CNS International 2002
25-28 Sep 2002, Karachi, Pakistan, $25k

Top seed Karim Darwish defeated fellow Egyptian Mohammed Abbas, conqueror of Jansher Khan, 15/9, 15/11, 11/15, 15/6 in the final of the CNS International in Karachi ...

The CNS International final will be an all-Egyptian affar, as top seed Karim Darwish and Mohammed Abbas, conqueror of Jansher Khan, both beat Pakistani opposition to set up a repeat of last month's World University championship final ...  Full story

Jansher Khan's comeback ended in the quarter-finals of the CNS International in Karachi, when the former world champion went down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Egypt's Mohammed Abbas. Full story

Round One:
Jansher Khan's comeback stepped up a gear in the first round proper, as the former world champion defeated Egypt's second seed Omar Elborolossy 15/11, 17/15, 15/11 in the first round.

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CNS International 2002
25-28 Sep 2002, Karachi, Pakistan, $25k
1st Round
Wed 25th
Thu 26th
Fri 27th 
Sat 28th
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY)
15/8, 15/9, 15/8
Ajaz Azmat (PAK)
Karim Darwish
15/12, 15/13, 15/7
John Williams
Karim Darwish

15/4, 14/15, 15/12, 15/14

Shahid Zaman

* Karim Darwish *


15/9, 15/11, 11/15, 15/6

Mohammed Abbas

[7] John Williams (AUS)
15/12, 15/12, 15/4
Safeerullah Khan (PAK)
[4] Shahid Zaman (PAK)
15/13, 15/9, 15/12
Khayal Muhammad (PAK)
Shahid Zaman
15/3, 15/11, 12/15, 15/10
Wael El Hindi
[6] Wael El Hindi (EGY)
13/15, 15/6, 15/5, 11/15, 15/11
Shamsul Islam (PAK)
Mohammad Essam A Hafiz (EGY)
15/13, 15/2 rtd
[8] Amjad Khan (PAK)
Mohammad Essam A Hafiz
15/9, 15/6, 15/10
Mansoor Zaman
Mansoor Zaman

12/15, 10/15, 15/7,
15/10, 15/13

Mohammed Abbas

[Q] Farrukh Zaman (PAK)
15/12, 15/12, 13/15, 15/13
[3] Mansoor Zaman (PAK)
[Q] Hisham Moh'd Ashour (EGY)
15/7, 15/7, 15/6
[5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY)
Mohammed Abbas
15/11, 17/15, 15/4, 15/13
Jansher Khan
[Q] Jansher Khan (PAK)
15/11, 17/15, 15/11

[2] Omar Elborolossy (EGY)
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RESULTS & Reports

[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [5] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) 15-9, 15-11, 11-15, 15-5

Darwish Seizes CNS Title In Karachi
The golden run of fifth-seeded Egyptian Mohammed Abbas came to an end in the final of the $25,000 CNS International when he lost out to his top-seeded compatriot Karim Darwish in four games at the Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex.

It was 21-year-old Abbas's second successive defeat in the Karachi event final, which he reached this year after sensationally ending Pakistan legend Jansher Khan's comeback run in the quarter-finals, then upsetting Jansher's third-seeded compatriot Mansoor Zaman in the semi-finals.

Darwish, the reigning world junior champion, beat his Cairo neighbour 15-9, 15-11, 11-15, 15-5 - repeating his victory over Abbas in last month's final of the World University Championships in Austria. The victory also marked 21-year-old Darwish's fifth PSA Tour title in only seven final appearances.

The final of the $25,000 CNS International Squash Championship will be an all-Egyptian affair featuring the top seed Karim Darwish and the fifth-seeded Mohammed Abbas.

Abbas maintained the superb form which saw him oust Pakistan's comeback hero Jansher Khan, the former world No1, in the quarter-finals. Despite losing the opening two games, the 21-year-old world No28 from Cairo kept his focus to upset third-seeded Pakistani Mansoor Zaman 12-15, 10-15, 15-7, 15-10, 15-13 to reach the final for the second successive year.

Darwish, also 21 and from Cairo, reached his seventh PSA Tour final after surviving a close semi-final encounter against Mansoor's cousin Shahid Zaman 15-4, 14-15, 15-12, 15-14.

The final, the second successive CNS International climax without local interest, will be Abbas and Darwish's second meeting in just over a month. The pair fought it out in the final of the World University Championships in Austria in August - with Darwish triumphing in straight games.


