ISLAMABAD - Nasir Iqbal brushed aside Adrian Waller of England 3-1 to book a place in the main round of $150,000 prize money 13th Qatar Classic Squash Championship 2013. Talking to The Nation on Saturday, Pakistan squash head coach Jamshed Gul said: “Nasir has tremendous potential but he needs more international exposure which enable him to show his class against the world's elite players.”

Nasir started the match at a brisk pace and never allowed his opponent to settle down and took the first game 11-7. Adrian bounced back in the second game and won it by 11-9.

Nasir dominated in the third with by playing his natural game and won it 11-6 to take 2-1 advantage. The fourth game was seesaw battle as both the players showed some high quality squash. The game continued to swing from one way to another before Nasir finally managed to win it 15-13, thus won the marathon 71-minute encounter and booked a place in the main round where he will face Australian Ryan Cuskelly.

Meanwhile, Syed Hamza Bukhari continued his brilliant run in the $10,000 Phoenix Open 2013, as he raced into the semifinals after defeating British Robert Downer in the quarterfinals 3-0 on Saturday in Tempe, USA.

Hamza won the first game 11-3, the second 11-9 and the third one 11-8 to set a semifinal clash with Nick Sachvie of Canada. Another Pakistani lad Tayyab Aslam also booked a place in the semifinals after defeating Shahjahan Khan 3-2. Tayyab won the first game 12-10, before losing the second 5-11 and third 8-11. Tayyab was almost down and out in the fourth as well but he then staged a comeback and won the fourth 11-9 and after surviving some close moments in the fifth and deciding game, Tayyab finally won it 12-10 to win the match. Tayyab will face top seed Rex Hedrick in the semifinals today (Sunday).

Danish Atlas Khan reached the semifinals of the Goodlife Open 2013 Squash Championship currently underway in Ottawa Canada after defeating Australian Scott Arnold 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the $10,000 prize money event.

Danish, second seed in the event, won the first game 11-8 but lost the second one 5-11. It was an eye-opener for Danish who then bounced back in style and won the next two games 11-5 and 11-8 to squeeze into the semifinals of the event. Danish will meet Eric Galvez of Mexico in the semifinals today (Sunday).