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Butt Beats Shuja To Claim Malaysian Open Qualifier

24 Jul 2007

Pakistani teenager Yasir Butt upset an opponent ranked 70 world ranking places higher in today's qualifying finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open to claim a place in the first round of the men's PSA Tour event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Local interest in the WISPA World Tour Gold championship doubled after Sharon Wee and Lim Yoke Wah also survived the women's qualifiers.

Butt, a 19-year-old world junior championships runner-up, defeated New Zealand's world No48 Kashif Shuja and will now meet compatriot Aamir Atlas Khan, the No8 seed, in Wednesday's first round.

Farhan Mehboob also secured a qualifying slot for Pakistan when he beat Egypt's higher-ranked Omar Abdel Aziz 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5. The 18-year-old from Peshawar also faces a fellow countryman in the first round when he takes on seventh seed Mansoor Zaman, also from Peshawar.

Sharon Wee beat fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-3 in the women's qualifiers - and will now meet Egypt's sixth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Lim Yoke Wah scored a notable victory when she beat Line Hansen. The higher-ranked Dane has won three WISPA Tour titles in KL since May - but the 21-year-old Malaysian delighted local fans when she won 9-4, 10-8, 9-7 to set up a surprise first round encounter with England's fifth seed Vicky Botwright.

Men's qualifying finals:
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 (32m)
Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Kashif Shuja (NZL) 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (40m)
Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-10 (4-2) (57m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)

Women's qualifying finals:
Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 (30m)
Sharon Wee (MAS) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-3 (58m)
Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 9-4, 10-8, 9-7 (30m)
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-2, 9-2, 9-5 (17m)