Yuto Muramatsu won in the opening qualifying round today in Doha ©Getty Images

Qualification started today at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender Doha on the opening day of competition at the Lusail Arena in Qatar.

Most matches came in the men's singles, with France's Irvin Bertrand opening competition by defeating Hong Kong's Li Hon Ming 11-5, 11-4, 11-9.

Japan's Yuto Muramatsu is through to the second qualifying round following a 12-10, 11-7, 14-12 victory over Peter Hribar of Slovenia.

Muramatsu's compatriot Yuto Kizukuri won 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 against Afghanistan's Behrooz Daneshmand.

Chinese Taipei's Huang Yan-Cheng also won in straight games against Layan Neumann of Mexico 11-2, 11-6, 11-7, and France's Bastien Rembert won 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 against the United States' Mishel Levinski.

Singapore's Beh Kun Ting defeated Mustafa Bakhtiyari of Afghanistan 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 to progress, and his team-mate Lucas Tan won a five-game thriller 6-11, 2-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 over Feng Yi-Hsin of Chinese Taipei.

Fanbo Meng of Germany won 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 against Iran's Amin Ahmadian; Japan's Hiroto Shinozuka won 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 against Russian Sadi Ismailov; and Chinese Taipei's Sun Chia-Hung won 13-11, 11-9, 11-4 against Mohammad Hosseini of Afghanistan.

Hong Kong's Ng Pak Nam won by walkover against Egyptian Ebrahim Abdulhakim Gubran and Josh Shao Han Chua of Singapore defeated Iranian Mohammadali Rouintanesfahani 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6.

In the women's singles, Singapore's Zhang Wanling defeated Shima Safaei 11-4, 5-11, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10, and her compatriot Zhou Jingyi won in five games against another Iranian, Maryam Farei, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.

Slovakian Ema Labosova won 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 against Hong Kong's Lam Yee Lok; Mahshid Ashtari of Iran won 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 against Qatari Maha Faramarzi; and Reeth Tennison of India won 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in her tie with Shouq Abdulla.

To close out the women's qualification, Prithika Pavade of France demolished Ala Mohamed of Qatar 11-4, 11-1, 11-2, Slovenia's Katarina Strazar won 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 against Qatar's Maryam Ali, and Melika Karimi of Iran secured safe passage thanks to a 11-1, 11-4, 11-5 victory against Qatar's Maha Ali.

There were three qualifying matches in the men's doubles too.

Ricardo Walther and Fanbo Meng of Germany won 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 against Jang Woo-jin and Jang Seon-gil.

Singapore's Zhe Yu Clarence Chew and Kun Ting Beh progressed by beating Mustafa Bakhtiyari and Mohammad Hosseini of Afghanistan 11-6. 11-4. 11-9.

Finally, Belgium's Cedric Nuytinck and Slovenia's Bojan Tokic won 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 against Iran's Amin Ahmadian and Amir Hossein Hodaei.

Qualifying continues in the event tomorrow, with the main draw commencing on Wednesday (September 22).