Doha, November 15, 2014-The fourth edition of PSA World Squash Championship began at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Friday.
Qatar’s Abdullah Al Tamimi suffered a 1-3 defeat against Egypt’s Omar Mosaad.
Former world number one Ramy Ashour hardly broke sweat, barring for a lapse of concentration in the second game, in despatching Malaysian qualifier Ivan Yuen 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 in a late evening match.
France’s Gregory Gaultier survived a nasty first round scare to advance in the World Open squash championship in Doha on Friday.
No top seed has ever lost in the first round, but when the 31-year-old stood 6-6 in the fourth game against Egyptian qualifier Andrew Wagih Shoukry there looked a real possibility it would happen.
Gaultier worked patiently towards safety and to a 6-11 9-11 11-6 11-7 11-3 victory in a mature and considered recovery by the man from Aix-en-Provence.
Defending champion Nick Mathew of England and world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt will be in action in today’s second half of the opening round draw.