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Pajares Takes out Home Favourite Al Tamimi in Qatar

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Spanish qualifier Iker Pajares Bernabeu scored one of the biggest scalps of his career so far by producing a superb comeback to dispatch Qatari No.1 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the opening round of the Qatar Circuit II, PSA M15 event.

It looked bleak at one point for World No.145 Pajares, who found himself 2-0 down to an opponent ranked 80 places above him. However, a titanic third game which went in the Spaniard’s favour resulted in a huge momentum swing and Pajares continued his fightback with aplomb, eventually prevailing courtesy of a hard-fought 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 victory.

His reward is a meeting with number three seed Danish Atlas Khan in the quarter-final after the Pakistani also required five games to make it past Ammar Altamimi.

The day’s other five-game-thriller saw experienced Egyptian Mazen Gamal bow out at the hands of Abdullah Al Muzayen who moves on to face Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen for a place in the semi-final after Yuen defeated compatriot Addeen Idrakie.

Elsewhere, World Junior Championship runner-up Youssef Soliman benefitted from an injury to Khawaja Adil Maqbool to advance to the last eight where he has a difficult tie in store against fellow Egyptian and number one seed Omar Abdel Meguid who swept aside wildcard Syed Azlan Amjad.

Martin Knight and Jens Schoor will go head-to-head in the other quarter-final fixture after they managed wins over Edmon Lopez Moller and Robert Downer, respectively.

Results – First Round: Qatar Circuit II 2015
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [WC] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (21m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [8] Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 2-0: 11-8, 3-0 ret.
[Q] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (52m)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 3-2: 11-5, 4-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5 (57m)
[4] Martin Knight (NZL) bt [Q] Edmon Lopez Moller (ESP) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 14-12 (77m)
[5] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Robert Downer (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)
[Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [7] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 (78m)
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 (43m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[Q] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v [3] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK)
[4] Martin Knight (NZL) v [5] Jens Schoor (GER)
[Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) v [2] Ivan Yuen (MAS)

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