Ramy retires in Qatar first round match!

Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11-4, 11-6 (retired) in the 1st round of the Qatar Classic 2011 (photo: SquashSite)

England’s unseeded Tom Richards (pic le) secured a surprise place in the last 16 round of the Qatar Classic after 2nd seed Ramy Ashour (pic ri) conceded their 1st round match in Doha after just 18 minutes. Richards goes on to face Cameron Pilley after the world No16 from Australia saw off India’s world No32 Saurav Ghosal 11-6, 12-10, 11-7. Further 1st round results (bottom half): [4] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (30m); Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 (56m); Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (62m); [7] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2 (63m); [8] David Palmer (AUS) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4 (56m); Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (35m).