Mathieu Castagnet -26- (FRA) def Youssef Soliman -37- (EGY)
Final: 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 (58m)
These two players have met once before, last season in the Quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Club Open. Castagnet won that match in 4-games, after dropping the first 9-11.
2018 Wimbledon Club Open (QF). Mathieu Castagnet 9-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-4 (65m)
Here’s a look at each player’s introduction for the 2018 Qatar Classic Squash Championship…
Youssef Soliman -37- (EGY)
At 21-years-old, he comes into this year’s Qatar Classic with a career-high ranking of World #37, and is already enjoying a fantastic season on the PSA Tour. After starting the new season at the China Open, he went on to reach the championship match at the CAS International in Islamabad, the Semifinals at the Hong Kong FC International, then captured his 8th career title two-weeks-ago at the FMC International in Lahore. A 10-time Finalist on Tour, he is 10-2 since September, and comes into Doha on a 4-match win-streak. Making his Qatar Classic debut – From Egypt, please welcome Youssef Soliman.
Mathieu Castagnet -26- (FRA)
At 31-years-old, this 3-time French Nationals Champion won his 4th PSA Tour title last March at the Wimbledon Club Open. A 10-time Finalist on Tour, he’s been ranked as high as World #6 – and in 2016, reached his first Platinum-level Semifinal at the Tournament of Champions in New York. That season, he finished in the top-8 on the Road to Dubai and made his PSA World Tour Finals debut, where he earned his first career victory over squash legend Nick Matthew. An 8-time Platinum Quarterfinalist, he is competing in his 6th Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From France, please welcome Mathieu Castagnet.
Last year, Mathieu finally won his first match here in Doha, defeating qualifier Alan Clyne in the 1st-Round. In Round-2, he fell to Nick Matthew in 3-games. Castagnet is now 1-5 at the Qatar Classic.