Asim shocks Malaysia’s Amir to win U-19 title
KARACHI, Oct 20: Second seed Asim Khan, a native of Lahore, did his country proud when he stunned top seed Malaysian Mohammad Amir Farhan bin Impandir in the well contested final to win his maiden boys’ under-19 title in the sixth DG Rangers Sindh international junior open squash championship at Rangers Jahangir Khan squash complex on Saturday.
Displaying awesome performance, Asim brushed aside his opponent 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 in 50-minute enthralling final to win the honours, his first title in the age category after a successful end to under-17 where he has won national as well as Roshan Khan titles in addition to winning Penang Open and runner-up in Milo Open in Malaysia.
However, Malaysians earned some consolation when their top seed Darren Chan Ti Lunn gets the better of fellow countryman and second seed Al Nick Ally bin Abd Rahim 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 in 38-minutes to capture the under-17 title.
Prodigy Sumaid Rasheed also created quite a stir while routing top seed Faizan Khan 11-4, 14-12, 3-11, 11-7 to bag under-15 crown.
Contrary to the boys’ finals, the girls’ under-19 and under-15 battles went to full distance.
Outsider Saadia Gul from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recovered from 1-2 down to beat third seed Samar Anjum of Punjab in gruelling
five games 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10 in 74-minutes to land the under-19 title.
Top seed Madina Zafar from Sindh lived up to her billing imposing to 11-13, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Sri Lankan Fathoum Issadeen, the second seed, to pick up under-15 title.
Lt General Mohammad Ijaz Chaudhary, Commander 5 Corps, who graced the closing ceremony, gave away the prizes. Cash prizes of US $ 11,000 were distributed among the winners and runners-up of different categories.
Secretary of the Asian Squash Federation (ASF), K. Sivanesen, was also present.
Boys’ under-19: Asim Khan (Punjab) bt Mohammad Amir Farhan bin Impandir (Malaysia) 11-6, 11-5, 13-11.
Boys’ under-17: Darren Chan Ti Lunn (Malaysia) bt Al Nick Ally bin Abd Rahim (Malaysia) 11-6, 12-10, 11-8.
Boys’ under-15: Sumaid Rasheed (Punjab) bt Faizan Khan (PAF) 11-4, 14-12, 3-11, 11-7.
Boys’ under-13: Abbas Zaib (PAF) bt Uzair Rasheed (Punjab) 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9.
Boys’ under-11: Harris Qasim (Punjab) bt Rashid Daulat (PAF) 11-5, 11-2, 11-7.
Girls’ under-19: Saadia Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) bt Samar Anjum (Punjab) 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10.
Girls’ U-15: Final: Madina Zafar (Sindh) bt Fathoum Issadeen (Sri Lanka) 11-13, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8.