ISLAMABAD: Top seed Tayyab Aslam defeated Noor Zaman in straight but well-challenged three sets here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Tuesday in his opening meeting of the Pakistan International Squash Tournament.
Tayyab, who had advanced directly on the basis of his ranking into the second round, took 25 minutes to defeat his opponent Noor (11-1, 11-9, 11-9). With his pace and precision, he outclassed his opponent in the opening set and didn’t allow him to calm down. He won 11-1 in the first set. Yet Zaman made a strong come-back in the next two sets, but his attempts to win the sets were insufficient.
Top-seeded players Amna Fayyaz, Faiza Zafar, Madina Zafar and Moqaddas Ashraf comfortably advanced to the next round in the women’s event with easy wins.
The tournament has an international ranking, but only Pakistani players are participating as the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has received special permission from PSA in this regard to give players the ability to earn international points.
Men’s event: Tayyab Aslam bt Noor Zaman 11-1, 11-9, 11-9; M Farhan Hashmi bt Zahir Shah 11-2, 11-7, 11-7; Israr Ahmad bt Syed Ali Bukhari 11-8, 11-5, 11-7; Waqas Mehboob bt Farhan Mehboob 11-8, 11-9, 11-7; Amaad Fareed bt Mohammad Bilal 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2; Farhan Zaman bt Haris Qasim 11-7, 11-4, 11-8; Nasir Iqbal bt Danish Atlas Khan 11-2, 12-10, 11-5; and Asim Khan bt Zeeshan Zeb 11-7, 11-7, 11-7.4
Women’s event: Amna Fayyaz bt Zynab Khan 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4; Anum Mustafa Aziz bt Ilsa Imran 12-10, 11-6, 11-4; Saima Shaukat bt Noor Ul Ain Ijaz 11-4, 11-9, 14-12; Madina Zafar bt Noureena Shams 11-3, 11-5, 11-3; Moqaddas Ashraf bt Aiman Shahbaz 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4; Noor-ul Huda bt Fehmina Asim 11-3, 11-5, 11-6; Rushna Mehboob bt Nimra Aqeel 11-3, 11-6, 11-7; and Faiza Zafar bt Sadia Gul 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5.