Doha: World No.34 Chris Simpson of England stunned Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema in three games to two at the PSA World Championship to move into the last 16 stage of the $325,000 tournament.
Jan Anjema’s exit was the only upset of the day as all the other seeded players had comfortable passage into the next round.
Making it to the round of 16 were former champions Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour, both from Egypt.
Joining their more illustrious countrymen in the next round were Omar Mosaad and Tarek Momen.
Defending champions Nick Matthew of England who is the running for a hat-trick of world championship titles, having won the last two editions in Holland and Saudi Arabia, also advanced into the next round.
Gregory Gaultier of France and Alister Walker of Botswana won their respective matches yesterday and will see action in today’s pre-quaterer-finals.
Yesterday at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash complex it was Simpson’s day. The Englishman came good in thrilling finale, after losing a 5-0 lead in the fifth.
Simpson, ranked 25 places below Jan Anjema in the world rankings, registered an 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 victory.
The Englishman will take on third seed Gaultier.
Gautlier, who is aiming to win the world Championship for the first time having finished runner-up thrice, got the better of Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia in straight games.
The former world No.1 won 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 in a match which lasted for 50 miniutes.
Egyptian Mosaad powered past Max to reach the last 16 in style and will calsh with Ashour in an all-Egyptian clash today.
Ashour, who won the title once, easily defeated Adrian Grant of England to book a place in the pre-quarter-finals.
Four-time champion Shabana also had it easy, scripting a straight games win over qualifier Joe Lee of England.
Shabana will clash with Walker who defeated Shaun Le Roux of South Africa 11-9, 11-6, 11-5.
Defending champion Matthew lost his first game to Zac Alexander of Australia, but bounced back to win the next three.
Matthew will face Momen in today’s match.