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Ubaid wins All Pakistan Juniors U-15 Squash Championship
Sports Bulletin Report PESHAWAR: Ubaid Ullah controlled Hamza Zahid 3-1 in the final of the All Pakistan Junior Boys Under-15 Championship that concluded here under the auspices of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Squash Association (KPSA) here at Qamar Zaman Squash Complex, Qayyum Stadium. The final score-line was 12-10, 11-3, 4-11 and 11-8. General Secretary KP Squash Association Mansoor Zaman graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest. Squash legend Mohibullah Khan, Aamir Atlas, Amjad Khan, Finance Secretary KP SA Wazir Mohammad chief organizer and Directorate Coaches Munawar Zaman, Tahir Iqbal, chief referee Adil Faqir Fazal Khalil Executive Member KP SA Naimatullah, Alam Zeb and other personalities were present on this occasion. Results (Results I): Ubaid Ullah (KP) beat Mohammad Talha (KP) 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-3) Yahya Asad (PAF) beat Rehan Alamgir (KP) 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-8) Mohammad Ali Khan (KP) beat Mohammad Anis Sajjad (KP) 3-2 (11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 8-11, 11-2) Usman Tahir (PB) beat Mohammad Habib (KP) 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-4) Kamran Khan (PB) beat Habib Moaizam (PB) 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-8) Hamza Khan (PAF) beat Abdullah Zaman (PAF) 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 3-11, 11-8) Malik Asim (KP) beat Umer Farooq Butt (PB) 3-1 (11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10) Haris Zahid (PAF) beat Arman Ali Shah (KP) 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-3) Results (Quarterfinals): Ubaid Ullah (KP) beat Yahya Asad (PAF) 3-0 (11-9, 11-2, 12-10) Usman Tahir (PB) beat Mohammad Ali Khan (KP) 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7) Hamza Khan (PAF) beat Kamran Khan (PB) 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-7) Haris Zahid (PAF) beat Malik Asim (KP) 3-0 (11-1, 11-5, 13-11) Results (Semifinal): Ubaid Ullah (KP) beat Usman Tahir (PB) 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-3) Hamza Zahid (PAF) beat Haris Khan (PAF) 3-2 (11-9, 13-11, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9) Results (Final): Ubaid Ullah (KP) beat Hamza Zahid (PAF) 3-1 (12-10, 11-3, 4-11, 11-8)

SQUASH - Int News16 Nov 2022

Huzaifa Ibrahim hopes for remarkable performance in US Open Squash
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: The rising squash player, Huzaifa Ibrahim has said that he would produce sparkling performance in the upcoming US Open Squash Championship 2022, which will be held from December 17 to 20, 2022 at Arlen Specter Center in Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA). While talking to this reporter over his mobile from the USA, he further said that he had won the recently concluded Under-19 Singles fixture of the Frank-Millet Junior Squash Championships 2022 in Allston Massachusetts, USA. “I am toiling hard on the court to do well in the next tournament, as my mentor Mohammad Mohsin Khan is also working with me and ready to show impressive performance in the US Open Juniors’ Squash Championship, “he added. “Mohsin Khan trained me from the beginning when I was just 8. He told me how to grip a squash racket. I hope under his control I will learn more squash and enhance my game skills to reach on top in the international squash circuit. Mohsin Khan also coached top national lads including Faraz Khan from USA. My coach and I are focusing on the US Juniors’ Open 2022, as we worked hard during the training sessions, “he replied. “Playing away from home is always a challenge and especially playing against an opponent in his own town, however, we hope for positive results. I want to move ahead internationally and raise the national green flag in the international squash courts. I am determined to make a big mark in the squash circuit, “he concluded.

