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Tayyab, Amna score contrasting wins as Pakistan Open begins.

Byline: Anwar Zuberi

KARACHI -- Pakistan's Tayyab Aslam, runner-up of the preceding DHA Open, came from the jaws of defeat to beat compatriot Asim Khan in five games duel as the opening day of the Pakistan Open Squash Championship witnessed two upsets, one in men's and the other in women's, at the DA Creek Club's Asif Nawaz Squash Complex on Wednesday.

Aslam, the world No 54, who was trailing 7-10 in the third game after losing the first two, stormed back to post 11-13, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6 victory over his opponent in 74-minutes agonising encounter.

Asim, who has leaped 50 places in world rankings in 11-months from 127 in January to 77th in November, was about to create a stir as he was match point away from where his opponent changed the complexion of the battle.

The 22-year-old Aslam is due to meet top seed Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad in the second round fixture on Thursday. The latter had got a bye in the first round.

The DHA Cup champion Ivan Yuen of Malaysia joined Aslam in the second round when he sent wildcard Ahsan Ayaz of Pakistan packing straight 11-8, 11-6, 11-2 in 29-minutes.

Malaysia's Yuen, three Egyptians, two Spaniards advance

Egypt's world No 79th Shehab Essam pulled off the first upset when he demolished world No 69th Auguste Dussourd of France 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 in 50-minutes to cruise in the next round.

Besides Essam, two more Egyptians made it to the second round namely Mazen Gamal and Mostafa Asal.

Two Spaniards Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Edmon Lopez who are drawn in the lower half, together with an Englishman Joshua Masters also sneaked in the men's second round.

Pakistan earned some pride when wildcard Amna Fayyaz stun Jelenia Dutina of Serbia straight 11-6, 13-11, 12-10 to advance into the next round.

Amna was joined in the next round by Madina Zafar who gets the better of fellow countrywoman Zoya Khalid 11-5, 11-6, 11-6.

Besides two home players, there are three Malaysians Wen Li Lai, Aika Azman and Ooi Kah Yan French Enora Villard, Czech Republic's Eva Fertekova and Egyptian farah Momen who have advanced into the second round.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, flanked by squash legend Jahangir Khan, cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate the prestigious event which is taking place in the city after 13-year.

'It's a good omen that the high-profile event is being held in the metropolis after over a decade and will portray a bright picture of the country,' he told reporters.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is also a sportsman whose vision is to promote healthy activities across the country.

The chief guest also posed for a photograph with foreign players and officials.


Men's first round:

Tayyab Aslam (Pakistan) bt Asim Khan (Pakistan) 11-13, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6; Mazen Gamal (Egypt bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Malaysia) 11-7, 11-8, 14-12; Ivan Yuen (Malaysia) bt Ahsan Ayaz (Pakistan) 11-8, 11-6, 11-2; Shehab Essam (Egypt) bt Auguste Dussourd (France) 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9; Mostafa Asal (Egypt) bt Ammar Altamimi (Kuwait) 11-5, 11-9, 11-13 11-4; Iker Pajares Bernabeu (Spain) bt Noman Khan (Pakistan) 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3; Edmon Lopez (Spain) bt Baptiste Masotti (France) 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6; Joshua Masters (England) bt Ahmed Hosny (Egypt) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7.

Women's first round:

Amna Fayyaz (Pakistan) bt Jelenia Dutina (Serbia) 11-6, 13-11, 12-10; Wen Li Lai (Malaysia) bt Anam Mustafa Aziz (Pakistan) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5; Enora Villard (France) bt Noor-ul-Huda (Pakistan) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4; Aika Azman (Malaysia) bt Sadia Gul (Pakistan) 11-4, 8-2 (retired); Eva Fertekova (Czech Republic) bt Riffat Khan (Pakistan) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4; Ooi Kah Yan (Malaysia) bt Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (Iran) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4; Madina Zafar (Pakistan) bt Zoya Khalid (Pakistan) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6; Farah Momen (Egypt) bt Salma Youssef (Egypt) 11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8.

Thursday's fixtures:

Matches starts at 12noon.

Women's second round:

Yathreb Adel (Egypt) vs Amna Fayyaz (Pakistan) ; Wen Li Lai (Malaysia) vs Rachel Arnold (Malaysia) ; Tong Tsz-Wing (Hong Kong) vs Enora Villard (France); Aika Azman (Malaysia) vs Zeina Mickawy (Egypt; Liu Tsz-Ling (Hong Kong) vs Eva Fertekova (Czech Republic); Ooi Kah Yan (Malaysia) vs ivasangari Subramaniam (Malaysia); Satomi Watanabe (Japan) vs Madina Zafar (Pakistan); Farah Momen (Egypt) vs Nadine Shahin (Egypt).

Men's second round:

Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt) vs Tayyab Aslam (Pakistan); Mazen Gamal (Egypt) vs Omar Abdel Meguid (Egypt); Mohamed Reda (Egypt) vs Ivan Yuen (Malaysia); Shehab Essam (Egypt) vs Nafiizwan Adnan (Malaysia); Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (Qatar) vs Mostafa Asal (Egypt); Iker Pajares Bernabeu (Spain) vs Arturo Salazar (Mexico); Karim El Hammamy (Egypt) vs Edmon Lopez (Spain); Joshua Masters (England) vs Diego Elias (Peru).
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Date:Nov 29, 2018
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