LAHORE    -     Mohammad Haris Qasim set a showdown with Zeeshan Zeb in the U19 final of FMC Independence Day National Junior Squash Championship 2019 after winning their respective ties here on Friday at PSA Complex. The final will be played today (Saturday) and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Senior Vice President Air Marshal Shahid Alvi will be the guest of honour.

Haris (PB) fought a four-set battle before overcoming spirited Uzair Shaukat (PAF) 11/5,11/1,11/13,11/8 after 37 minutes struggle. After winning the first two sets and seeing the victory at the threshold, Haris lost his concentration and paid the price in shape of losing the third set. However, in the fourth set he demonstrated a higher brand of quality squash and received applause from a handful gathering with greater agility and anticipation, especially picking the ball closer to the tin and its smart placing.

In the second semifinal, Zeeshan (KP) seemed in hurry in wrapping up his semi final tie against Ahmad Hassan (PAF) whom he beat with ease and comfort in straight sets in 18 minutes with a score line of 11/1,11/8,11/7.  In boys U15 semifinals, Muhammad Ammad and Anas Bukhari breezed in the final. Mohammad Ammad (PAF) beat Mutahir Ali (KP) 11/3,11/5,11/7 in 24 minutes while Anas Bukhari (PB) spent 21 minutes at the court before eliminating in Humam Ahmad (PAF) 11/5,11/3,13/11.

Sakhiullah (PAF) will meet Mehmood Mehboob (PB) in U13 final. In the first semifinal tie, Sakhiullah beat Varun Asif (PB) in the longest battle of the day which continued 44 minutes 10/12,11/6,11/4,10/12,11/8 . In the second semifinal, Mehmood Mehboob (PB) beat Omar Asjad (PB) in straight sets 11/5,11/8,11/7.