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Wildcard Noor Zaman stuns world no.114 Ahmed Hosny in Serena Hotels-Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournament 2019 first round

World no.532 Noor Zaman shocked Egyptian Ahmed Hosny by 3-1 in the first round match of the $20,000 Serena Hotels-Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournament 2019 being played at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad.

Grandson of squash legend Qamar Zaman, Noor Zaman, who according to Professional Squash Association (PSA) is not among the top 500 players of the world, defeated world number 114 Ahmed Hosny and fully justified his selection by surprising his superior opponent in the first round match.

Noor started the first game well by taking a hefty lead before Hosny staged a mini-comeback to make it 9-all. But Noor then fought back well to win the game 11-9. After playing so well, Noor allowed his opponent to play freely, who fully took the advantage and won the second game 11-5.

Noor then prevailed over his opponent to win the third game 11-5 and won the fourth 11-4 to complete a memorable victory.

Pakistan’s Amaad Fareed and Farhan Zaman also registered victories while other top local players got byes in the first round.

Amaad beat Malaysia’s Darren Rahul Pragasam 11-2, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8 (while Farhan Zaman beat fellow local Zeb 11-5, 12-10, 11-9)

The second round matches will start today (Monday) at 12:00pm.

PSF Senior Vice President Air Vice Marshal Aamir Masood also visited Mushaf Squash Complex and witnessed the matches. He also had detailed interaction with local and foreign players, who were present at the event, while IPC Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani was also there to witness the matches.

Men’s first round Results:
PlayervsPlayerScore line 
Chi Him Wong (Hong Kong)defIsrar Ahmad (Pakistan)9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-6
Curtis Malik (England)defMohammad Alsaraj (Jordan)11-8, 12-14, 11-5, 13-15, 11-6
Amaad Fareed (Pakistan)defDarren Rahul Pragasam (Malaysia)11-2, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8
Farhan Zaman (Pakistan)def Zeeshan Zeb (Pakistan)11-5, 12-10, 11-9
Noor Zaman (Pakistan)defAhmed Hosny (Egypt) 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4
Yahya Elnawasany (Egypt) defAqeel Rehman (Austria)9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3
Yannik Omlor (Germany)defKhaled Labib (Egypt)11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7
Tang Ming Hong (Hong Kong)defOng Sai Hung (Malaysia)4-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3
Women’s first round Results:
PlayervsPlayerScore line 
Hana Moataz (Egypt)defMaira Hussain (Pakistan) 11-1, 11-5, 11-1
Shahd El Refaey (Egypt)defRushna Mehboob (Pakistan) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4
Moqaddas Ashraf (Pakistan)defNimra Aqeel (Pakistan)11-3, 11-5, 11-2
Saima Shaukat (Pakistan) defKomal Khan (Pakistan) 11-8, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8
Faiza Zafar (Pakistan) defZynab Khan (Pakistan)11-4, 11-6, 11-7
Anam Mustafa Aziz (Pakistan)defNoorena Shams (Pakistan) 11-2, 11-1, 11-0
Amna Fayyaz (Pakistan) defIlsa Imran (Pakistan) 11-9, 11-2, 11-4
 Madina Zafar (Pakistan) defNoor ul Huda (Pakistan) 11-4, 7-11, 11-2, 11-6

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