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Qualifying Begins in FMC International


The first round of qualifying at the 4th FMC International Men’s Squash Championship, PSA M15 tournament saw the top two qualifying seeds, Bilal Zakir and Kashif Asif, seal their places in the next round after wins over Kashif Arif and Salman Saleem, respectively.

Zakir is appearing at just his second PSA World Tour event of 2016 and was in devastating form against Arif, taking the victory in straight games courtesy of a comfortable 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 victory.

The World No.274 will go up against Raees Khan for a place in the main draw after Khan eased past number five qualifying seed Asif Khan Khalil with a 3-0 triumph.

Asif, meanwhile, put in a powerful performance against Salman Saleem to seal his place in the final round of qualifying. Asif dropped just three points as he surged to a one-game lead and he kept up the onslaught in games two and three to secure the win and set up a final qualifying round clash with Zeeshan Khan after he came back from 2-0 down to beat Moin Rauf.

Elsewhere, Faraz Muhammad recovered from a game down to defeat Mohammad Naeem and his reward is a meeting with Aqib Hanif, who dispatched Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari.

Waqas Mehboob and Mehran Javed will face off in the other final qualifying round fixture after they claimed respective wins against Muhammad Ibrahim Noorani and Chaudhary Nasir Anwar.

Results – First Qualifying Round: 4th FMC International Men’s Squash Championship 2016
[1] Bilal Zakir (PAK) bt Kashif Arif (PAK) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
[L] Raees Khan (PAK) bt [5] Asif Khan Khalil (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt [6] Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
[3] Faraz Muhammad (PAK) bt [L] Mohammad Naeem (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-7
[L] Mehran Javed (PAK) bt [4] Chaudhary Nasir Anwar (PAK) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
[L] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt [7] Muhammad Ibrahim Noorani (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-4
[8] Zeeshan Khan (PAK) bt [L] Moin Rauf (PAK) 3-2: 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
[2] Kashif Asif (PAK) bt Salman Saleem (PAK) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-6

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Bilal Zakir (PAK) v [L] Raees Khan (PAK)
Aqib Hanif (PAK) v [3] Faraz Muhammad (PAK)
[L] Mehran Javed (PAK) v [L] Waqas Mehboob (PAK)
[8] Zeeshan Khan (PAK) v [2] Kashif Asif (PAK)

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