18-21 September, Karachi, Pakistan, $25k
GAULTIER TAKES IT EASY
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt  Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
15-9, 14-15, 5-15, 15-10, 15-13 (68m)
In a final uncannily similar to one they played four
weeks earlier in northern Pakistan, France's Gregory Gaultier and
Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman battled for five games in the climax of the
$25,000 CNS International Squash Championship in Karachi - before the
Frenchman ultimately triumphed 15-13 in the decider!
On the eve of the final, world No15 Mansoor Zaman assured Pakistan's News
International that he had learned lessons from the pair's previous clash:
"In Peshawar I won the first two games only to lose the next three against
him. It was very disappointing because I knew I had nobody to blame but
myself for the defeat. I will try my best to reverse that result
tomorrow," said the son of the former British Open champion Qamar Zaman.
In a real battle of nerves at the Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan-Jahangir Khan
Squash Complex in Karachi, Mansoor fought back from a game down to take
the next two to lead 2/1. Gaultier, just two places higher in the world
level and moved ahead 9-4 in the decider.
The local hero, however, pulled back four points to 8-9, and minutes later
- much to the delight of the packed and partisan crowd - it was 10-10,
then 11-11, 12-12, and 13-13.
Zaman, however, was unable to press home any advantage as Gaultier claimed
the next two points and, after 68 electrifying minutes, the match 15-9
14-15 5-15 15-10 15-13.
The victory marks the seventh PSA Tour title of 20-year-old Gaultier's
short career. Zaman now heads for England where he takes on Scotland's
third seed John White in next week's opening round of the British Open on
the all-glass court at the Albert Hall in Nottingham.
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
15-10, 15-10, 15-9 (49m)
Wael El Hindi (Egy)
15-7, 15-12, 15-12 (37m)
15-5, 15-11, 15-9 (49m)
15-9, 14-15, 5-15, 15-10, 15-13
 Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
15-2, Rt. Hurt (4m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
 Adrian Grant (Eng)
8-15,15-4,15-10,10-15, 15-9 (83m)
[Q] Laurens Anjema (Ned)
15-13, 15-3,15-7 (27m)
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
6-15, 15-13, 1-15, 15-13, 17-15 (50m)
[Q] Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
Majid Khan (Pak)
15-11, 15-6, 15-8 (42m)
 Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
15-6, 15-14, 15-8 (37m)
17-15, 15-11, 17-15 (73m)
Farrukh Zaman (Pak)
15-11, 4-15, 15-10, 15-7 (53m)
 Renan Lavigne (Fra)
Shahid Zaman (Pak)
11-15, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11 (34m)
Hisham Mohd Ashour (Egy)
Hisham Mohd Ashour
15-8, 15-9, 15-9 (34m)
[Q] Alister Walker (Eng)
13-15, 15-7, 15-6, 15-6 (42m)
 Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
Laurens Anjema (NED) bt Muhammad (PAK) 11-15, 15-9, 15-5,
Yasir butt(PAK) bt Safeer Ullah khan (PAK) 16-17, 9-15, 15-7,
15-13, 15-11 (77m)
Alister Walker(ENG) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 15-11, 9-15, 15-9,
14-17, 15-8 (61m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Khalid Atlas (PAK) 11-15, 10-15, 15-14, 15-10,
First round results:
Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Glenn Keenan (AUS) 15-13, 17-14, 15-11
Khayal Muhammad (PAK) bt M Suleman Khan (PAK) 15-8, 15-8, 15-10
Laurens Anjema (NED) bt Waseed Shad (PAK) 15-6, 15-6, 15-4 (37m)
Safeer Ullah Khan (PAK) bt Zubair Ali Khan (PAK)
Alister Walker (ENG) bt Shahroze Khan (PAK) 15-9,15-3,15-6 (27m)
Khalid Atlas (PAK) bt Peter Barker (ENG) 15-12, 7-15, 9-15, 15-4,
Arshad Iqbal Barki (PAK) bt Saeed Hassan (PAK) 13-15, 15-6, 15-9,
Fahan Mahboob (PAK) bt Liam Kenny (IRL) 15-6, 15-13, 15-13 (45m)
RESULTS & Reports
GAULTIER & ZAMAN
SET FOR REMATCH
The top two seeds Gregory Gaultier and Mansoor
Zaman will battle it out in the final of the $25,000 CNS International
Squash Championship in Karachi - four weeks after contesting a nail-biting
final in the north western Pakistan city of Peshawar.
