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Local heroes are halted as top seeds stamp their authority 
By NATHAN CLARKE  – Squash Mad PSA Correspondent

Adrian Grant in action
Adrian Grant in action

Top seeds Adrian Grant and Omar Abdel Meguid moved into the semi-finals of the 2014 Lagos International Squash Classic, PSA International 25 event in Nigeria, as balance was restored on day two of action.

After earning surprise berths in the quarter-finals after the retirement of both their opponents on day one of the tournament, local Nigerian hopefuls Babatunde Ajagbe and Adewale Amao bowed out of the competition at the hands of Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi, respectively.

Wildcard Ajagbe, the World No.177, got off to a promising start in his encounter with Zaman, taking the first game 11-7, but the Pakistani, ranked World No.69, showed his class to bounce back and race away to the take the next three games, including a comprehensive 11-1 victory in the fourth to seal the match.

Amao, the World No.467, has no such joy against Fathi, with the World No.47 putting him to the sword, completing an emphatic 3-0 victory in just 28-minutes.

Grant and Meguid both ensured they remain in contention to contest the final with both players come through hard-fought encounters against Danish Atlas Khan and Peter Creed, respectively, with both men completing 3-1 victories in just over an hour of play.

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Nigerians fly the flag in Lagos
Local Nigerian squash players Babatunde Ajagbe and Adewale Amao, the World No.177 and No.467, will carry home hopes into the quarter-finals of the Lagos International Squash Classic, PSA International 25 event, after progressing through the first round at the expense of the tournament’s number three and four seeds.
 
Ajagbe, the tournament wildcard, earned his place in the quarter-finals after South African Shaun Le Roux, the World No.41, was forced to retire after just 5-minutes of action with Amao, who earned his place in the main draw after coming through qualification, progressing courtesy of the retirement of Pakistan’s Nasir Iqbal after 60-minutes of their encounter.
 
The pair will now go into quarter-final encounters against Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi, respectively, when they’ll be aiming to keep alive their hopes of winning the first PSA World Tour tournament to take place in Nigeria since 2008.
 
Elsewhere, top seeds Adrian Grant and Omar Abdel Meguid cruised through their first round encounters to join Danish Atlas Khan and Peter Creed in the quarter-finals.

PSA Lagos International Squash Classic 2014, Lagos, Nigeria

First Round:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Jonas Daehler (SUI) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (3-0) (30m)
[7] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Moses Durosinmi (NGR) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (3-0) (30m)
[6] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) 12-10, 11-8, 11-3 (3-0) (35m)
[WC] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bt [4] Shaun Le Roux (RSA) 7-3 Retired (5m)
[Q] Adewale Amao (NGR) bt [3] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-7, 3-5 Retired (60m)
[5] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (3-0) (38m)
[8] Peter Creed (WAL) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (3-0) (59m)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Idowu Enimakure (NGR) 11-3, 11-2, 11-7 (3-0) (20m)
Quarter-finals:

[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [7] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 4-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6 (3-1) (61m)
[6] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [WC] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-1 (3-1) (40m)
[5] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [Q] Adewale Amao (NGR) 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (3-0) (28m)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [8] Peter Creed (WAL) 10-12, 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (3-1) (66m)

Semi-final Draw:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) v [6] Farhan Zaman (PAK)
[5] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)

 

Picture from Squash Mad archives

 

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