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QSF 3 RD2: Romiglio and Evans Cause Second Round Upsets

Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio continued his impressive run going at the QSF 3 in Doha, Qatar, as he downed a higher-seeded player for the second day in succession, with Welshman Emyr Evans also taking out a seed to reach the last eight of the competition.

The Challenger 20 level tournament, which is being held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in the Qatari capital, saw the seeded players come into the draw on Saturday, but two of those fell by the wayside in their opening match of the event.

Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio put pay to one of those, just 24 hours after having already exceeding his seeding expectation. He got the better of No.5 sed Muhammad Asim Khan in the second round, winning in four games. The Argentinian, who featured at the PSA World Championships after winning the Val de Reuil Normandie earlier this year, won the first two games comfortably, and after losing the third, he regrouped to win the fourth and claim the match. He will now face top seed Karim El Hammamy in the quarter finals.

The other man to cause a seeding upset on the second day of the competition was Welshman Emyr Evans, who overcame No.8 seed Mohammad Syafiq Kamal in straight games. It was not easy for the World No.97, who took each game by a score line of 11-8, to book his spot in the last eight, where he will play home favourite, and No.3 seed, Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

Al Tamimi had to fight to make his way into the quarter finals on home soil at the Khalifa International Complex, coming from behind twice in his match-up with England’s Charlie Lee. The Qatari No.1 lost both the first and third games of the match, but fought back to level on both occasions, before going on to win the fifth game 11-5 to advance to the last eight.

In the bottom half of the draw, all the seeded players were victorious, with Egypt’s Mazen Gamal and Yahya Elnawasany setting up a quarter final contest. No.2 seed Leonel Cardenas took down Hungary’s Balazs Farkas in the longest match of the day, winning 3-1 in 70 minutes. He will now face Portuguese No.1, and the No.7 seed, Rui Soares in the last eight.

The quarter finals of the QSF 3 will take place on Sunday, May 22 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, with the last eight aiming to reach the semis of the Challenger 20 level tournament.

Second Round Results: QSF 3
[1] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-1: 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-2 (53m)
Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt [5] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5 (49m)
Emyr Evans (WAL) bt [8] Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 (64m)
[4] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) bt Noor Zaman (PAK) 3-1: 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 12-10 (38m)
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (42m)
[7] Rui Soares (POR) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 (39m)
[2] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) bt Balazs Farkas (HUN) 3-1: 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (70m)

Quarter Finals Draw: To Be Played Sunday, May 22
[1] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
Emyr Evans (WAL) v [3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
[4] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) v [6] Mazen Gamal (EGY)
[7] Rui Soares (POR) v [2] Leonel Cardenas (MEX)

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