Rosner stuns Gawad as Gautlier storms into quarters

 01 Nov 2017 - 1:37

Rosner stuns Gawad as Gautlier storms into quarters
Germany’s Simon Rösner in action against the defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt during the Qatar Classic 2017 Championship at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha yesterday. Picture: Anvar Sadat

By Armstrong Vas / The Peninsula

Defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt – who has had an up-and-down season – crashed out of the Qatar Classic 2017 Championship, losing to German Simon Rösner in three games to one in the PSA World Series event in Doha.
The World No.2 lost 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9, to Rosner, who is ranked 10 places below him on the PSA ranking computer in the only upset of the day at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in  a match which lasted nearly an hour .
Rosner, will take on Egyptian Marwan El Shorbagy for a place in the semi-finals.
Earlier, top seed Gregory Gaultier of France, along with former World No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt and three-time World champion Nick Matthew of England eased to comfortable wins to book their places in today’s quarter-finals of the tournament.
Completing the last-eight line up is the Egyptian trio of Marwan El Shorbagy, Ali Farag and Tarek Momen, along with Diego Elias of Peru.
Yesterday, World No.1 Gaultier, who is making a comeback after an injury lay off, managed to ward off the threat posed by rising Egyptian talent Zahed Mohamed to record a three-games win and reach the last-eight stage.
The Frenchman used his experience and guile to get out of trouble to win in 47 minutes.
“I came here with no expectations, everybody knows I’ve been injured – I’ll just give whatever I have on the court,” Gaultier said.
“I don’t have the same ease as I did last season, I cannot expect to feel like I did then, I felt like a bomb! The injury interrupted my preparation but you have to deal with it.
In today’s clash, Gaultier will take on Elias for a place in the semis.
The  Peruvian continued his impressive run to notch a straight-games win over in-form Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal and storm into the quarter-finals of the $165m event.
The 20-year-old, who began his Doha campaign with a win over former World No.1 James Willstrop of England, took just 38 minutes to end the challenge of the Indian.
“He beat me twice before and it’s always hard. I prepared well for this. I think I played well, my shots went in and I had a little bit of luck as well with some nicks going in too,” said Elias.  
“I’m really focused on squash right now. I’ve been training hard. I want to get into the top-ten and qualify for the season ending championship in Dubai,” he added.
Elsewhere, two-time Qatar champion Mohamed El Shorbagy came on top in the all-Egyptian clash against Fares Dessouky winning in three straight games and set up a clash with compatriot Farag in the quarter-finals.
The fifth seed from Egypt took just 26 minutes to complete a routine 3-0 win over Leo Au to end the dream run of the qualifier from Hong Kong.
Momen meanwhile managed to do pull out enough reserves of energy at the right time in a testing and demanding roller-coaster 82-minute match with Cameron Pilley of Australia to win the five-game dual and book his first quarter-final spot since 2012.
Momen will square to Matthew in today’s quarters after the Englishman, who faced a few hiccups in the first round, made sure he had none of them in the second round.
The Sheffield man eased to a comfortable 13-11, 11-9, 11-3 straight-games win over Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in 47 minutes.