Siddharth’s best performance in a Super Series event

Enters 2nd round of Qatar Classic

Ten days after winning the US Open, Egypt’s Amr Shabana suffered one of the biggest shocks of his illustrious career when he went down in straight games to unseeded Swiss opponent Nicolas Mueller in today’s first round of the Qatar Classic, the sixth PSA World Series squash event of the year at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha.

Siddharth Suchde delivered a second upset of the day to put out Egypt’s Mohd Ali Anwar Reda. After taking a two-game lead, the Indian qualifier looked set for a straight games win – but although Reda fought back to take the third, Suchde was unstoppable in the fourth to win 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-1.

“It’s quite tough to come from the qualification, you have no easy matches nowadays,” said the delighted 26-year-old from Mumbai. “And then, you’ve got to adapt from the traditional court to the glass court. But the good thing is you’ve got no pressure on you at all.”

Suchde’s next opponent will be France’s sixth seed Gregory Gaultier, who was in no mood to allow another upset, dismissing 18-year-old Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Abouelghar 11-8, 11-3, 11-4.

RESULTS: PSA World Series Qatar Classic, Doha, Qatar

1st round (top half of draw):
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (38m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 15-13, 11-8, 11-5 (47m)
[Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-1 (64m)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (31m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [5] Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (30m)
Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 4-1 ret.
[3] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Kamran Khan (MAS) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (20m)

Qualifying finals:

Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 (57m)

1st qualifying round:

Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Leo Au (HKG) 11-7, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 (62m)
Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 (54m)

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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