SQUASH - Int News16 Nov 2022

Players announced for 2022 WSF Women World Team Championship
Sports Bulletin Report CAIRO: The squad list for the 2022 WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship has been announced, with teams from all over the globe selecting some of the world’s best players to battle it out in Madinaty Sport Club, Cairo, Egypt. The championship, which will be played from December 10 to 16, 2022 and is set to feature 17 teams, is a biennial international tournament which sees four-player squads from each country compete in best-of-three-match clashes. For hosts and defending champions Egypt, World No.1 Nouran Gohar leads a devastatingly strong team that boasts four of the world’s top six players. The 25-year-old, who won the 2016 and 2018 World Team Championships, is joined by three-time champion and World No.2 Nour El Sherbini, World No.3 and Women’s World Team Championship debutant Hania El Hammamy, and two-time champion and World No.6 Nour El Tayeb. The USA, who will be hoping to improve on fifth-place finishes in 2018, 2016, and 2014, will travel with what is arguably the strongest ever US Team assembled, with World No.4 Amanda Sobhy, World No.11 Olivia Fiechter, World No.18 – and younger sister to Amanda – Sabrina Sobhy, and World No.20 Olivia Clyne selected. England, seven-time winners and runners up in the last edition, will go in with confidence after winning the most recent European Team Championships. World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry leads the team, with World No.9 and 2022 Commonwealth Games singles gold medallist Georgina Kennedy, World No.27 Jasmine Hutton and World No.30 Lucy Turmel completing the lineup. Squad of participating countries: Australia: (Donna Lobban, Jessica Turnbull, Alexandra Haydon, Sarah Cardwell) Canada: (Hollie Naughton, Danielle Letourneau, Nicole Bunyan, Nikole Todd) Chinese Taipei: (Yi-Hsuan Lee, Yuan Wang, Wei-Ting Huang, Yi-Chun Wu) Egypt: (Nouran Gohar, Nour El Sherbini, Hania El Hammamy, Nour El Tayeb) England: (Sarah-Jane Perry, Georgina Kennedy, Jasmine Hutton, Lucy Turmel) Finland: (Emilia Soini, Emilia Korhonen, Riina Koskinen, Maarit Ekholm-Mangaonkar) France: (Mélissa Alves, Camille Serme, Coline Aumard, Énora Villard) Germany: (Saskia Beinhard, Sharon Sinclair, Katerina Tycova, Maya Weishar) Hong Kong, China: (Tze Lok Ho, Sin Yuk Chan, Ka Yi Lee, Tsz Wing Tong) Japan: (Satomi Watanabe, Akari Midorikawa, Risa Sugimoto, Erisa Sano Herring) Malaysia: (Aifa Azman, Rachel Arnold, Chan Yiwen, Yee Xin Ying) Scotland: (Lisa Aitken, Georgia Adderley, Alison Thomson, Katriona Allen) South Africa: (Alexandra Fuller, Lizelle Muller, Cheyna Wood, Hayley Ward) Switzerland: (Cindy Merlo, Nadia Pfister, Celine Walser, Ambre Allinckx) Ukraine: (Anastasiia Kostiukova, Milena Velychko, Anastasiia Krykun, Daria Vlasenko) USA: (Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Fiechter, Sabrina Sobhy, Olivia Clyne) Wales (Tesni Evans, Emily Whitlock, Lowri Roberts, Stacey Gooding)

