Hamza Khan of Pakistan Clinches World Junior Squash Championship in Melbourne

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Hamza Khan of Pakistan Clinches World Junior Squash Championship in Melbourne
Hamza Khan of Pakistan Clinches World Junior Squash Championship in Melbourne

Pakistan’s pride, Hamza Khan, emerged victorious in the World Junior Squash Championship, held in Melbourne this Sunday. In an electrifying face-off, Hamza triumphed over Egypt’s Mohamed Zakaria with a final scoreline of 10-12, 14-12, 11-3, and 11-6.

Even though Zakaria secured the initial game with a 12-10 lead in a 26-minute battle, Hamza overturned the tide with an impressive comeback. This triumph marks Hamza as the first Pakistani player to achieve this feat since Jansher Khan, who won the title 37 years ago.

Hamza Khan’s Resilient Journey to Victory

The second game proved thrilling as Hamza, initially trailing 8-10, successfully leveled the match with a 14-12 win, denying Zakaria the game point twice.

The ensuing games diverged drastically from the initial intense rounds. Hamza swiftly won the third game with a score of 11-3 in a mere six minutes and secured the fourth at 11-6, much to the awe of spectators.

The Road to the World Junior Squash Championship Final

The journey to the final was a challenging one for Hamza. In the semi-finals held on Saturday, he narrowly overcame France’s Melvil Scianimanico in a nail-biting match that ended 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 9-11, and 13-11. Hamza became the first Pakistani player to reach the championship final since Aamir Atlas in 2008.

Before the semi-finals, Hamza vanquished Malaysia’s Joachim Chuah with a scoreline of 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, solidifying his spot in the final four. His progression to the quarter-finals was hard-fought, emerging victorious against Colombia’s Santamaria 3-2 in a thrilling pre-quarter-final match.

Rounding out his triumphant journey, Hamza bested Netherlands’ Samuel Grates in the round of 16, winning by 12-10, 11-6, 11-3, and 11-7, setting the tone for his overall performance in the championship.

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