After world No.1 Ramy Ashour had to withdrawal Egyptian fellow countryman Amr Shabana (pic le) moved up to No.1 position at the Qatar Classic in Doha. In the opening match he beat Swiss star Nicolas Mueller (pic ri) in straight games (14-12, 11-9, 11-7). All-English game between Adrian Grant and Joey Barrington lasted for 45 minutes before Grant win in four 10-12, 11-2, 11-1, 11-5. 5th seed James Willstrop (ENG) eased through to a straight games win over South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger (11-9, 11-6, 11-5). After Laurens Jan Anjema just took the 1st game in the tiebreak. The next two games became more relaxed for the Dutchman, and finally he overcame Mohd Ali Anwar Reda of Egypt 13-11, 11-7, 11-6.
Qatar main draw started – no surprises so far!