SQUASH - Int News04 Nov 2022

Women Squash Championship: 18 teams ready to fight for title
Sports Bulletin Report Cairo (Egypt): As many as 18 countries will take part in the World Squash Federation (WSF) Women’s World Team Squash Championship, which will be held from December 10 to 16 this year 2022 at Cairo’s Madinaty Sports Club Egypt. It is important to mention here that this premier international squash tournament in the women’s game was postponed in 2018 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Women’s World Team Squash Championships is a biennial international tournament which sees four-player squads from each country face it out in best-of-three-match clashes. Besides hosts and defending champions Egypt, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States of America (USA), Wales will fight for top honour in the 7-day international squash showpiece. Hosts and defending champions Egypt will go in as strong favourites. Three of the four players who won the Dalian 2018 tournament still play at the highest level, with Nouran Gohar ranked World No.1, Nour El Sherbini ranked World No.2 and Nour El Tayeb ranked World No.6. 22-year-old Hania El Hammamy is expected to add to the reigning champions’ already considerable firepower, with the World No.3 beginning the 2022/23 PSA World Tour season with a win at the Platinum-level CIB Egyptian Open. Joining Egypt as a fancied team will be England, beaten finalists in 2018 and winners of this year’s European Team Championship. Since the 2-0 defeat to Egypt in China, England have added a number of young and dangerous players to the squad, including Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Georgina Kennedy, who took the squash world by storm last year as she rose from World No.185 in May 2021 to World No.8 in July 2022. Also, tipped as a team to watch is the USA. Team USA’s best-ever finish was fifth in 2018, 2016, and 2014, but this year will have a number of the game’s top players to choose from, including World No.4 Amanda Sobhy, World No.11 Olivia Fiechter, World No.18 – and younger sister of Amanda – Sabrina Sobhy, and World No.20 Olivia Clyne. In an exciting addition, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine will make their World Team Championship debut, while former World No.2 Camille Serme – who retired from the PSA World Tour in June 2022 – is set to make a competitive return to the sport for the France team..  

SQUASH - Int News01 Nov 2022

Asian Squash: Pakistan beaten by India and Kuwait in straight games 3-0
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan embarrassed back-to-back two defeats in the ongoing 21st Asian Squash Team Championship for Men & Women at Cheongju International Squash Stadium, Korea, as India and Kuwait outclassed Pakistan in straight games 3-0. No one Pakistan lad even could win a single game in six matches. Pakistan team lost to India by 0-3 in the morning session. Abhay Singh beat Farhan Mehboob 11-5, 11-8, 11-8, Ramit Tandon beat Mohammad Hamza Khan 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 and Saurav Ghosal beat Noor Zaman 11-5, 11-6, 11-3. In their 4th match, Pakistan lost to Kuwait by 0-3. Ali Alramezi beat Mohammad Hamza Khan 11-5, 11-9, 12-10, Abdullah Almezayen beat Ahsan Ayaz 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 and Ammar Altamimi beat Noor Zaman 11-3, 11-2, 11-0.

SQUASH - Int News01 Nov 2022

Pakistan claim two wins in Asian Squash Team Championship
Sports Bulletin Report Islamabad: Pakistan men have won two matches against Chinese Taipei and Korea respectively in the 21st Asian Squash Team Championship for Men and Women at Cheongju International Squash Stadium, Korea. According to an official of Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), in the first Pool match Pakistan outclassed Chinese Taipei 3-0 in the morning session. Noor Zaman beat Cheng-Yao Huang 11-8, 8-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-7, Farhan Mehboob beat Chih-Yu Wee 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 and Mohammad Hamza Khan beat Wun-Lin Chen 11-4, 11-6, 11-6. Later on in the 2nd match, Pakistan thrashed hosts Korea in similar style 3-0.  Noor Zaman beat Minwoo Lee with the score-line of 2-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8, Farhan Mehboob overcame Jooyoung Na 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 and Mohammad Hamza Khan defeated Se-Hyun Lee at 11-3, 11-6, 15-13. Pakistan squash team is participating in the men’s event only. A total of 12 men’s teams have been divided into two Pools. India, Qatar, Pakistan, Kuwait, Korea and Chinese Taipei are placed in Pool-A while Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Philippines and Singapore are in Pool-B.

