Squash Announcer Andy Taylor | The Voice of the Qatar Classic | Photo: Steve Cubbins
Borja Golan -28- (ESP) def Nathan Lake -56- (ENG)
Match recap from Squash Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the Qatar Classic.
Final: 10-12, 11-2, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (56m)
A Qatar Classic Semifinalist here 5-years-ago, Spanish squash legend Borja Golan is hoping to rekindle the fire he often ignites in Doha.
In 2013, after losing the opening game, Golan came-back to earn his only Tour-level victory over the French General, Gregory Gaultier – catapulting himself into his first career Platinum Semifinal. Both of Borja’s World Championship Quarterfinal runs have also come here in Qatar.
Today’s battle took 5-games against a resurgent Nathan Lake. In their first career meeting, Golan grabbed victory in just under an hour.
Here’s a look at each player’s introduction for today’s Round-1 match…
Borja Golan -28- (ESP)
At 35-years-old, this 16-time Spanish Nationals Champion always plays his best squash here in Doha. In 2013, he reached his first career Platinum-level Semifinal on this court, earning his first career-victory over Gregory Gaultier. His two best results at the PSA World Championship came on this court, where he reached the Quarterfinals in both 2012 and 2014. Ranked as high as World #5, he owns 32 career PSA titles, has reached 43 Finals, and started the new season by capturing his second title at the European Individual Championship. Competing in his 8th Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From Spain, please welcome Spanish Squash Legend – Borja Golan
Spanish Squash Legend Borja Golan has some great memories here in Qatar:
2012 | World Championship. First time reaching the Quarterfinals
2013 | Qatar Classic. First time reaching a Platinum-level Semifinal
2014 | World Championship. Last time reaching the Quarterfinals
Nathan Lake -56- (ENG)
This 26-year-old owns 2 PSA titles, is a 7-time Finalist on Tour; and last October, cracked the PSA’s top-50 for the first time. Earlier this month, he earned his first career Platinum-level main-draw victory, defeating Alan Clyne to reach the 2nd-Round of the US Open. Competing in his 2nd Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From England, please welcome the World #56, Nathan Lake.
▲ Nathan made his Qatar Classic debut last year, and fell in the first round of qualifying to Adrian Waller.