will host the PSA Men’s World Squash Championship from Friday. Photo: Qatar Squash Federation

Qatar’s Abdullah Al Tamimi might be World No 47 going into the PSA (Professional Squash Association) Men’s World Championship starting on Friday, but his performances of late and his eagerness to do well at home could see him startle some big names over the next few days.

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Qatar’s Abdullah Al Tamimi has produced some impressive performances this season. Photo: Qatar Squash Federation

SEEDINGS

  • 1. Mohammed El Shorbagy (Egypt)
  • 2. Tarek Momen (Egypt)
  • 3. Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt)
  • 4. Paul Coll (New Zealand)
  • 5. Simon Rosner (Germany)
  • 6. Diego Elias (Peru)
  • 7. Mohammed Abouelhgar (Egypt)
  • 8. Miguel Rodriguez (Colombia)
  • 9. Marwan El Shorbagy (Egypt)
  • 10. Saurav Ghosal (India)

Just last month at the US Open in Philadelphia, Tamimi almost toppled World No 3 Tarek Momen of Egypt, going down 2-3 in round 2. His comeback despite losing two games in a row gave a glimpse of his capabilities. And this ability to unleash a surprise against his opponents – fancied or not – is what makes him dangerous.

The field for the World Championship features most of the top players in the world and as such, Tamimi may not have it easy, but he is sure to create a ripple or two. Tamimi’s opening match on Friday, at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, is against France’s Gregoire Marche who is 14th in the PSA rankings.

Barring Ali Farag, the World No 1, who had to pull out of the tournament due to a bereavement in his family, the rest of the top 10 in the world are in Doha.

Among them, Egypt’s Mohammed El Shorbagy, the world number 2 but seeded No 1, will surely be the cynosure. He has one World Championship title against his name, in 2017 in Manchester. He was also a finalist in the previous two World Championships that Qatar conducted in 2012 and 2014, on both occasions going down to former World No 1 and his compatriot Ramy Ashour. He would like to set that record straight this year. Shorbagy is pitted against France’s Victor Crouin ranked No 55, in his first match.