SQUASH - Int News28 Oct 2022

Seven-Member Pakistan Squash Contingent to leave for Korea today
AA Report ISLAMABAD: A 7-member Pakistani contingent comprising four players and three officials will leave for Korea on Friday (today) to participate in the 21st Asian Men’s Squash Team Championship, which will be held from October 31 to November 4, 2022 at Cheongju International Squash Stadium, Korea. According to a spokesman for Pakistan Squash Federation (SF), four players Hamza Khan, Noor Zaman Khan, Ahsan Ayaz and Farhan Mehboob Khan will visit Korea for regional squash event and three officials Ali Saud Hassan (Manager), Zulfiqar Ali Khan (Coach) and Mohammad Boota (Physical Trainer) will travel aling with players. A total of 12 men’s teams will fight for top honour, as they divided into two groups. India, Qatar, Pakistan, Kuwait, Korea and Taipei are placed in Pool-A while Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Philippines and Singapore are bracketed in Pool-B. Pakistan team will play against Taipei on 31 Oct (morning) and in the 2nd match Pakistan will play against Korea in the evening session on the same day.  

SQUASH - Int News24 Oct 2022

Pakistan 4-man team to participate in the Asian Squash Team Championship
faisal  ISLAMABAD: A 4-man Pakistan Squash team along with two officials will visit Korea to participate in the 21st Asian Men’s Team Event Championship, which will be held from October 31 to November 4, 2022, in Cheongju, Korea. Pakistan team will consist of Farhan Mehboob, Nasir Iqbal, Noor Zaman Khan and Hamza Khan while Zulfiqar Khan and Ali Saud will accompany the players as a coach and manager respectively. The contingent will leave for Korea on October 27, 2022. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan have won this title 15 times in the past, as they earned this honour last time in 2016. Malaysia will defend their title this year 2022. Pakistan got the second position thrice while 3rd once in the history of Asian Squash.

SQUASH - Int News23 Oct 2022

CAS Squash: Egyptian men and women plunder the dollars
Mostafafa El Sirty wins Men’s title while Fayrouz Abielkheir lifts Women’s title faisal ISLAMABAD: Top seed Egyptian players Mostafafa El Sirty won the Men’s title while Fayrouz Abielkheir also from Egypt claimed Women’s title of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Squash Championship 2022 after beating their compatriot opponent in finals at Mushaf Squash Complex Islamabad on Sunday. In the men’s final, top seed and World No 27 Moustafa El Sirty from Egypt got rid of his challenger World No 28 Mohamed ElSherbini also from Egypt also from Egypt 3-1. The final score-line was 4-11, 11-5, 11-8 and 11-7, as the championship match lasted 49 minutes. The winner pocketed US$4693 while runner-up got US$2964 along with shining trophies. International referee Asif Khan supervised the final. Earlier, in the women’s final that was played between a duo of Egyptian girls, world No 72 Fayrouz Aboelkheir overcame world No 82 Malak Khafagy 3-2 in a thrilling final. At one stage in the 5th game, Malak was ahead with 10-8 and had two match points but she could not maintain the pace and lost the final game at 10-12. The final score-line was 6-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 and 12-10 after 37 minutes of game. Fayrouz received US$1805 with the trophy while Malak got US$1140 along with the trophy. Sajjad Khan conducted the women's final as official referee. Air Marshal Mohammad Zahid Mahmood, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force graced the closing ceremony as chief guest and awarded trophies and prize money to the finalists.

SQUASH - Int News22 Oct 2022

CAS Squash: Egyptian players Mustafa and ElSherbini qualify for final
AA Report ISLAMABAD: Duo Egyptian lads, top seed Mustafa El Sirty and Mohamed ElSherbini moved into the men’s final of the ongoing Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Squash championship 2022 after beating their opponents in the semifinals here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Saturday. Final will be played on Sunday at the same venue. Results (Men’s Event): In the 1st Semi Final, World No 27 Mustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt World No 65 Balazs Farkas (HUN) 11-5, 9-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6.  The match lasted for 61 Min.  In the 2nd Semi Final World No 28 Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt World No 45 Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. The match lasted for 44 Min. Results (Women’s Event): In the 1st Semi Final World No 82 Malik Khafagy (EGY) bt World No 157 Nour Heikal (EGY) 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7.  The match lasted for 49 Min whereas, in the 2nd Semi Final World No 73 Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt World No 70 Marta Dominguez Fernandez (ESP) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8. The match lasted for 18 Min.