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COMBAXX International PSF Championship 2022

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$12,000 Men's COMBAXX International PSF Championship 2022, Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad, Pakistan, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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COMBAXX International PSF Championship 2022
Men's Draw
24 - 28 Aug
Islamabad, Pakistan, $12k

ROUND TWO
25 AUG
QUARTERS
26 AUG
SEMIS
27 AUG
FINAL
28 AUG

[2] Noor Zaman (PAK)
11-4, 11-8 rtd (19m)
[9/16] Farhan Mehboob (PAK)

Noor Zaman
11-3, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (32m)
Farhan Zaman
Noor Zaman
11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 (50m)
Muhammad Ashab Irfan
Noor Zaman
11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)
Nasir Iqbal
[5] Farhan Zaman (PAK)
11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 (39m)
Muhammad Ammad (PAK)
[7] Muhammad Ashab Irfan (PAK)
10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (45m)
Naveed Rehman (PAK)
Muhammad Ashab Irfan
11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 14-12 (60m)
Hafiz Zhafri
[3] Alireza Shameli (IRI)
12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
Hafiz Zhafri (MAS)
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (29m)
[9/16] Salman Saleem (PAK)
Nasir Iqbal
11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (45m)
Hamza Khan

Nasir Iqbal
11-8, 8-11, 11-6,
10-12, 11-7 (48m)
Abdalah El Masry
[8] Hamza Khan (PAK)
5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (42m)
Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI)
[6] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK)
11-8, 11-4, 11-3 (24m)
[9/16] Zahir Shah (PAK)
Ahsan Ayaz
11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (36m)
Abdalah El Masry
[9/16] Abdalah El Masry (EGY)
11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (28m)
[1] Khaled Labib (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[2] Noor Zaman (PAK) bye
[9/16] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [WC] Moeen Ud Din (PAK) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (13m)
Muhammad Ammad (PAK) bt [9/16] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 (22m)
[5] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bye
[7] Muhammad Ashab Irfan (PAK) bye
Naveed Rehman (PAK) bt [9/16] Saeed Abdul (PAK) 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (45m)
Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) bt [9/16] Zeeshan Zeb (PAK) 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (59m)
[3] Alireza Shameli (IRI) bye
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bye
[9/16] Salman Saleem (PAK) bt Abdelrahman Nassar (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (41m)
Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI) bt [9/16] Duncan Lee (MAS) 12-10, 11-6, 11-9 (30m)
[8] Hamza Khan (PAK) bye
[6] Ahsan Ayaz (PAK) bye
[9/16] Zahir Shah (PAK) bt [WC] Talha Saeed (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (14m)
[9/16] Abdalah El Masry (EGY) bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (21m)
[1] Khaled Labib (EGY) bye

REPORTS

Zaman and Iqbal To Contest Final

It will be the two highest-ranked Pakistanis in the draw that will meet in the final of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament in Islamabad, with Nour Zaman and Nasir Iqbal set to meet at the Mushaf Squash Complex on Sunday.

In the semis, Iqbal, who has been ranked as high as World No.35 during his career, took on the tournamentís surprise package, Abdallah Elmasry, for a place in the final. The Egyptian had already taken out the top seed earlier in the week, and was looking to cause another big upset.

It as the Pakistani who took the lead on two occasions in the match, but he saw Elmasry fight back to level on both occasions, including seeing the Egyptian win the fourth game on a tie-break 12-10. Iqbal regrouped, taking the fifth game 11-7 in a rapid fire contest that lasted just 48 minutes, booking his place in the final of the tournament he won twelve months earlier.

Aiming to take the crown away from him will be 18-year-old Nour Zaman, the World No.110. The Pakistani junior, who featured for his country at the WSF World Junior Championships in France earlier this month, is the No.2 seed for the competition, and has been relatively unchallenged throughout so far.

In the semis, he took on compatriot and No.7 seed Muhammad Ashab Irfan, and started strongly, moving out into a two-game lead. Irfan fought back to take the third 11-6, and it looked like he might send the contest into a deciding game, but Zaman was able to battle in the fourth, taking it 12-10 to win 3-1 and to advance to the final in Islamabad.

The final of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament will take place on Sunday, August 28, with Pakistanís Noor Zaman and Nasir Iqbal going head-to-head for the Challenger 10 level title on home soil in Islamabad.
 
Elmasry Halts Pakistani Dominance

The third day of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament saw another surprise result, and it was one that ensured it would not be Pakistani dominance in the semi-finals, as Egyptís Abdallah Elmasry took out seeded opposition for the second day in succession.

The Egyptian, who came into the Challenger 10 level competition in Islamabad, Pakistan unseeded, got the better of the tournamentís top seed, Khaled Labib, on Thursday, and on Friday afternoon at the Mushaf Squash Complex, he caused another upset.

Elmasry took on the eventís No.6 seed Ahsan Ayaz for a place in the las four of the competition, and he was the only man to win in straight games. He took the first game 11-8, before comfortably doubling his advantage in the contest. That form continued into the third, and although it was much tighter, he took it 11-9 to advance. The Egyptian will now face No.4 seed, and former World No.35, Nasir Iqbal, in the semi-finals.

The other match in the last four will see No.2 seed Nour Zaman, the leading Pakistani in the draw, take on compatriot Muhammad Ashab Irfan, the No.7 seed. Both men won their respective quarter final contest in four games, and will do battle for a place in the final on Saturday.

