ISLAMABAD - Asim Khan upset Israr Ahmed in the 10th DG Rangers Sindh National Squash Championship 2016 quarterfinals played at Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex on Tuesday.

In the other quarterfinals, no major upset was witnessed as the two Farhan’s comfortably outclassed their opponents, while Tayyab Aslam also progressed to the semifinals.  In the first quarterfinal, Asim proved his critics wrong by putting up exceptional performance against Israr in front of pack to capacity arena. It the first game, both the players were involved in long rallies and were not in a mood to let each other take the initiative. Israr had a few chances to wrap up the game as he was leading 7-5 and then he was leading 9-7, but Asim changed gears and won 4 points in a row to grab the first game 11-9 in 16 minutes.

It was all Asim in the second game, who completely overshadowed Israr through his stunning drop shots and lobs. Asim was moving in all directions with complete authority and wrapped up the second game 11-6 in just 7 minutes. Asim then raced on to win the third game 11-6 in 7 minutes to set semifinal date with Farhan Zaman.

In the second quarterfinal, world number 52 Farhan Zaman outclassed Waqar Mehboob 3-0. It was relatively a close first game, as Waqar gave tough time to Zaman, who survived initial onslaught and took the first game 11-8. Zaman easily won the second game 11-5 and also the third 11-8 to win the match and advance to the semifinals.

In the third quarterfinal, Farhan Mehboob just thrashed emerging player Ahsan Ayaz in straight games. Slow-starter Mehboob took the first game 11-7 as he gave too much room to Ahsan in the first game, which allowed the youngster to muster 7 points. But after that Mehboob simply shut the doors for Ahsan in the second game winning it 11-4 and it was irresistible Mehboob in the third game, who toyed with Ahsan and took the game 11-2 to set semifinal date with Tayyab Aslam.

In the fourth and last quarterfinal, Tayyab had to dig deep to beat spirited Fraz Ahmed 3-1. Tayyab took the first game 11-5, but Fraz bounced back to win the second game 11-3. It was one-sided affair in the next two games, as Tayyab won the third game 11-5 and fourth game 11-3 to make way to the semifinals.

In the ladies quarterfinals, top ranked player Sadia Gul, fresh from USA trip, routed local girl Faiza Zafar 3-0 with the scores of 11-8, 11-9 and 11-8 to set semifinal date with Anam Aziz. In the second quarterfinal, Anam Aziz beat veteran Saima Shoukat 3-2, with the scores of 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-7. In the third quarterfinal, Zahab Khan crushed Bushra Khalid 3-0, with the scores of 11-1, 11-0 and 11-1. Another top ranked player Sammer Anjum defeated Madina Zafar 3-2 with the scores of 11-8, 11-9 and 11-6 and set semifinal clash against Zahab.

In boys’ U-17 quarterfinals, Saad Abdullah, Talha Alam, Uzair Raseed and Haris Qasim scored wins and booked berth in the semifinals. In boys’ U-15 quarters, Ahmed Hassan, M Saqib Iqbal and Rashid Dulat were victorious. In boys’ U-13 quarters, M Ammad, Waleed Khalil, Fahad Sharif and Tayyab Rauf were the winners while in boys’ U-11 quarters, Humza, Abbas Nawaz, Mutahir Ali Shah and Usman Nadeem were the winners.

In girls’ U-19 quarters, Noorul Huda, Komal, Aiman Shehbaz and Meyral Shaikh registered victories and booked berths in semifinals. In girls’ U-15 quarters, Aman Fayyaz, Ilsa Imran Noorul Ain and Zainab Khan were victorious.