ISLAMABAD - Pakistan started their World Junior Squash Championship 2016 campaign in style, as the entire five players advanced to the next round after carving out sensational victories in the first round in Poland on Saturday.

In the first match of the day, Kashif Asif was up against American Kim Ric. Kashif outclassed Kim 3-0, winning the match 11-7, 11-5, 11-3. The second match saw Ahsan Ayaz overwhelming White Joseph of Australia 3-0 with the score of 11-7, 11-2, 11-7. In the third and last match of the boys’ category, Mehran Javed had to dig deep to beat Jordanian opponent Alzubaidi Hamza 3-1 in a well-contested encounter. Mehran took the first game 11-7 and won the second game 12-10. Hamza then bounced back in style and won the third game 11-6, but Mehran never lost his composure and bounced back in the fourth game winning it 11-8.

Pakistan top female squash player Sadia Gul made a huge upset when she defeated Lauren Aspinall 3-1 in the first round match. Sadia will now face 9th seed Celine Walser in second round match today (Sunday).

It was a sensational and outstanding victory by the young Pakistani, who lacked international exposure but this time, she made it to the World Juniors on special directives of PSF president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

Sadia started the first game on a positive note and took the first game 11-6. She kept same pressure in the second game, taking it 11-7. Lauren then bounced back in style and won third game 11-6. Sadia then changed the gears in the fourth game and put her opponent on defensive and easily won the fourth game 11-7 to set second round date with Celine Walser.

Taking to The Nation, Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz, who was satisfied with the boys’ performance, said that Israr Ahmed and Abbas Shoukat had first round byes, while Ahsan Ayaz, Mehran JAved and Kashif Asif played superbly in the first round matches against their respective opponents.