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Qatar’s challenge at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender qualifying rounds of WTT Middle East Hub

DOHA: Qatar’s challenge at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender qualifiying rounds of WTT Middle East Hub ended with defeats here at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall on Sunday.

Top Qatari star Ahmed Khalil Al Mohannadi, Ahmed Muthanna and Mohamed Abdulwahab exited in the men’s singles first round.

Canada’s Jeremy Hazin beat Ahmed 3-0 while Muthanna lost to Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng Ting.

Abdulwahab, who and Ahmed represents Qatar Sports Club in the Qatar League, managed to win one game and then fizzled out with a 1-3 defeat against Belgium’s Florent Lambiet.

The rest of the Arab players also had the same fate with an early exit from the inaugural WTT event.

Egyptian Omar Assar went down to Germany’s Walther Ricardo 3-0 while compatriot Muhammad Al Bayley couldn’t stand up to the challenge of his Belarusian opponent Pavel Platonov.

Saudi Arabia’s Ali Al Khadrawi narrowly lost to Russia’s Valéry Sidorin 3-2; another Egyptian Abdulaziz Bochlibi lost to Singapore’s Chew Zhe Yu Clarence 3-0 while Algerian Arab Buryah went down to Russia’s Alexander Shibaev by the same score.

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