ISLAMABAD-Huge upset were witnessed in the qualifying round of the $25,000 12th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) International Squash Championship 2016 on Monday.

Ahsan Ayaz outclassed New Zealander Evan Williams, Sadamul Haq beat Shahjahan Khan while Abbas Shoukat thrashed world number 100 Khawaja Adil Maqbool in the matches played at Mushaf Squash Complex. Top professional players from Australia, Egypt, Jamaica, Jordon, Malaysia, Netherland, New Zealand, Wales, USA and Pakistan will also be seen during action in the mega event.

It was a great day for Pakistani players as young world junior team member Ahsan upset Evan Williams of New Zealand 3-1 in just 34 minutes. Pakistani lad fought well against Kiwi opponent but despite showing great fight, he lost the first game 8-11. It was royal battle witnessed in the second game where Ahsan, being bucked up by sizable crowd, started playing some super class squash and took the game 11-9.

It was once again Pakistani lad, who kept Williams on the run right from the start of the third game, winning it 11-5. The fourth game was played on a very high tempo, as both players were involved in long rallies, but once again Ahsan delivered killing punch and took the game 11-8 to set up final qualifying round match against Jordanian Ahmad Al-Saraj.

In the second match of the day, Sadamul Haq recorded upset victory against US-based Shahjahan Khan, son of former world number 8 Zarak Jahan Khan, in one of the best matches of the event, which Sadam won 3-2 in 1 hour and 31 minutes. Sadam was comfortably won the first two games, but Shahjahan staged a remarkable comeback and won the next two to take the match into fifth and deciding game. Sadam won the first game 11-8, second game 11-8, but lost the third 10-12 and fourth 9-11.

The fifth and last game kept on swinging from one way to another, as both the players had a number of opportunities to seal the fate of the match, but they made childish errors and finally, Sadam prevailed and took the game 18-16 to set up final qualifying round match against Farhan Mehboob.

In the third match, Ahmad Al-Saraj survived close scare against Waqar Mehboob to win the match 3-2 in 49 minutes. Siraj won the first game 11-9, but Waqar bounced back and took the second game 11-7 and also won the third 11-5. After that, Waqar ran out of gas and lost the next two games 4-11 and 7-11 to bow out of the event.

Farhan Mehboob hammered M Farhan 3-0 in just 14 minutes. Mehboob took the first game 11-2, second game 11-1 and third game 11-0. Abbas Shaukat stunned Khawaja Adil Maqbool 3-1. Ababs won the first game 11-8 and took the second 11-9, before losing the third 5-11. After losing the third, Abbas simply changed gears and played highly aggressive squash and kept Adil on the run and won the game 11-6 to set up final qualifying round date with Zahir Shah.

Israr Ahmad beat high-flying Mehran Javed 3-0 in just 27 minutes. Mehran had beaten Sh Saqib in the pre-qualifying round, but had no answer to the fast rising star Israr, who won the match 11-5, 11-4 and 12-10. Zahir Shah was highly lucky to move into the final round as he was awarded walk over against Malaysian Adeen Idrakie, who had visa issues. Egyptian Youssef Soliman crushed Amaad Fareed 3-0 in 41 minutes, winning the match 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 and will face Israr in the final match today (Tuesday).