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Giant-Killer Khan Carries On In Islamabad

25 Aug 2005

Giant-killer Aamir Atlas Khan, the 15-year-old Pakistani qualifier who caused a massive first round upset by removing the top seed Ong Beng Hee, continued his impressive progress in the CAS International when he defeated compatriot Safeer Ullah Khan to reach the semi-finals of the $25,000 PSA Tour event in Islamabad, Pakistan.

It took the teenage prodigy from Peshawar, a nephew of the legendary Jansher Khan, just 19 minutes to wrap up his 11-4 11-3 11-7 victory to make a first-time appearance in the last four of a PSA Tour event.

Khan now faces the Pakistan No2 Mansoor Zaman, who needed five games to overcome compatriot Majid Khan, a qualifier, 11-6 6-11 11-2 8-11 11-6 in 41 minutes.

The other semi-final will feature England's second seed Adrian Grant and No3 seed Mohammed Abbas, from Egypt. Left-hander Grant dismissed fellow countryman Jonathan Kemp, the sixth seed, 11-6 11-10 11-3 in 27 minutes, while Abbas fought back from 0/2 down to end any further Pakistan interest in the lower half of the draw when he beat unseeded Yasir Butt 9-11 3-11 11-8 11-9 11-7 in 47 minutes.

Quarter-finals:
[Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Safeer Ullah Khan (PAK) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (19m)
[4] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Majid Khan (PAK) 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-6 (41m)
[3] Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt Yasir Butt (PAK) 9-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (47m)
[2] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [6] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-6, 11-10 (6-4), 11-3 (27m)