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Yuen Earns Quarter-Final Berth In Zurich World Championship

30 Jul 2008

Malaysian Ivan Yuen, a 9/16 seed, became the only surprise name in the last eight line-up of the Men's World Junior Championship in Zurich after beating Pakistan's Farhan Zaman in the sixth round of the biennial World Squash Federation championship being staged for the first time in Switzerland.

Yuen, a 17-year-old from Selangor who was runner-up in the Asian Junior Championship in June, faced unexpected opponent Zaman in the last sixteen round after the 16-year-old from Peshawar pulled off a mighty upset earlier in the day when he beat England's 5/8 seed Joe Lee, the British Junior champion.

But the Malaysian repeated the victory he gained over Zaman in the Asian championship semi-final, recovering from a game down to win 0-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-7 in 66 minutes to secure his unexpected quarter-final slot.

Yuen will face second-seeded Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, who maintained his straight-games-winning-run in the event by beating India's Vikram Malhotra 9-7, 9-7, 9-7.

El Shorbagy is joined by Egyptian compatriot Andrew Wagih Shoukry in the last eight after the 5/8 seed defeated Pakistan's Mohd Shoaib Hassan 9-6, 3-9, 9-4, 9-4.

But Pakistan also have two players through to the quarters - with favourite Aamir Atlas Khan joined by 5/8 seed Waqar Mehboob. Khan, also yet to drop a game in Zurich, brushed aside the last remaining USA player Todd Harrity, winning 9-0, 9-2, 9-1.

Mehboob needed 67 minutes to overcome Hong Kong's Asian Junior champion Leo Au 9-2, 8-10, 9-4, 9-3 - and now faces fourth seed Gregoire Marche. But the Frenchman had to fight back from two games down to beat Egyptian Amr Khaled Khalifa 3-9, 1-9, 9-2, 9-5, 9-3 in 80 minutes to claim his anticipated place in Wednesday's action.

Third seed Nicolas Mueller continued to delight the local crowds by carving a path through to the quarter-finals without dropping a game. The 18-year-old from Hirzel, near Zurich, defeated Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad 9-1, 9-5, 9-7 - and now meets the only remaining Englishman in the draw. Adrian Waller, a 5/8 seed, beat Finland's Henrik Mustonen 9-1, 9-0, 9-1.

6th (last sixteen) round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [17/32] Todd Harrity (USA) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 (29m)
[5/8] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt [9/16] Mohd Shoaib Hassan (PAK) 9-6, 3-9, 9-4, 9-4 (61m)
[5/8] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt [9/16] Leo Au (HKG) 9-2, 8-10, 9-4, 9-3 (67m)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [9/16] Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) 3-9, 1-9, 9-2, 9-5, 9-3 (80m)
[3] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 9-1, 9-5, 9-7 (51m)
[5/8] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [9/16] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 (53m)
[9/16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [17/32] Farhan Zaman (PAK) 0-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-7 (66m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [9/16] Vikram Malhotra (IND) 9-7, 9-7, 9-7 (34m)