Pakistan's former world No1 Jansher Khan failed to repeat his stunning first round form the quarter-finals, when he went down in four games to Egypt's Mohammed Abbas at the Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex.

The record eight-times world champion, now 33 and making a comeback after a  three-year retirement, confounded the experts on Wednesday when he upset the event's highest-ranked player Omar Elborolossy, the world No14 from Egypt, in straight games in only his third competitive match on the PSA Tour since June 1999.

Jansher, a qualifier, levelled the match after losing the first game, but was  eventually beaten 15-11, 15-17, 15-4, 15-13 by the inspired fifth-seeded Abbas, runner-up in the competition last year.

"It was undoubtedly his day," said Khan of 21-year-old Abbas, the world No28  from Cairo. "He played outstanding squash and made no mistakes," Jansher told Pakistan News International reporter Khalid Hussain.

Khan's next chance to add one more PSA Tour title to the record 99 he currently boasts will be in his hometown of Peshawar, where he has been awarded a 'wildcard' for the $25,000 CAS International, from 19-22 October.

Mohammed Abbas now takes another Pakistani - third seed Mansoor Zaman who beat unseeded Egyptian Moh'd Essam Hafiz 15-9, 15-6, 15-10.

Mansoor's higher-ranked, but lower-seeded, cousin Shahid Zaman will lead local interest in the other semi-final.  The world No34 from Quetta beat Egypt's 6th seed Wael El Hindi 15-3, 15-11, 12-15, 15-10 - and will now face top-seeded Egyptian Karim Darwish who took out John Williams, the only Australian in the event, 15-12, 15-13, 15-7.

First Round  

Khan Crushes Elborolossy In Karachi
Former world No1 Jansher Khan stunned the crowds at the Pakistan Navy Roshan  Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex in Karachi when he crushed Egypt's world No14 Omar Elborolossy in straight games in the first round of his comeback tournament after three years' retirement from the international circuit.

Jansher, the record eight-times world champion who is competing in his first PSA World Tour event since June 1999, upset the No2 seed 15-11, 17-15, 15-11 in 52 minutes in today's (Wednesday) opening round of the $25,000 CNS International. The 33-year-old squash legend had already come through two rounds of qualifying to reach the first round.

Khan, who boasts a record 99 PSA Tour titles in his career from 1986-1998, including six British Open titles, withdrew from the international circuit four years ago following a series of knee and groin injuries.

Jansher will now face a further Egyptian in the next round after fifth seed Mohammed Abbas defeated compatriot Hisham Moh'd Ashour, also a qualifier, 15-7, 15-7, 15-6.

"When I came here, I lacked match confidence but now I am feeling a lot surer. The three matches I have played here so far have given me a lot of boost and now I think that I am capable of winning the tournament," Jansher told the News after the match.


Jansher marches into main draw  from PakSquash

Qualifying Finals, Tue 24th:
Safeerullah Khan (PAK) bt Shah Nawaz (PAK)  15/5, 15/8, 15/7
Jansher Khan (PAK) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK)  15/8, 17/15, 15/13
Hisham Moh'd Ashour (EGY) bt Moh'd Ilyas (PAK)  11/15, 15/9, 15/10, 15/9
Farrukh Zaman (PAK) bt Zubair Ali Khan (PAK)    15/6, 15/13, 14/17, 15/10

Qualifying first round, Mon 23rd:
Safeerullah (PAK) bt Glenn Kennan (AUS)  15/8, 15/2, 15/8
Shah Nawaz (PAK) bt Joey Barrington (ENG)  7/15, 15/8, 15/8, 15/10
Jansher Khan (PAK) bt Laurens-Jan Anjema (NED)  15/8, 15/6, 15/10
Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) bt Naveed Atlas (PAK)  15/13, 15/5, 15/11
Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Amjad Khan (PAK)  15/4, 15/17, 15/11, 15/8
Mohd Ilyas (PAK) bt Imran Mohib (PAK)  15/11, 15/7, 15/14
Zubair Ali Khan (PAK) bt Saeed Hassan (PAK)  15/9, 17/16, 15/8
Farrukh Zaman (PAK) bt Farham Moeen (PAK)  15/7, 15/12, 15/10

Qualifying day one from PakSquash

Jansher scores easy victory in comeback trail  Dawn

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