Peru’s World No.7 Diego Elias has reached the last 16 of the Qatar Classic after defeating home hope Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 in Doha.
The Peruvian had never got the better of Al Tamimi in their previous three meetings, however, that luck changed today with too many tins in the first game from the Qatari player rewarding a patient Elias to allow him to take the first game.
Elias was much more comfortable in the second finding his accuracy and length well to quickly double his advantage with Al Tamimi struggling with his movement.
It all went wrong for Al Tamimi on his home court in the third after he slipped whilst retrieving the ball in the front left and required physio treatment. He came back onto court to see out the match, but it was simple for Elias to close out with Al Tamimi unable to move position due to a hamstring strain.
Elias will face Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez for a place in the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum event.
“We’ve played all of our lives,” said Elias following the match.
“I think the first time we played I was 14 and he was 16. We played a couple of times in juniors and he beat me there also, it’s the first time I’ve beat him here. He is really hard to play, he has so many different shots from the front and I never know what he’s going to do. It’s really hard for me, we’re really good friends too, so I’m really sad for what happened and I hope he has a quick recovery.
“With Miguel, we’ve played four times in PSA but maybe 35 times in South American tournaments and Pan American tournaments. I’ve only beat him once in like 30 times, so it’s always a really tough match. I’ve been watching him since I started playing, so I’m really looking forward to that match and I’m feeling good.”
 Diego Elias (PER) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (43m)