Ammad wins National Jr Age Group Squash U-11 title
PESHAWAR—Pakistan No. 1 Muhammad Ammad retained National Junior Under11 Age Group Squash Championship played here PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Thursday.
Hailing from Pakistan Air Force Academy Peshawar looking after former World Champion Jansher Khan, Qamar Zaman, Director PAF Sports Control Committee Group Captain Asghar Awan, Muhammad Ammad faced tough resistance against Ashab Irfan of Punjab in the marathon four sets, the score was 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 115.
Ammad won the first set after a tough fight against Ashab Irfan of Punjab as the set was tied thrice at 6-6, 8-8 and 10-10 before Ammad took it at 12-10 by hitting two superb drops which could not read by Ashab Irfan.
It was the second set in which both Ammad and Ashab exhibited classic display of forceful shorts and attacking play with some beautiful nick and drops were also witnessed. Ammad took the set by 119.
When taking 2-0 lead, Ammad failed to click in the third won by Ashab Irfan at 6-11 but this time Muhammad Ammad came back strongly by winning the decisive set 11-5 and thus marched into victory at 3-1. The match lasted for 49th minute.
In the second final of the Under-13 category Pakistan No. 1 Asad Ullah, who recently played Qatar Open and Doha Open beat Noor Zaman, also from PAF Academy, the score was 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-4 and 11-5.
Both Asad Ullah and Noor Zaman of PAF Academy stretched to five sets 3-2 wherein both exhibited excellent display of superb length and smashes which were largely enjoyed by the sitting spectators who responded well with their cheering hands.
In the Under-15 category promising Uzair Shoukat of PAF took no time in overpowering his rival Rashad Daulat, also from PAF Academy, in straight sets, the score was 11-5, 11-7 and 11-4. Uzair Shoukat did not look behind and raced up to victory against Rashad Daulat.
In the Under-17 age group final Pakistan National Junior top ranking player Abbas Zeb, who twice won Dutch Open and Doha Open and remained the semifinalist in Qatar Open, also faced tough resistance against another upcoming player Zeeshan Gul, also from PAF Academy, in marathon five sets battle fought on rattling pace.
Surprisingly Abbas Zeb lost the first two sets by 6-11 and 6-11 but he staged a strong comeback by winning three consecutive sets 12-10, 11-3 and 12-10 before winning the title.
Both Abbas Zeb and Zeeshan Gul gave each other a very good fight and they played some superb squash. Zeeshan Gul also improved his game as earlier he was usually lost to Abbas Zeb in straight set but this time, Zeeshan gave a stunning responses to Abbas Zeb in a match lasted for 52nd minute.
At the end of the finals of all four categories, Additional Secretary Law Daud Khan, who was the chief guest on this occasion, gave away trophies and cash prizes. He also announced Rs. 1000 each for the position holder players. Executive members KP Squash Association Wazir Khan also announced Rs. 500 to each of the position holder players. A total of 120 players from across Pakistan took part in the Championship organized by KP Squash Association.—APP
PESHAWAR: Chief guest with winner players of National Junior Squash U-11.