Sports: Squash: Atlas brothers fall early in Squash tourney


Karachi: Siblings Aamir Atlas Khan and Danish Atlas Khan seeded second and third respectively in 7th DG Rangers (Sindh) Open Squash Championship, underway here at Sindh Rangers Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, lost their quarterfinal matches to lower ranked opponents on Thursday.

Seeded sixth, Sheikh Saquib stunned the former World No 14 Amir Atlas recording a convincing 113, 1311, 511, 114 victory in 47 minutes.

Meanwhile, seventh seeded Tayyab Aslam battled for 89 minutes to beat higher ranked opponent Danish Atlas after a full-stretch five-set encounter. Tayyab recorded a 1314, 113, 911, 115, 117 victory to secure an unexpected place in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, favorite Nasir Iqbal secured his anticipated place in the pre-finals after his opponent Bilal Zakir retired hurt from the match. Nasir was leading the match by 116, 81 score.

Fourth seed Farhan Zaman found little resistance from experienced lefthander Farhan Mehboob, seeded fifth, before recording a 1210, 112, 112 victory in 25 minutes.

Women’s event favorite, Samar Anjum dropped a set before beating sixth seed Riffat Khan by 1311, 811, 114, 115 score in 40 minutes.

Fourth seed Rushna Mehboob thrashed eighth seed Aliya Sarfraz in straight sets registering an 118, 114, 1210 victory in 21 minutes.

Third Muqaddas Ashraf dispatched fifth seed Saima Shaukat also in straight sets recording an 118, 115, 119 triumph in 27 minutes.

However, second seed Zoya Khalid was taken to full-stretch of the game by unseeded Madina Zafar before the former player eventually pulled 911, 118, 911,114, 119 victory after a 55minute encounter.

Men’s quarterfinal results:
(1) Nasir Iqbal (WAPDA) bt Bilal Zakir (Army) 116, 81 Rtd. hurt [20 m]
(4) Farhan Zaman (PAF) bt (5) Farhan Mehboob (WAPDA) 1210, 112, 112 [25 m]
(7) Tayyab Aslam (Pb) bt (3) Danish Atlas (KPK) 1314, 113, 911, 115, 117 [89 m]
(6) Sheikh Saquib (Pb) bt (2) Amir Atlas Khan (WAPDA) 113, 1311, 511, 114 [47 m]

Women’s quarterfinal results:
(1) Samar Anjum (Pb) bt (6) Riffat Khan (ZTBL) 1311, 811, 114, 115 [40 m] (4) Rushna Mehboob (ZTBL) bt (8) Aliya Sarfraz (WAPDA) 118, 114, 1210 [21 m]
(3) Muqaddas Ashraf (WAPDA) bt (5) Saima Shaukat (WAPDA) 118, 115, 119 [27 m]
(2) Zoya Khalid (ZTBL) bt Madina Zafar (Sindh) 911, 118, 911,114, 119 [55 m].

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