Zamans Zapped In CAS Opener

19 Aug 07

Experienced Pakistan cousins Mansoor Zaman and Shahid Zaman both exited the CAS International on the opening day as younger players from the country pulled off major first round upsets in the $25,000 PSA Tour squash event in the Pakistan city of Islamabad.

Mansoor Zaman, the 27-year-old No3 seed from Peshawar, went down in straight games to unseeded compatriot Farhan Mehboob 11-8, 11-7, 11-10 (2-0) in just 28 minutes. Runner-up for the past two years, and champion of the established Pakistan event in 2001, Zaman was suffering his second defeat in two months to the 18-year-old - after losing to Mehboob in July's Malaysian Open.

Sixth seed Shahid Zaman, the 25-year-old from Quetta who has also twice reached the event's final, retired injured midway through the third game against Yasir Butt. The 19-year-old Pakistan qualifier from Lahore goes on to face Mehboob for a place in the semi-finals.

Top-seeded Malaysians Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar made it safely through to the quarter-finals - but favourite Ong Beng Hee was taken the full distance by Majid Khan before beating the unseeded Pakistani 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 in 59 minutes.

1st round:
[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Majid Khan (PAK) 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (59m)
[7] Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt [Q] Shah Nawaz (PAK) 11-10 (2-0), 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 (55m)
[4] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Khalid Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
[Q] Safeer Ullah Khan (PAK) bt [8] Amr Swelim (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 (50m)
[Q] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [6] Shahid Zaman (PAK) 9-11, 11-4, 5-1 ret.
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [3] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-8, 11-7, 11-10 (2-0) (28m)
[5] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Shamsul Islam Khan (PAK) 11-7, 6-11, 3-11, 11-1, 11-1 (29m)
[2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 11-0, 11-10 (2-0), 11-5 (32m)