ISLAMABAD - Abbas Shoukat continued his superb show as he defeated former world number 14 Mansoor Zaman in the last qualifying round match to book a berth in the first round of the Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Squash Championship here at Mushaf Ali Mir Squash Complex.  The first game started with Mansoor raced onto take 9-2 lead before winning the game 11-5. Same was the case in the second game, as Abbas looked very upset with some referee’s decisions and was not concentrating on his game rather busy arguing with the chair referee, which cost him dearly as he lost the second game 6-11.

Mansoor was almost guaranteed victory in the third game as he was 10-8 up and serving for the match, but Abbas showed his fighting spirit and first leveled the game at 10-10 and then went onto to take it 12-10. The fourth game was arguably the crowd puller, sensing Abbas was getting into rhythm, entire crowd shifted to court where Abbas was battling against Mansoor. The game started brightly before Mansoor got a nasty cut just above his eye. He took a break before returning to match. Mansoor took comfortable 8-4 lead and then 10-8 lead and was thinking about victory, but Abbas was not ready to give up, as he leveled the game 10-10. Then again Mansoor got a golden chance to finish off Abbas at 12-11, but once again, he failed. At least five times Mansoor had chance to finish off Abbas in the fourth game, but he failed on each and every occasion. The game was a seesaw battle which kept on swinging from one way to another. The game continued for 37 minutes before Abbas took it 24-22. It was the turning point of the entire match as Mansoor was seemingly very tired. Sensing Mansoor's situation, Abbas played aggressively in the fifth game and wrapped up one of the biggest victories of his short career.

Sharing his views after the match, Abbas said: “I attribute my victory to coach Jamshed Gul and Ustad Faheem, as this victory was made possible by their exceptional coaching and out of the way help.”

Sharing his views about the match, ex-squash champ Geoff Hunt said: “Mansoor failed to capitalized on a number of occasions. Had he played a few years back, he could have finished match much earlier. I like the way young Abbas played, as he read the game well. If provided with training and the PSA events, he could one day win a number of titles for Pakistan.”

Another upset victory was witnessed when former world No 8 Zarak Jehan Khan's son Shahjehan Khan upset seasoned Waqas Mehboob 3-0 in only 30 minutes. Despite traveling all the way from US and still recovering from jetlag, Shahjehan never showed any signs of sluggishness and played one of the best squashs witnessed by a huge crowd. Showing glimpses of his father's game, Shahjehan played well and took the first game 11-5. Waqas did show some resistance in the second game before going down 11-8. It was all Shahjehan in the third game as he took the game by dropping just two points 11-2 to set up first round date with Aamir Atlas. In the third match, Ammad Fareed beat Zahir Shah 3-1. Ammad, Shahjehan and Sh Saqib made it to the main round of the event.

In the first main round match, top seed Omar Abdel Meguid to take on Tayyab Aslam, while in the second match, Ammad Fareed to take on Peter Creed of Wales, in the third match, Abdullah M Al Tamimi of Qatar will face Sh Saqib and in the fourth match, Farhan Mehboob faces Farhan Zaman, in the fifth match, Danish Atlas faces Aqeel Rehman, in the sixth match, Abbas faces Ammar Al Tamimi of Kuwait, in the seventh match, Aamir faces Shahjehan and in the eighth, Nasir Iqbal takes on Kh Adil Maqbool.