ISLAMABAD - Top seed Farhan Zaman has set final date with second seed Tayyab Aslam after brushing aside Khawaja Adil Maqbool in straight games in the $15,000 PARCO – Roshan Khan Open Squash Championship 2016 semifinal played at PN Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, Fleet Club, Karachi on late Wednesday night.

In the second semifinal, Tayyab took 30 minutes to dispose of Shahjahan Khan 3-0. Farhan Zaman, being fully aware of the fact that he had not played well against youngster Israr Ahmed in the quarterfinal, where he survived a very close scare before winning the match, was a completely different player against Adil. He was moving freely, playing his textbook shots and kept Adil on the run in the entire match.

The first game started with Adil pressing hard and pushing Farhan towards all sides of the court, who was still struggling to recover from Israr long and nerve-racking match. Adil was leading in the initial part of the first game having 6-3 lead, but at that stage, Farhan, all of a sudden, found his lost rhythm and settled down well to take the game 11-7.

In the second game, Adil once again dictated his terms and was enjoying 5-2 lead, then 7-4 lead, but that was all he could get from the game, as Farhan started playing more aggressively and his drop-shots also paid off and helped him win the second game 11-8. After playing two tough and close games, Adil ran out of gas and was seemingly looking very tired, Farhan got benefit of the situation and finished him of by taking the game 11-6 to complete victory in 23 minutes.

Talking to The Nation soon after the match, Farhan Zaman said: “Frankly speaking, I didn’t play well against Israr. I took him very lightly, which almost backfired. I must consider myself very lucky not to lose the match against Israr, had I not played at the top, I could have easily lost against Israr. I especially called my coach Shahid Zaman Khan soon after the match and informed him about my progress, he gave me some very useful and timely tips. I am very glad and blessed to have Pakistan’s former champion and ex-world number 14 behind my back. Today whatever I have achieved, is just because of Shahid, my father and special help of Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF).”

About his rival in the final, Farhan said: “I know Tayyab Aslam is a fighter and will pose serious challenge to me in the final, but I am mentally and physically prepared for his challenge and will not allow him to stand between me and title.”

In the second semifinal, Shahjahan proved no match to Tayyab. Shahjahan entered the event with huge reputation and recently, he had recorded upset victory against Egyptian player in the recently-concluded Pakistan-Egypt series, but surprisingly, he was down and out against Tayyab, who won the first game 11-6, second game 11-4 and third 11-1, to record an impressive victory and set final clash against Farhan Zaman.