CAS International 2003
18-21 August, Peshawar, Pakistan,  $25k

The World rankings (17 v 18) suggested the final of the CAS International should be a close match, and so it was - France's second seed Gregory Gaultier beating local favourite Mansoor Zaman 15/14 in the fifth in Peshawar.

Zaman went into a two-game lead before Gaultier pegged him back to win 9/15, 14/15, 15/9, 15/12,15/14.

The match is another in a series of close results in the last few tournaments, with more players seeming to favour calling 'set one' than in the past.

Gaultier was gracious in victory: "I just read in the books about hospitality of the people of North West Frontier Province and place which produced seven world squash champion but now it is a reality. It is really my dreams come true," he added.

"I hope more and more tournaments will be organised in Pakistan, especially in this part of the world, which would provide an opportunity to us to learn from their techniques," he said.

Zaman and Gaultier are top seeds for the CNS International in Karachi next month.

CAS International 2003
1st Round
Mon 18th
Tue 19th
Wed 20th
Thu 21st
[1] Amr Shabana (Egy)
14/15, 15/13, 13/15, 15/8, 15/6 (66m)
Farrukh Zaman (Pak)
Farrukh Zaman
15/7, 15/13, 9/15, 13/15,15/12 (88m)
Azlan Iskandar
Azlan Iskandar

15/12, 10/15, 15/14, 11/15, 15/5 (62m)

Mansoor Zaman
Mansoor Zaman


9/15, 14/15, 15/9, 15/12,15/14

Gregory Gaultier

[7] Shahid Zaman (Pak)
10/15, 15/6, 6/15, 15/5, 15/10 (69m)
Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
[3] Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
15/14, 12/15, 11/15, 15/4, 15/13 (65m)
[Q] Majid Khan (Pak)
Mansoor Zaman
5/11, 10/15, 15/12, 15/12 (47)
Omar Elborolossy
[6] Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
15/5, 15/8, 15/3 (26m)
[Q] Safeerullah Khan (Pak)
Wael El Hindi (Egy)
15/7, 15/9, 15/6 (25m)
[5] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
Mohammed Abbas
15/11, 15/12, 11/15, 15/4 (45m)
Renan Lavigne
Renan Lavigne

15/10, 4/15, 15/5, 6/15, 15/11 (85m)

Gregory Gaultier
[4] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
15/8, 15/3, 15/11 (32m)
[Q] Glenn Keenan (Aus)
[8] John Williams (Aus)
8/15, 15/12, 15/14, 15/10 (39m)
Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
John Williams
15/13, 15/10, 9/15, 15/10 (64m)
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Laurens Anjema (Ned)
15/8, 15/8, 15/11
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)

Qualifying finals:
Majid Khan (Pak) bt Naveed Atlas (Pak)   17/16,15/14, 6/15, 14/17, 15/8 (88m)
Glenn Keenan (Aus) bt Yasir Butt (Pak)    15/14, 11/15, 15/13, 9/15, 15/8  (57m)
Safeerullah Khan (Pak) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (Pak)   10/15, 17/16, 15/12, 15/9  (67m)
Laurens Anjema (Ned) bt Khayala Muhammad (Pak)   15/5, 14/15, 12/15, 15/4, 15/3  (61m)

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RESULTS & Reports



Malaysia's Azlan Iskandar found the quarter-finals of the the CAS International in Peshawar one Zaman too far. Having excelled in defeating Shahid and Farruhk Zaman to reach the semis, Azlan finally ran out of steam, losing  15/12, 10/15, 15/14, 11/15, 15/5 in 62 minutes to world number 18 Mansoor Zaman, cousin of his previous victims.

Mansoor, seeded 3, now faces France's second seed Gregory Gaultier in the final after Gaultier triumphed 15/10, 4/15, 15/5, 6/15, 15/11 after 85 minutes in his all-French semi-final with Renan Lavigne.

Azlan takes Advantage in Peshawar
Malaysia's Azlan Iskandar took advantage of the surprise dismissal of top seed Amr Shabana, beating yesterday's hero Farrukh Zaman 3/2 in 88 minutes to progress to the Peshawar semi-finals. Another home contender stands in Azlan's path, with third seed Mansoor Zaman coming past Egypt's Omar Elborolossy to claim a semi-final place.

The second semi-final will be an all-French affair between second and fifth seeds Gregory Gaultier and fifth seed Renan Lavigne.

Egypt's Spanish Open champion Amr Shabana, the top seed, fell at the first hurdle at the CAS International in Peshawar, losing in five games to Pakistan's Farrukh Zaman. Zaman now faces Malaysia's Azlan Iskander, who produced the other upset of the day in defeating Pakistan's 7th seed Shahid Zaman.

Spanish Open champion Amr Shabana is the top seed for the $25k CAS International in Peshawar, in a draw heavy with Egyptian and Pakistani players.

Shabana is seeded to face local favourite Mansoor Zaman in the semi-finals, with Malaysia's Azlan Iskandar a dangerous floater.

Frenchmen Gregory Gaultier and Renan Lavigne are the top seeds in the bottom half, raising the possibility of a French finalist, with Egypt's Mohammed Abbas the one to watch here.

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