ISLAMABAD - Syed Hamza Bukhari was beaten by top seed Rex Hedrick 3-0 in the final of the $10,000 Phoenix Open 2013 in Tempe, USA. Talking to The Nation, Hamza said: “I have tried my best to win the title against the top seed Rex. It was a nerve-wrecking final and I matched point-to-point against Rex. Although it was a straight games victory for the top seed yet the crowd and Rex know, how tough it was to win the final.”

“In the first game, I focused on my backhand and won majority of points. The game was very tight as both of us tried to take the early initiative but Rex won the first game 11-9. The second was as close one as first Rex took 5-1 lead, but then I bounced back to cut the lead to 5-4. The game kept on changing from one way to another till Rex once again managed to win it 11-9. Rex dominated the third game and took it 11-7, thus won the eighth PSA title of his career,” Hamza said and added: “I will take a lot of positive things from this final defeat. I was a qualifier here, but I managed to beat first No 2 seed Farhan Zaman and then went on to beat other tough opponents till the final loss. I will continue training hard and try to win next events.”

Danish Atlas Khan lost the Goodlife Open 2013 Squash Championship final in Ottawa Canada against the top seed Martin Knight 3-0. Talking to The Nation, Pakistan squash head coach Jamshed Gul said: “Danish played exceptionally well but could not match the experience of the top seed of the event. It was a tremendous fight by the young lad against the top seed.”

“The first game started on a brisk pace as Martin raced on to take the game 11-8. In the second game, Danish settled down and played good squash. Danish finally ran out of steam and lost the nerve-wrecking second game 13-11. By then it was almost impossible for Danish to move freely, as shin pain was troubling a great deal and at 0-6 down in the third game, Danish was left with no other option but to concede the game and final in favour of Martin,” he added.