August has witnessed great achievements for Egyptian squash players. However, Egypt was not the only Arab country whose squash champions stood out at competitions, as Qatari squash champion Abdullah Mohamed Al-Tamimi won the Australian Squash Open 2016, which took place in Melbourne, Australia.
In the tournament’s first round, Al-Tamimi defeated South Korean Daehoon Jeong. Scores were 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, and the final score was 3-0.
Moving to the second round, Al-Tamimi won against Malaysian Mohamed Syafiq Kamal, with scores 11-8, 11-4, 11-3, and the final score 3-0.
Both victories enabled Al-Tamimi to qualify to the quarter-finals. He went on to win the quarter-finals, semifinals, and the final match, all with final scores of 3-1.
In the quarter-final Al-Tamimi beat Indian Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, with scores of 10-12, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7, and the match’s final score 3-1.
Al-Tamimi met Welsh Joel Makin in the semifinals. Makin lost to Al-Tamimi by 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6, and the final score was 3-1.
In the final match, Al-Tamimi surprised the audience by beating New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson by 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, and 11-5. The match’s final score was 3-1.
It seems that August was a fruitful month for sports in Qatar, especially after its high-jumper champion, Mutaz Essa Barshim won the country’s first Olympic silver medal, at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.
Barshim also won bronze at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.