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WTT Star Contender Doha: Qatar’s Ahmed Al Awlaqi fails to make main draw

Mohammad Amin

DOHA: The second day of the WTT Star Contender Doha 2021 qualifiers turned out to be a disappointing one for the Qatari paddlers. 

The final main draw places were decided, but Qatar’s Ala Mohamed and Maha Faramarzi couldn’t find a place after they lost their doubles against Iran’s Neda Shahsavari and Mahshid Ashtari.

Both the Qatari women had lost their singles qualifiers on Monday.

Shahsavari and Ashtari powered through to the round of 16 with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-2) win over their Qatari opponents.

Later in the afternoon, Qatar’s Ahmed Al Awlaqi also crashed out of the qualifying rounds after he lost 4-11, 7-11, 8-11 against Iran’s Amir Hossein.

Meanwhile, Maryam Farei and Shima Safaei was clinical in their 11-6, 11-6, 15-13 against Slovenia’s Ana Tofant and Katarina Strazar to reserve their place in the main draw.

Ema Labosova qualified in the women’s singles Round of 64 after she beat higher-ranked Goi Rui Xuan of Singapore.

Ranked 348th in the ITTF Ranking, Slovakia’s Labosova showed remarkable resilience against the world No. 192 to win 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6.

In the men’s singles, South Korea’s Cho Seungmin beat compatriot Jang Seongil 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-7) while Germany’s Ricardo Walther needed one game more to see off Hong Kong, China’s Ho Kwan Kit (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8).

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