Two upsets in QF of international squash
LAHORE—Two major upsets were recorded in the quarter finals of the 4th international men’s squash championship when high-flying Israr Ahmed stunned top seed Farhan Zaman and determined Amaad Fareed showed exit to Tayyab Aslam to breeze into the semi finals here on Thursday at the Punjab Squash Complex.
In the first quarterfinal of day, Israr Ahmed prevailed over fancied Farhan Zaman 12/14, 11/ 13, 11/3, 11/3, 11/6 in a marathon 59-minute encounter, emerging victorious with greater anticipation and zest.
Farhan started the match well and but Israr showed his class as both fought for each and every point. Both were tied at 12-12 and then Farhan utilized all his skills to win the first game 14-12. The second game was also contested very closely as both were once again tied at 11-11 and it was Farhan whose experienced helped him win the game 13-11.
At that stage, everyone was expecting top seed Farhan success in the third game to register a simple straight game win. But against all the odds, Israr made the spectators and others realized why he was considered one of the top squash players of current lot.
From the third game, Israr started playing aggressive game and outclassed Farhan completely and won the third game 11-3 with utmost ease.
The same was the case in the fourth game where Israr outpaced Farhan with the same margin of 11-3. In the fifth and decisive game, Farhan although showed some resistance yet it was Israr who overwhelmed Farhan with his impressive performance and won the game 116 amid applause from a sizeable crowd.
In the second quarterfinal of the day, Farhan Mehboob outlasted Raees Khan 11/7, 11/4, 11/ 6 in 27 minutes one sided encounter. Farhan was ahead in all departments of the game and he thrashed his superior opponent with a variety of shots.
The third quarterfinal saw Waqar Mehbob routing Faraz Muhammad 11/9, 11/6 ,3/11, 11/5 in 25 minutes while in the fourth and last quarterfinal, wildcard holder Amaad Fareed stunned Tayyab Aslam 11/7, 13/11, 9/11, 7/11, 11/8 in the 86-minute long highly well-contested match. In the first semifinal, Israr Ahmed will take on Farhan Mehboob while Ammad Fareed will face Waqar Mehboob challenge in the second semifinal on Friday.