The semi-finals of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament will take place on Saturday, August 27, with the last four doing battle for places in Sundayís finals in Islamabad.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on 
Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.
Two Of Top Three Seeds Out

It was a shocking second day at the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament, as two of the top three seeds, including the eventís top seed, were knocked out of the Challenger 10 level competition.

The biggest story of the day saw the tournamentís top seed, Khaled Labib, defeated by fellow Egyptian Abdallah Elmasry in straight games. Elmasry, the World No.176, was in complete control throughout the contest, winning 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 in less than half an hour, to book his place in the last eight of the event in Islamabad.

Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri also caused a big upset as he got the better of No.3 seed Alireza Shameli, the Iranian No.1, also in straight games. Winning the first game on a tie-break was crucial for the Malaysian, who went on to win in three in 32 minutes, to advance to the quarter finals.

Elsewhere, Pakistanís Hamza Khan, the No.8 seed for the event, had to fight his way past Iranís Sepehr Etemadpoor, with the 18-year-old eventually winning in five, after seeing the Iranian come back to take the fourth game. The rest of the draw will be filled by Pakistanis on home soil, with Noor and Farhan Zaman to face each other in one of the key clashes on quarter finals day.

The quarter finals of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament will take place on Friday, August 26, with the last eight doing battle to try and reach the semi-finals of the Challenger 10 level tournament.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.
 
Wildcard Ammad Among Surprise Winners

Muhammad Ammad and Wee Ming Hock on court during their first round match in Islamabad
Muhammad Ammad

The opening day of the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament saw several surprises in terms of seeding, with the biggest of those seeing wildcard Muhammad Ammad take out Malaysiaís Wee Ming Hock in their first round contest in Islamabad.

The Challenger 10 level tournament is taking place at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad, Pakistan, with 24 players in action, the majority of those hailing from the host nation.

Ammad, the World No.546 coming into the competition, took on Malaysiaís Wee Ming Hock in the first round, and despite being more than 300 places lower than his opponent in the rankings, he completely outclassed him. The Pakistani youngster, only born in 2005, won in straight games and dropped just ten points, en route to an 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 victory in 22 minutes. He will now face No.5 seed Farhan Zaman in the second round on Thursday.

Another Pakistani to cause an upset on the first day in Islamabad was Naveed Rehman, as he got the better of Saeed Abdul. Rehman took the first two games to hold a commanding advantage, and then was able to regroup after Abdul won the third. He eventually took the win in four after 45 minutes, to book his spot in the next round, where he will now take on No.7 seed Muhammad Ashab Irfan.

The only match to go to five games on the opening day of the Challenger 10 level competition was the contest between Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri and Pakistanís Zeeshan Zeb. The latter took a two-game lead, but saw the Malaysian fight back to send the tie into a decider. In the end, Zhafri came through in five, winning the deciding game 11-4, to book his spot in the last 16 of the tournament.

Iranís Sepehr Etemadpoor was the fourth man to take a surprise victory on the opening day, as he got the better of Malaysiaís Duncan Lee in straight games. A first game tie-break was crucial, with the Iranian winning it 12-10, before then going on to win in three to book his spot in the next round, joining compatriot and No.3 seed for the tournament Alireza Shameli.

The PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament continues on Thursday, August 25, with the top eight seeds making their bows in the event in Islamabad.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.
 
Zaman Aiming For Maiden Title



The first of three tournaments taking place on the Tour this week will be the PSF-COMBAXX International Squash Tournament, with the Challenger 10 level menís event taking place in Islamabad, Pakistan from Wednesday, August 24 to Sunday, August 28.

Egyptís Khaled Labib will be the tournamentís top seed, with the World No.98 aiming to claim his maiden title on Tour. The only other non-Pakistani inside the top eight seeds will be Iranian No.1 Alireza Shameli, who is looking to secure his first title on foreign soil.

18-year-old Noor Zaman will be the No.2 seed, and the leading Pakistani in the field on home soil. He has just come back from representing his nation at the WSF World junior Championships, and he is proud of putting on his countryís colours once again.

ďI feel great that I have bought honour and dignity for my country. I feel super energetic and looking forward to claim the title,Ē Zaman explained.

ďIf I play well, I can claim the title and Iím confident about my game and morale for my maiden title.Ē

Zaman currently sits at World No.110, having been just outside the worldís top 100 for the last few months. He is hoping that some good performances in his next few events will help him push into that top 100 mark for the first time.

ď[In] claiming one or two international titles, the journey to world top 100 can be done, and Iím sure it will happen soon,Ē he said.

The rest of the top eight seeds will also be filled with home hopes aiming to win in their own nation. Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman, Ahsan Ayaz, Muhammad Ashab irfan and Hamza Khan will all be in action.

Elsewhere in the draw, another Iranian in Sepher Etemadpoor will join a further pair of Egyptians in Abdelrahman Nassar and Abdallah Elmasry. The Malaysian trio of Duncan Lee, Wee Ming Hock and Hafiz Zhafri will make up the rest of the 24-strong draw.

The event takes place from Wednesday, August 24 to Sunday, August 28 at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad, where Noor Zaman will be the leading Pakistani for the tournament. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.