The last 4 matches of the 1st round didn’t show three tough encounters and the easy going of No.1 seed Nick Matthew (ENG) who ruled Qatar wild card Ahmad Mohd Al-Tamimi 21 minutes long (11-2, 11-3, 11-3). Australian Cameron Pilley came back from one game down to beet Borja Golan, qualifier from Spain in 4 games (9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3). Daryl Selby (pic), 8th seed from England, had to fight all the way trough to beat Finland’s Olli Tuominen (FIN) after 79 minutes (11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8). In the all-English match, the last one of today, 15th seed Alister Walker was taken to the full distance by compatriot Tom Richards (6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6).
Qatar’s first round has been completed!