Raees stuns Bi­lal in In­ter­na­tional Men’s Squash C’ship

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - SPORTS RE­PORTER

LAHORE— Raees Khan stunned Bi­lal Zakir to en­ter the 4th FMC In­ter­na­tional Men’s Squash Cham­pi­onship main round here at the Pun­jab Squash Com­plex on Tues­day.

In the first match of the se­cond qual­i­fy­ing round of the cham­pi­onship, Raees Khan proved too hot for favourite and seeded player Bi­lal Zakir and up­set him 11/ 6, 11/ 6, 11/ 7. Both the play­ers started the match at high note and lev­eled the match at 6- 6.

Af­ter that Raees played su­perb squash and went on to win the first game 11/ 6. The se­cond game was iden­ti­cal to the first one, as both started well but Raees ended in an ex­cel­lent style win­ning the game 11/ 6.

Bi­lal showed some glimpses of his game in the third game and man­aged to level at 7/ 7 but once again Raees showed his po­ten­tial and won the game 11/ 7 and reg­is­tered an im­pres­sive vic­tory in 30 min­utes.

Fraz Muham­mad and Aqib Hanif played a hard- fought match against each and at the end, Fraz emerged as win­ner as he won the 28- minute long en­counter by 11/ 4, 11/ 9, 12/ 10.

Waqas Me­hboob played well against Mehran Javed and out­lasted 11/ 7, 11/ 5, 11/ 8 in 19 min­utes while in the last match of the day, Kashif Asif had to dig deep to de­feat spir­ited Zee­shan Khan 11/ 3, 8/ 11, 11/ 6, 11/ 6 in a close­ly­con­tested 39- minute en­counter.

From to­day ( Wed­nes­day), the main round will com­mence and will be in­au­gu­rated by FMC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Shahid Fa­rooq.

Pun­jab Squash As­so­ci­a­tion ( PSA) Sec­re­tary Sheraz Saleem said that a tough con­test was ex­pected be­tween all the 16 qual­i­fy­ing play­ers dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional squash event. “Farhan Za­man is top seed while the pres­ence of the play­ers like Tayyab As­lam, Ab­bas Mu­nir ( USA), M Farhan, Is­rar Ah­mad, Abass Shoukat, Farhan Me­hboob, Khawaja Adil Maq­bool, Waqar Me­hboob and others will make the event more in­ter­est­ing and en­thralling for the spec­ta­tors and the guests,” he added.

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