Karim Ali Fathi -45- (EGY) def Gregoire Marche -31- (FRA)
11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (37m)
This was the 4th meeting between these two players. All of their matches have taken place on the PSA Platinum level. Karim Ali Fathi won their first two matches during Windy City Open qualifying in 2014 and 2017. Before today, Gregoire Marche won their most recent clash in the qualifying round of the 2017 British Open.
Mar 2017 British Open [Q]. Gregoire Marche 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (50m)
Mar 2017 Windy City Open [Q]. Karim Ali Fathi 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 (61m)
Mar 2014 Windy City Open [Q]. Karim Ali Fathi 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (73m)
Here’s a look at each player’s introduction for the 2018 Qatar Classic Squash Championship…
Karim Ali Fathi -45- (EGY)
This 25-year-old owns 10 PSA titles, has been ranked as high as World #33, and has reached the Final-16 of the PSA World Championship twice, in 2015 and 2016. Last year, he played through qualifying and reached the main-draw of the Qatar Classic for the first time. He earned his first Platinum-level main draw victory at the 2013 Kuwait Cup, where he upset World #14 Miguel Angel Rodriguez to reach the 2nd-Round. A 17-time Finalist on the PSA World Tour, he reached one of those Finals right here in Doha at the 2016 Qatar Circuit-3 Championship. Competing in his 3rd Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From Egypt, please welcome the World #45, Karim Ali Fathi
Last year, Karim came into Doha with a career-high ranking of World #33 and blasted through qualifying to reach the main draw for the first time. Ali Farag ended his run in the 1st-Round. Since his first Platinum appearance in 2009, Ali-Fathi owns 2 career Platinum-level main draw victories:
2017: El Gouna – def World #30 Saurav Ghosal 5-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (71m)
2013: Kuwait – def World #14 Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4 (68m)
Gregoire Marche -31- (FRA)
2-years-ago, this 28-year-old enjoyed a career-best Platinum run right here at the Qatar Classic, upsetting World #9 Tarek Momen to reach the Quarterfinals of a PSA Platinum-level event for the first time. Just a month prior, he earned one of the biggest wins of his career, upsetting World #2 Nick Matthew in the 1st-Round of the 2016 NetSuite Open. He now owns 7 PSA titles. Has reached 9 career Finals. And has been ranked as high as World #21. French National Champion in 2014 and reigning World Games Silver Medalist, he’s helped lift France to the title-round of the European Team Championships for 8 consecutive years, capturing the title in 2015 and 2017. Competing in his 5th Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From France, please welcome 2016 Quarterfinalist and the #31 Player in the World, Gregoire Marche.