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Qatar Classic 2003, Part 2
Qatar Classic 2003, the Lee Beachill v John White final.

Qatar Classic 2003, the Lee Beachill v John White final.

[9] Lee Beachill [2] bt John White (Sco) 15/12, 15/5, 11/15, 12/15, 15/9 (94m)

Beachill took the first game in just 18 minutes, then supplemented his fine start by outlasting a completely baffled White to go up 2-0, winning the second game 15-5 to give an indication that the match might be over in three games.

However, White relied on his experience to break Beachill's rhythm, using his great reach to extend the rallies and score winners from all corners of the court to push the match into a fifth game.

In the deciding game, both players traded points, but at 7-all Beachill broke away, thanks mainly to deft drop shots against a tiring White. Beachill got the lucky break at 11-9 up when White gifted two points in strokes to see the Englishman put further distance between the them. 13-9 to Beachill soon became 15-9 when White hit an easy return into the tin, giving the Englishman his first Doha triumph.

An ecstatic Beachill said he was going to spend the next week celebrating his memorable win over White.

"I am just relieved having won this prestigious tournament. Everybody knows that the Qatar Classic is the biggest PSA tournament other than the World Open. Every player tries to lift the trophy in Doha. I did it today. My name is there on the trophy now and nobody can take this credit away from me," Beachill said moments after the final point in a match that went the full five games.

"I worked my way to the final with meticulous planning. I knew I had got a tough with tough opponents to beat, but I stuck to my plan of playing attacking squash right throughout the tournament here," said the Englishman, who had world number one Peter Nicol, who Beachill beat in the quarters, in his corner for the match.


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