ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's last hope of winning the prestigious World Junior Individual Championship ended, as Syed Ali Mujtaba Bokhari lost his semifinal against Egyptian Omar El Atmas 3-1 in Namibia on late Thursday night.

Talking to The Nation, Ali said: “It is very painful to lose the match. I was exhausted and feeling pain, as my hamstring got aggravated but I am not making any lame excuses of my defeat. Omar played very well and he really deserved to win. Had I moved freely, the result could have been far different.”

“The first game was started on a high tempo. Both of us played one of the best games of the entire event. The game kept on swinging from one side to another before Omar won it 13-11. I managed to take the second game 12-10. The entire match was very tight. Omar won the third game 11-9 and I gave my all in the fourth game. Though injury was restricting my movement, yet I played out my heart and tried to pull off one of the most sensational victories.

The game was very tense as we exchanged some lovely shots, but Omar finally prevailed and took the game 12-10, thus won the encounter and set up a final clash with top seed Diego Elias of Peru, who beat Indian Kush Kumar 3-0 in the second semifinal 11-5, 11-7 and 11-4.

In the ladies semifinal, three-time defending champion and top seed Nour El Sherbini was ousted by unseeded Habiba Mohamed Ahmed 3-2, winning the marathon 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11. Sherbini set up final date with another Egyptian second seed Nouran Gohar.