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Four Pakistan players reach second round

Updated September 11, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Players in action during the main round of CAS International Squash Tournament at the Mushaf Squash Complex on Monday.—APP
ISLAMABAD: Players in action during the main round of CAS International Squash Tournament at the Mushaf Squash Complex on Monday.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistan players moved into the second round Serena Hotels Chief of Air Staff International Championship which kicked off here at the Mushaf Squash Complex on Monday.

In the men’s category, Tayyab Aslam, Ahsan Ayaz, Farhan Mehboob and Asim Khan won their respective matches while Amna Fayyaz, Faiza Zafar, Moqaddas Ashraf, Zohab Kamal, Madina Zafar and Riffat Khan also registered victories to progress into the next round.

Pakistan’s former number one, Amir Atlas Khan, who was playing on home soil after almost four years, was forced to abandon his match against Ahsan after getting his hamstring injured.

Ahsan convincingly outclassed veteran Khan in the first two sets with 11-5, 11-6. Before his injury, Khan was leading by three points.

Tayyab, after a nail-biting five-set game which lasted for 83 minutes, defeated Shahjahan Khan. After facing defeat in the first two sets 12-10, 11-5, Shahjahan hit back to win the next two sets.

However, Tayyab fought his way out of danger to win the decider 16-14.

Asim took just 45 minutes to beat Amaad Fareed in straight three sets 12-10, 11-6, 11-6.

Pakistan’s Abbas Zeb gave good fight to senior Egyptian player Ahmed Hosney. After a tough fight in five sets, ultimately Ahmed Hoseny won the game.

The CAS men’s championship carries a bumper cash prize of US$ 30,000 while the women championship offers US$10,000 as prize money.

Foreign players from different countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Egypt and Netherlands are participating in events.

Results:

Men’s: Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Sajad Zareian Jahromi (IRI) 15-13, 11-6, 11-5 (3-1); Ahmed Hosney (EGY) bt Abbas Zeb (PAK) 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (3-2); Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt Shahjahan Khan (PAK) 12-10, 11-5, 13-15, 4-11, 16-14 (3-2); Asim Khan (PAK) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 12-10, 11-6, 11-6; Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (3-0); Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-5, 11-6, 6-9; Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (3-0); Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Israr Ahmed (PAK) 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (3-1).

Women’s: Anantana Pasertratanakul (THI) Noor Ul Huda (PAK) 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-2 (3-1); Amna Fayyaz (PAK) bt Rushna Mehboob (PAK) 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-4 (3-1); Farida Momen (EGY) Beat Saima Shaukat (PAK) 11-1, 11-2, 11-6 (3-0); Moqaddas Ashraf (PAK) bt Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (3-0); Zoya Khalid (PAK) bt Laiba Ahmed (PAK) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (3-0); Zahab Kamal (PAK) bt Fehmina Asim (PAK) 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 (3-1); Riffat Khan (PAK) bt Komal Khan (PAK) 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (3-0).

Published in Dawn, September 11th, 2018