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Trio of Seeds Fall as CNS International Gets Under Way


British Junior Champion Youssef Soliman and Pakistani duo Farhan Mehboob and Tayyab Aslam all secured big upsets on the opening day of main draw action in the Pakistan Navy CNS International Squash Championship held at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

Soliman, 19, followed up his qualifying stage wins with a fine performance against Australia’s Rex Hedrick in round one, getting his tournament off to a superb start as he rose to an 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 win in 74 minutes.

Soliman is rewarded with a last eight clash against title favourite Omar Abdel Meguid, the World No.28 who axed tournament wildcard Asim Khan in straight games.

Mehboob, meanwhile, was in fine form to dispatch the experienced Dutchman Piedro Schweertman, with a 3-0 win sending him through to the quarter-final where he will meet compatriot Farhan Zaman.

Aslam is the other local player to make it through to the last eight after he shrugged off the attentions of World No.61 Mazen Gamal. World No.76 Aslam reached the semi-finals of the COAS International earlier this month and will face second seed Zahed Mohamed as he bids to at least match that finish.

Elsewhere, Welshman Peter Creed is coming off the back of a title win at last week’s LOC Charing Cross Classic and he maintained his fine form to overcome Shehab Essam. United States No.1 Todd Harrity lies in wait after the 26-year-old American eased past Abbas Shoukat.

Results – First Round: Pakistan Navy CNS International Squash Championship 2016
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [WC] Asim Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [5] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 (74m)
[Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [8] Piedro Schweertman (NED) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (23m)
[4] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-0: 14-12, 11-5, 13-11 (34m)
[3] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [Q] Abbas Shoukat (PAK) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (27m)
[7] Peter Creed (WAL) bt Shehab Essam (EGY) 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7 (62m)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 15-13 (68m)
[2] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (48m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) v [4] Farhan Zaman (PAK)
[3] Todd Harrity (USA) v [7] Peter Creed (WAL)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v [2] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)

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