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WATCH: 'Kick up the bum' sees North Kessock squash player reach major quarter final for first time at Qatar Classic in Doha


By Will Clark

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Greg Lobban is on the verge of breaking into the top 20 of the world rankings for the first time after reaching the QTerminals Qatar Classic quarter finals.

The North Kessock squash player is in the last eight of the tournament after defeating seventh seed Victor Crounin from France 3-2.

Lobban defeated Crounin 5-11, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 in a 74 minute epic in Doha.

It is the first time that Lobban has reached the quarter finals of a platinum event on the PSA tour.

He says after going 2-1 down, he was delighted to battle back and reach the last eight and will face Joel Makin of Wales tomorrow.

He said "In the third game I lost it but I was playing one really good rally and he would get a quick one.

"I really had to give myself a kick up the bum and tell myself that I am in it and string a few points together rather than switch myself on and off.

"I am so happy to put myself to put in this position to get to a quarter final in one of the biggest tournaments in the world

"It is the first time I have done it after a long time of trying so I am stoked."

Lobban currently ranked 25th in the world, is expected to break into the top 20 of the world rankings after the tournament.

He says if it is confirmed, it will be an ambition realised.

"If that is the case that would be real nice," he said.

"I have always tried to be up there and I thought I could.

"I would have been disappointed if I stopped my career and didn't reach the top 20

"If that is done, that makes me happy and proud of the work I have done."

Lobban, who started his career at Inverness Squash Club, confirmed last month will be joining Heriot Watt University this month as part of a sports scholarship programme.


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