Tsz Fung Yip -27- (HKG) def [WC] Syed Azlan Amjad -150- (QAT)
Round-1 Final: 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (23m)
Tsz Fung Yip launched the 2018 Qatar Classic Squash Championship with a a 23-minute victory over Qatari Wild Card Syed Azlan Amjad on Saturday. It was the first tour-level meeting between the two. They had played once before, at the 2016 Asian Team Championship. Tsz Fung Yip won that match in 3-games.
2016 Asian Team Championship. Tsz Fung Yip 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
With the victory, Yip is through to the 2nd-Round of the Qatar Classic for the first time. And it doesn’t get any easier from here. Tomorrow, he’s up against the World #1 and defending Qatar Classic Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy. It will be his first stab against the reigning World Champion, but Yip has proven he can take-down the sport’s elite. Yip won his 5th career title at last season’s Macau Open, defeating former World #3 Omar Mosaad in the championship match. Of course, the Beast of Alexandria is a completely different animal.
Here’s a look at each player’s introduction for today’s Round-1 match…
[WC] Syed Azlan Amjad -150- (QAT)
This 22-year-old Wild Card from Qatar is competing in the main-draw of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time. Last June, he reached his 6th career tour-level Quarterfinal at the Circuit II Pakistan International in Lahore; and in August, earned a 1st-Round win at the Asian Games in Jakarta. At the Asian Games Team Championship, he earned two victories over Thailand and Indonesia to help lift Qatar to a 4th place finish in its pool of six nations. Competing in his 4th Qatar Classic, and making his main draw debut – From Doha, please welcome Syed Azlan Amjad.
Tsz Fung Yip -27- (HKG)
Last season, this 25-year-old captured his 5th PSA World Tour title at the Macau Open, defeating the “Hammer of Thor” Omar Mossad in the championship match. 3-months later, he reached his 12th tour-level Final at the Malaysian Open, and climbed to a career-high ranking of World #25. So far this season, he earned Silver at the Asian Games Team Championship, reached the Final of the World University Championship, then the Semifinals of the Hong Kong FC International; and 2-weeks-ago at the US Open, reached the 2nd-Round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the fourth time. Competing in his 3rd Qatar Classic Squash Champsionship – From Hong Kong, please welcome Tsz Fung Yip.