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Atlas Khan & El Shorbagy To Contest World Junior Final

31 Jul 2008

The final of the Men's World Junior Championship in Zurich will be the clash predicted by the seedings - but Pakistan favourite Aamir Atlas Khan and Egypt's second seed Mohamed El Shorbagy reached the climax of the biennial World Squash Federation championship, being staged for the first time in Switzerland, in contrasting styles.

Khan, who celebrated his 18th birthday 24 hours earlier, cruised to a 9-1, 9-1, 9-6 victory in 40 minutes over compatriot Waqar Mehboob, a 5/8 seed.

Kahn - who has reached the final without dropping a game - is now one match away from becoming the first Pakistani to win the title since his legendary uncle Jansher Khan, the record eight-time senior World Open champion, in 1986.

The other semi-final pitched El Shorbagy against local hero Nicolas Mueller, the third seed and former European Junior champion from Switzerland.

With the crowd backing Mueller all the way, the Swiss teenager twice clawed back game leads by the higher-ranked Egyptian.

But, after 67 minutes, it was El Shorbagy who prevailed, winning 9-7, 9-10, 9-4, 1-9, 9-5 to take his expected place in Friday's final.

Semi-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [5/8] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 9-1, 9-1, 9-6 (40m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 9-7, 9-10, 9-4, 1-9, 9-5 (67m)