Sunday , 20 May 2018
England's Jaymie Haycocks produced the win of his life when he became the lowest-ranked player to qualify for theQatar PSA World Squash Championship ...

Jaymie Jettisons Grayson In World Qualifying Upset

England’s Jaymie Haycocks produced the win of his life when he became the lowest-ranked player to qualify for theQatar PSA World Squash Championship after upsetting the highest-ranked opponent in today’s qualifying competition for the PSA World Tour’s premier championship in the Qatar capital Doha.

Boasting a $325,000 prize-fund – the second biggest in the sport’s history – the Qatar PSA World Championship is being hosted by Qatar for the third time, following previous stagings in 1998 and 2004, and is being held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

Haycocks, a 29-year-old from Birmingham, is in his seventh year as a member of the PSA and ranked 87 in the world. His opponent Campbell Grayson is a New Zealander whose world ranking at the time of the draw was 50 – just one position below an automatic place in the main draw – but is currently ranked ten places higher.

However, in his first ever meeting with the Kiwi, Haycocks totally disregarded the rankings – and battled for 104 minutes to overcome Grayson 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5 to earn his first appearance in the main draw of the PSA World Championship after only once before trying to qualify, four years ago.

In his career-first appearance in the main draw of any PSA World Series event, Haycocks will line up against unseeded Australian Ryan Cuskelly, the world No33.

Another Englishman also claimed a surprise place in the main draw when Surrey’s Charles Sharpes, ranked 71 in the world, beat Kamran Khan – a Malaysian seeded to win – 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 in 36 minutes.

London-born Sharpes, aged 20, will make his maiden appearance in the championship against fellow Briton Alan Clyne, the top-ranked Scot.

With Haycocks and Sharpes joined by Robbie TempleJoe Lee and Olivier Pett, England boasts five qualifiers in the main draw – but successful qualifying endeavours by Peter CreedAbdullah Al MuzayenKristian Frost Olesen andMark Krajcsak will extend main draw representation by a further four countries.

Creed became the only Welsh representative in the first round after beating higher-ranked Mexican Cesar Salazar 5-11, 10-12, 12-10, 13-11, 11-8 in 75 minutes, while Al Muzayen added sole Kuwait interest following an 11-8, 14-12, 11-8 victory over Frenchman Julien Balbo.

Two Danes were bidding for main draw honours, but only Olesen was successful, beating Austrian hope Aqeel Rehman 14-12, 13-11, 11-4.

And Krajcsak added Hungary to the list of nations represented in the 64-main draw when he overturned Denmark’s Rasmus Nielsen 3-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-7.


RESULTS: Qatar PSA World Championship, Doha, Qatar

Qualifying finals:
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5 (104m)
Shaun le Roux (RSA) bt Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (78m)
Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (62m)
Robbie Temple (ENG) bt Admire Magwaza (ZIM) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (24m)
Olivier Pett (ENG) bt Kim Are Killingberg (NOR) 11-7, 11-3, 11-0 (23m)
Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (38m)
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (68m)
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 5-11, 10-12, 12-10, 13-11, 11-8 (75m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 14-12, 13-11, 11-4 (61m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Yann Perrin (FRA) 3-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (49m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Leo Au (HKG) 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8 (49m)
Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) 3-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-7 (46m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Kamran Khan (MAS) 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)
Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-8, 14-12, 11-8 (40m)

Updated 1st round draw :
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v Chris Ryder (ENG)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
[14] Tom Richards (ENG) v Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[15] Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v Martin Knight (NZL)
[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[16] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Q] Olivier Pett (ENG)
[11] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Olli Tuominen (FIN)
Julian Illingworth (USA) v [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
Simon Rosner (GER) v Siddharth Suchde (IND)
[4] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [Q] Mark Krajcsak (HUN)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [Q] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS)
[9] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Jonathan Kemp (ENG)
[10] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Q] Robbie Temple (ENG)
Max Lee (HKG) v Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY)
[7] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) v [Q] Joe Lee (ENG)
Shahier Razik (CAN) v [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA)
[12] Alister Walker (BOT) v Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)
[13] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
Zac Alexander (AUS) v [Q] Peter Creed (WAL)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

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