Day TWO : It’s Tamimi again

Home favourite Abdulla al Tamimi does it again as he advances to the last sizxeen ...

After a hectic opening day which saw two Qatari players progress to the last 32, action focused on the Khalifa Complex glass court as Round Two began with the top half of the draw.

And it was home hero Abdulla al Tamimi who stole the show again with a straight-games win over Mathieu Castagnet – his second French victim in a row – to become the first Qatari to reach the last sixteen.

All the other matches went to seeding as Tarek Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad, Simon Rosner, Diego Elias, Joel Makin, Fares Dessouky and James Willstrop also advanced, sixth seed Elias the only one taken the distance.

Match reports below the results …

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[2] Tarek Momen(Egy) 3-0 Mazen Hesham (Egy)                      11-9, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi
(Qat) 3-0 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)              12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)

[13] Fares Dessouky (Egy) 3-0 Edmon Lopez (Esp)                     11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (23m)
[6] Diego Elias (Per) 3-2 Greg Lobban (Sco)              6-11, 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 (59m)

[5] Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-1 Declan James (Eng)               11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (70m)
[11] Joel Makin (Wal) 3-1 Mohamed ElSherbini (Egy)    11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12 (74m)

James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 Youssef Ibrahim (Egy)                        11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)    10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (44m)


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