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Amir, unseeded Abdullah reach squash semi-finals

October 18, 2012

KARACHI, Oct 18: Unseeded Abdullah Bashir of Punjab continued his brilliant run while making his way into the boys’ under-19 semi-finals of the sixth DG Rangers Sindh international junior open squash championship at the Sindh Rangers Jahangir Khan Complex here on Thursday.

Abdullah, who the other day eliminated fourth seed Kashif Asif, recovered from two games down to turn the tables on province-mate Salman Hashmi in a thrilling battle 7-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 to join top three in the semis.

Top seed Mohammad Amir Farhan bin Impandir from Malaysia inflicted a 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 defeat on Babrak Khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Second seed Asim Khan was quick to win 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 against Hamza Imtiaz in an all-Punjab clash while third seed Abbas Shaukat (PAF) prevailed over department mate Ismail Rauf 12-10, 11-8, 11-5.

Meanwhile, top seeds including three Malaysians completed the quartet in the boys’ under-17.

Fourth seed Ahsan Ayaz of the PAF lived up to his billing while overcoming unseeded Andrew Lee Jia Hao (Malaysia) in a marathon battle that went to full distance. His 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 triumph avoided an all-Malaysian semi-finals.

Meanwhile, two seeded players made their exit in the girls’ under-19 quarter-finals. Outsider Saadia Gul pulled off the biggest upset when she shocked top seed Zahab Kamal Khan 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 while fourth seed Habiba Khan retired hurt after conceding the two games 7-11, 6-11 to Amna Latif.

Sri Lanaka’s second seed Fathmous Issadeen advanced into last four by getting the better of Kainat Liaquat (Punjab) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.

Results: Quarter-finals: Boys’ under-19: Mohammad Amir Farhan bin Impandir (Malaysia) bt Babrak Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 13-11, 11-8, 11-8; Abdullah Bashir (Punjab) bt Salman Hashmi (Punjab) 7-11, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7; Abbas Shaukat (PAF) bt Ismail Rauf (PAF) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5; Asim Khan (Punjab) bt Hamza Imtiaz (Punjab) 11-4, 11-8, 11-2.

Boys’ under-17: Darren Chan Ti Lunn (Malaysia) bt Arbab Aaizaz (PAF) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5; Kwan Ka Laap (Malaysia) bt Ahmed Ali (Punjab) 14-12, 11-5, 13-11; Ahsan Ayaz (PAF) bt Andrew Lee Jia Hao (Malaysia) 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9; Al Nick Ally Bin Abd Rahim (Malaysia) bt Waqar Younus (Punjab) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5.

Boys’ under-15: Faizan Khan (PAF) bt Usmar Hassan (Punjab) 7-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5; Ali Karamat (HITEC) bt Mujtaba Raza (Sindh) 11-9, 11-2, 8-11, 11-2; Mansoor Zaman (HITEC) bt M. Salman Gilani (HITEC) 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 14-12; Sumaid Rasheed (Punjab) bt Mahid Ameen 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7.

Boys’ under-13: Abbas Zaib (PAF) bt Aun Abbas (Punajb) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5; Darosham Khan (Canada) bt Khizar Qasim (Punjab) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5; Zeeshan Zeb (PAF) bt M. Junaid (Punjab) 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6; Uzair Rasheed (Punjab) bt Salman Saleem (Punjab) 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7.

Boys’ under-11: Harris Qasim (Punjab) bt Mavia Ashfaq (PAF) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7; Khizar Hayat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) bt Huzaifa Ibrahim (Sindh) 11-4, 11-5, 11-9; Rashid Daulat (PAF) bt Farhan Hashmi (Punjab) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6; Zeeshan Malik (PAF) bt Hamza Sharif (Punajb) 6-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10.

Girls’ under-15: Madina Zafar (Sindh) bt Noor-ul-Huda (Sindh) 11-3, 11-0, 11-3; Meyral Sheikh (Sindh) bt Noor-ul-Ain Aijaz (Punjab) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2; Tehreema Islam (Sindh) bt Nimra Shahid (Punjab) 11-1, 11-1, 11-4; Fathmous Issadeen (Sri Lanka) bt Kainat Liaquat (Punjab) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.

Girls’ under-19: Saadia Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) bt Zahab Kamal Khan (Sindh) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6; Amna Latif (Punjab) bt Habiba Khan (Sindh) 11-7, 11-6, (retired hurt); Samar Anjum (Punjab) bt Moonisa Nasir (Punjab) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3; Riffat Khan (Punjab) bt Faiza Zafar (Sindh) 11-9, 12-10, 11-5.

Friday’s fixtures: Semi-finals start at 3:00pm.