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Pakistan’s Hamza Khan wins World Junior Squash Championship

KARACHI: After 37 long years, Pakistan has once more won the World Junior Squash title thanks to young Hamza Khan, who overcame adversity to defeat Egyptian opponent Mohamed Zakaria in the match’s decisive match in Melbourne on Sunday.

In the championship match, Khan defeated Zakaria 3-1 with scores of 10-12, 14-12, 11-3, and 11-6.

The previous Pakistani player to hoist this trophy was Jansher Khan, who did it 37 years ago in 1986, making this the nation’s first world junior squash championship in almost four decades.

Two consecutive games that went to tiebreakers in the semifinal match between Hamza and Zakaria got the match off to an exciting start. Hamza, though, won the next two games with ease to earn a 3-1 victory.

On Saturday, Hamza will compete in the World Junior Squash Championship final. Melvil Scianimanico of France rallied from being two games and a match ball down, but Hamza won the decisive game to advance to the championship match.

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