ISLAMABAD - Pakistani boys thrashed Qatar and Iran to start their Asian Junior Squash Team Championship campaign on a high note at Seoul, Korea on Thursday.
Pakistan’s Ali Bokhari beat Qatar’s Abdulla M Al-Tammimi by staging a great comeback. Ali was 2-0 down in the match and was trailing in the third game, but Ali regrouped himself and turned the table on his Qatari rival. Abdulla won the first game 11-8 and second 11-8, but Ali bounced backed in style and won the next three games in a row to win the match 3-2 with the score line of 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 and 12-10 and gave Pakistan 1-0 lead.
In the second match, Pakistan's Tayyab Aslam brushed aside Syed Azlan Amjad 3-0. Tayyab won 11-4, 11-6 and 11-2. In the third match, Ammad Fareed played against Abdul Wahab Al-Ishaq. Ammad was in no mood of letting his opponent off the hook as he thrashed Wahab 11-1, 11-1 and 11-0.
Pakistan played their second match of the day against Iran and also won it comfortably 3-0. Tayyab played the first match against Farza Shokouki and won the first game 11-7, but surprisingly, he lost the second game 8-11. Tayyab then won the next two games 11-7 and 11-7 to take the match.
Ammad played the second match against Soheil Ali Reza and comfortably won 11-7, 11-6 and 11-8. Pakistan's most experienced youngster Bilal Zakir played the third and last match against Ali Reza Shameli and won it 3-0. Bilal won 11-4, 11-5 and 11-6.
Pakistani girls, after second consecutive loss of the event, are almost out for the final race as they were beaten 3-0 by Hong Kong. Samar Anjum was outclassed by Ho Kg Po 11-8, 11-3 and 11-6 while Sadia Gul went down against Chan Pansy Poi Hei 11-7, 11-9 and 11-8. Riffat Khan lost her match against Ho Tze Lok 11-5, 11-5 and 11-7.