ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and Ahsan Ayaz qualified for the Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship quarterfinals after defeating their respective opponents in the main round here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Tuesday.

Farhan Zaman defeated compatriot Waqar Mehboob 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 and 11-5 in 32-minute contest, while Ahsan Ayaz also edged past another compatriot M Shoaib Hassan 11-9, 11-4 and 11-9 in a 27-minute affair. However, Pakistan’s Kashif Asif, Asim Khan, Farhan Mehboob and Shahjahan Khan failed to make it to the quarterfinals as they lost their matches of the main round. The event had a draw of 32 players.

The main round matches of the CAS International Women Championship also started Tuesday here at Mushaf Squash Complex and in the draw of 16 players, where the only Pakistan female player Sadia lost her main round match against Egypt’s Mayar Hany. The Egyptian proved too hot for the Pakistani girl and didn’t allow her to win even a single game and won the match by 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 in 20 minutes. Now the quarterfinals of women and second round of men event would be played today (Wednesday).

Meanwhile, Farhan Mehboob, who lost his main round match against Mazen Gamal of Egypt, expressed his hope to improve his world ranking in 2018. Farhan said his world ranking has dropped from No 49 to No 66 due to playing less international tournaments this year.

About the ongoing Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship here at Mushaf Squash Complex, he lauded the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) for putting in tremendous efforts to host the men and women’s championships. “I will perform with all my might in the championship to attain good results and to improve my world ranking,” he said.

Farhan said he was not well the past few days, therefore, he didn’t practice the way he wanted to do, that’s why he couldn’t perform well in the tournament. “Tough competition will be seen in the Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship as top world squash players are participating in the mega event and every player has to utilize his extra efforts and best game to win title,” he said.

PAKISTAN OPEN MEN: Mohd Syafiz Kamal (Mas) beat Kashif Asif (Pak) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (31 Min), Farhan Zaman (Pak) beat Waqar Mehboob (Pak) 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 (32 Min), Mazen Hesham (Egy) beat Baptiste Masotti (Fra) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (30 Min), Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg) beat Asim Khan (Pak) 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (50 Min), Eain Yow Ng (Mas) beat Faraz Khan (USA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (21 Min), Ahsan Ayaz (Pak) beat M Shoaib Hassan (Pak) 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 (27 Min), Zahed Mohamed (Egy) beat Rui Soares (Por) 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (30 Min), Leo Au (Hkg) beat Edmon Lopez (Esp) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (28 Min), Shehab Essam (Egy) beat Shahjahan Khan (Pak) 11-5, 3-11, 11-6, 2-11, 11-2 (58 Min), Mazen Gamal (Egy) beat Farhan Mehboob (Pak) 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (27 Min), Max Lee (Hkg) beat Adeen Idrakie (Mas) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (21 Min), Peter Creed (Wal) beat Zeeshan Khan (Pak) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (21 Min) and Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) beat Auguste Dussourd (Fra) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (18 Min).

CAS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN: Ainie Au (HKG) beat Rachel Arnold (Mas) 11-4 (Retired) 5 Min, Hana Moataz (Egy) beat Sarah Cardwell (Aus) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (28 Min), Rowan Elaraby (Egy) beat Nouran El-Torky (Egy) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (42 Min), Mayar Hany (Egy) beat Sadia Gul (Pak) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (20 Min), Nadine Shahin (Egy) beat Hana Ramadan (Egy) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (41 Min), Rachael Gringham (Aus) beat Tong Tsz Wing (HKG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (23 Min), Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas) Nada Abbas (Egy) 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 (40 Min), Hania El Hammamy (Egy) bt Enora Villard (Aus) 14-12, 11-5, 15-13 (40 Min).