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30/04/2007
NWFP PESHAWAR INT
 

Mansoor Comeback to challenge for top Pakistani spot

TOURNAMENT:
Governor NWFP Squash International, Peshawar, Pakistan

RESULTS:
1st round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Majid Khan (PAK) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7
[6] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
[3] Shahid Zaman (PAK) bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 6-11, 11-4
[8] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) bt [Q] Amjad Khan (PAK) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3
[7] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4
[4] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Sherif Kamel (EGY) 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 11-5
[Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [5] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-10 (2-0), 11-4, 11-6
[2] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 11-5, 11-4, 11-9

Quarter-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [6] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
[3] Shahid Zaman (PAK) bt [8] Omar Elborolossy (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8
[4] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt [7] Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
[2] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8

Semi-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3] Shahid Zaman (PAK) 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (21m)
[2] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [4] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
(33m)

Final:
[2] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (38m)

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QUALIFYING
Qualifying finals:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Naveed Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-6, 10-11 (0-2), 11-4, 11-7
Amjad Khan (PAK) bt Safeer Ullah Khan (PAK) 6-11, 7-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-7, 11-9
Majid Khan (PAK) bt Bilal Zaman (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7
Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) bt Khayal Muhammad Khan (PAK) 11-3, 11-10 (2-0), 9-7 ret.


REPORTS

FINAL
Zaman wins to challenge Aamir for top spot in Pakistan

Mansoor Zaman, whose recent form saw him lose his status as Pakistan's No1 squash player, powerfully restated his claim on the title when he defeated his successor Aamir Atlas Khan in straight games in the final of the Governor NWFP International in the pair's hometown of Peshawar.

The pair last met in the first round of the Kuala Lumpur Open in Malaysia in March when eighth seed Zaman crashed out in straight games to his 16-year-old compatriot.

But the 27-year-old former world No11 was after revenge in the climax of the $25,000 PSA Tour event at the Hashim Khan Complex - and took just 38 minutes to overcome the budding young teenager 11-8, 11-9, 11-4.

The triumph marked Zaman's 4th PSA Tour title - all of which have been won on home soil - but his first since May 2002!
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SEMI-FINALS:
Mixed Fortunes For Zamans In Peshawar


There were mixed fortunes for the Zaman family in today's (Saturday) semi-finals of the Governor NWFP Squash International when third seed Shahid Zaman was prevented from joining cousin Mansoor Zaman, the No2 seed, in the final of the $25,000 PSA Tour event at the Hashim Khan Complex in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The 16-year-old top seed Aamir Atlas Khan convincingly endorsed his status as Pakistan's top player when he crushed Shahid Zaman, a former Pakistan No1, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 in just 21 minutes.

The success takes the Peshawar teenager into his first PSA Tour final.

Mansoor Zaman recovered from a game down to beat Pakistan-born New Zealander Kashif Shuja 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 in 33 minutes. The 27-year-old from Peshawar is celebrating his 16th PSA final appearance.

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QUARTER-FINALS:
Krajcsak Conquered In Kashif Comeback


Kashif Shuja celebrated the return to the country of his birth by reaching the semi-finals of the Governor NWFP Squash International - but the New Zealander had to fight back from two games down in today's (Friday) quarter-finals before overcoming Hungary's Mark Krajcsak in the $25,000 PSA Tour event at the Hashim Khan Complex in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The Abbottabad-born fourth seed from Auckland beat Krajcsak 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 and goes on to face Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman for a place in the final. Second seed Zaman beat fellow Peshawar player Farhan Mehboob, a qualifier, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

The other semi-final will be an all-Pakistan affair between top seed Aamir Atlas Khan and third seed Shahid Zaman. 16-year-old Khan ended Englishman Chris Simpson's run, beating the No6 seed from Guernsey 11-6, 11-4, 11-8, while Zaman recovered from a game down to defeat Egypt's No8 seed Omar Elborolossy 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.


Mehboob now goes on to face compatriot Mansoor Zaman, the No2 seed who defeated fellow countryman Arshad Iqbal Burki, another qualifier from Peshawar, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9.

England's Chris Simpson, the 20-year-old sixth seed competing for the first time in Pakistan, brushed aside USA's Christopher Gordon, also 20, from New York, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9. The former European Junior Champion will now meet favourite Aamir Atlas Khan for a place in the semi-finals.

Khan, just 16 and based in Peshawar, despatched compatriot Majid Khan 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.

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FIRST ROUND:
Farhan Forces Frankcomb Out Of Peshawar International


Pakistani qualifier Farhan Mehboob stole the headlines in today's (Thursday) first round of the Governor NWFP Squash International when he upset Australia's No5 seed Aaron Frankcomb in the $25,000 PSA Tour event at the Hashim Khan Complex in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The 18-year-old Asian Junior Champion from the North-West Frontier Province capital survived a tie-break in the first game to cruise to an 11-10 (2-0), 11-4, 11-6 victory over the 22-year-old Queenslander.

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QUALIFYING
Locals Lap Up PSA Tour Qualifying Opportunities In Peshawar


Home advantage clearly benefited the four Pakistanis who prevailed in today's (Wednesday) qualifying finals of the Governor NWFP Squash International in Peshawar - all of whom hail from the capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province.

Farhan Mehboob, the youngest of the Peshawar quartet, defeated compatriot Naveed Atlas Khan 11-6, 10-11 (0-2), 11-4, 11-7. The 18-year-old Asian Junior Champion will now meet Australia's No5 seed Aaron Frankcomb in the first round of the $25,000 PSA Tour event at the Hashim Khan Complex.

An all-Pakistan - indeed, an all-Peshawar - final is predicted, with 16-year-old top seed Aamir Atlas Khan expected to meet second seed Mansoor Zaman. Both face qualifiers in the first round, Khan to meet 23-year-old Majid Khan, and Zaman lined up against Arshad Iqbal Burki.