Pakistan Open enters quarters stage sans any local player

ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship entered quarterfinals stage sans any Pakistani player after remaining three local players crashed out in the last 16.

Pakistan’s hopes came to an end after the remaining three Pakistani players Farhan Zaman, Ahsan Ayaz and Tayyab Aslam couldn’t make way to the next round after losing their last 16 matches here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Wednesday.

Farhan Zaman was no match to Egyptian Mazeen Hasham, who played with authority and outclassed the Pakistani in straight sets. The Egyptian though faced some resistance in the first game where Farhan fought well but lost it 9-11, but after that, the Egyptian didn’t allow the Pakistani to play freely and won the next two games 11-6, 11-6 to make way to the next round.

Another Pakistani player Ahsan Ayaz though comparatively better than Farhan Zaman and gave tough fight to Egyptian Zahed Mohamed, yet he went down fighting 1-3 with the game score 11-7, 6-11, 4-11, 2-11. Ahsan started the match on a high note, winning it 11-7, but after that he seemed struggling against the Egyptian, who played exceptionally and won the next three games in a row 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 to register a well-deserving victory and earned a place in the next round.

Tayyab Aslam was the third Pakistani player, who also succeeded in reaching the last 16, but was thrown out of the event by second seed Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt 3-0. The Egyptian was in supreme form and outsmarted his Pakistani opponent in the first two games with same margin of 11-5 but he had to struggle hard to win the third and decisive game 13-11. With this defeat, all the Pakistani players, who reached the last 16 after defeating local players, couldn’t face international players challenge and bowed out of the mega event with shameful defeats.

The current performance of Pakistani players clearly shows that they are no match to international players and they can just register victories against local players and when it comes to play against the top ranked international players, they were just humbled easily by them. The time is high when the Pakistan Squash Federation should stop invest heavily on old bullets rather hunt fresh talent and groom and train them well so that they may help the country regain lost squash glory in the coming years.

In other last 16 matches, top seed Marwan El Shorbagy of Egypt reached the last eight by winning his match against Malaysian Mohammad Syafiq Kamal in straight sets with the score of 11-8, 11-7, 11-9. Tsz Fung Yip of Hong Kong couldn’t make his way to last eight as he retired due to injury when he was playing against Malaysian Eain Yow Ng with the game score 10-12, 7-11, retired.

Fourth seed Leo Au of Hong Kong had to struggle hard against Egyptian Shehab Essam to beat him 3-1 with the game score 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-1 to book berth in the quarterfinals. Another Hong Kong player Max Lee, fifth seed, proved too hot for Egyptian Mazen Gamal and routed him 3-0 with the game score 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 to advance to the quarters.

Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia overpowered Wales’ Peter Creed by 3-0. The Malaysian stamped his authority right from the first game which he won 11-7, and then continuing his good show, he also won the next two games 11-4, 11-6 to qualify for the last eight.

Meanwhile, in the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Women Squash Championship top seed Annie Au, Rachael Gringham, Rowan Elaraby and Sivasangari Subramaniam defeated their opponents to book their place in the semifinals here at Mushaf Squash Complex.

In the first quarterfinal, Annie Au brushed aside Hana Moataz of Egypt in a one sided match 11-2, 11-2, 11-8. In the second quarterfinal, Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby defeated her compatriot Mayar Hany 2-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3. The third quarterfinal was played between Rachael Gringham of Australia and Nadine Shahin of Egypt and the Australian succeeded in winning the match 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7.

The fourth quarterfinal was a close contest between Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia and Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy. Hania won the first set 11-8 but her Malaysian rival bounced back in style and won the second game 14-12, third 12-10 and fourth 11-9 to register a nail-biting victory.



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