ISLAMABAD - Farhan Zaman moved into the semifinals of the $10,000 Life Time Florida Open 2015 as he thrashed 5th seed and world number 103 Englishman Angos Gillams in straight games in the quarterfinals played at Boca Raton, USA on Saturday.

Farhan, who is top seed in the event, talking exclusively to The Nation from Florida, USA said it was always fun of playing against tough opponents. “I was fully prepared for the English guy and was anxious to stamp out my authority. It was a very close first game, which could have gone either way. Gillams put his all and wanted to take the game to take early initiative. He was actually leading in the first game, but I was fully aware of the threat and never stayed back and kept pressure. I finally prevailed and took the game 11-9. Second game also started on a high, but again I took the game 11-7. After playing two tough games, GIllams was seemingly looking tired and was hardly moving freely. I just kept the same pressure and kept him on the run in all sides of the court. My plan worked and I won the third game 11-6. Now my eyes are set on the next opponent in the semifinals. I will try to play with same aggressive approach and win the match.”

When this scribe ask Farhan about the postponement of the World Team Championship at Cario, Egypt, that how would it effect his preparations and was he disappointed, Farhan replied: “Off course, I had worked very hard for the team championship and wanted to play leading role in Pakistan’s progress in the event. Now I would not relax and sit back but would continue to prepare hard and wait for the next dates, which I am sure would be announced soon.”