Pakistan national champion Mansoor Zaman, the second seed, survived a
tough tussle against his younger cousin Farrukh Zaman. Ranked 41 in the
world, 26 places below his opponent, unseeded Farrukh overcame a
seven-point lead by Mansoor to take the opening game after a tie-break.
The left-handed world No15 fought back to assert his authority and, after
73 minutes, claimed the match 14-17 17-15 15-11 17-15 to reach his 11th
PSA Tour final.
The other semi-final was a more straightforward affair as top-seeded
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier swept to a 15-5 15-11 15-9 victory over
England's third seed Adrian Grant in 49 minutes to celebrate his 10th
appearance in a PSA Tour final, and his third this year.
In their last meeting in Peshawar, Gaultier had to fight back from 0-2
down against Mansoor before clinching the CAS International title 15-14 in
the fifth in an 82-minute final.
HOME FINALIST GUARANTEED IN KARACHI
The qualifying runs of Pakistani youngsters Yasir Butt
and Farhan Mehboob came to an end in the quarter-finals of the CNS
International in Karachi, but the host nation is still guaranteed a
seed Gregory Gaultier will contest his semi-final against England's Adrian
Grant after they scored 3-0 victories over Pakistan's rising stars, while
second seed Mansoor Zaman will meet Farrukh Zaman in the other semi-final.
SEEDS FALL IN CNS OPENER
The day started with the opening ceremony of the CNS
International squash championships. The players were introduced with the
Chief guest MR Roshan Khan.
While top seed Frenchman Gregory
Gaultier moved into the second round, two Pakistani qualifiers Yasir Butt
and Farhan Mehboob caused sensations by upsetting Egyptian Omar
Elborolossy and Englishman Nick Matthew in the first round.
Gaultier, currently ranked world No. 13 and who just last month clinched
the Chief of the Air Staff title in Peshawar, won his opening match
against Egypt's Wael El Hindi in straight games 15-10, 15-10, 15-9.
Pakistan Mansoor Zaman, the number two seed and currently ranked world No.
15, was surprised by England Alister Walker, currently ranked world No.
80, by taking the first game 15-13, but Mansoor took firm control in the
remaining three games and easily won 15-7, 15-6, 15-6 to move into the
quarter finals against Hisham Ashur of Egypt.
Shahid Zaman was beaten by Egyptian Hisham Ashur, currently ranked world
No. 58, in four games 11-15, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11. Last year Shahid had made
it to the semis before losing to Egyptian Karim Darwish 3-1, while Hisham
had lost to fellow countryman Muhammad Abbas 0-3 in the opening round.
Yasir Butt, currently ranked world No. 171, was in fact a lucky winner
against world No. 26 Egyptian Omar Elborolossy who had to retire hurt
after losing the opening game 2-15, he was also beaten in the first round
last year by former world champion Jansher Khan in straight games, while
Farhan Mehboob, world No. 140, stunned Englishman Nick Matthew, currently
in a well contested five games match which the Pakistani won 6-15, 15-13,
1-15, 15-13, 17-15.
Farrukh Zaman completed the Pakistani upsets,prevailing over Frenchman
Renan Lavigne in four games 15-11, 4-15, 15-10, 15-7. Farrukh was beaten
in the first round last year by Mansoor Zaman.
Egyptian Muhammad Abbas, last year finalists, easily prevailed over
Pakistan Majid Khan in straight games 15-11, 15-6, 15-8. England Adrian
Grant was fully extended to five games by Laurens Anjema of the
Netherlands before moving into the last eight 8-15, 15-14, 15-10, 10-15,
Qualifying complete in Karachi
Today four matches were played on the second day of
The first match was played between Laurens Anjema (NED) and Khayal
Muhammad (PAK). It was an easy day for Anjema as he won the match in
The second match was played between Yasir Butt (PAK) and Safeer Ullah
Khan(PAK). Both players proved their worth as Yasir Butt is National
Champion under 19 years and British Open U17 Champion and Safeer Ullah
Khan being the British U19 Champion. The match was evenly contested and
a dazzling display of squash was witnessed. Both players played splendid
strokes all over the court but Yasir Butt kept his nerve in the fifth
game and came out as the winner.
The third match was an easy win for Alister Walker (ENG). He kept his
cool and showed an excellent sportsmanship through out the match and
finished the contest in four games.
The fourth match proved to be a tough competition between two
compatriots, Farhan Mehboob and Khalid Atlas. The match was hard fought
and was decided in the fifth game. Farhan Mahboob, the Asian Junior
Champion, executed wonderful strokes and showed an excellent control
over the ball thus winning the match against his tough counterpart.