Aamir Atlas shocks Gregory Gaultier at Qatar Open
DOHA: The world No 14, nephew of squash great Jansher Khan, beat the Frenchman 11-6, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 in 53 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Doha. In doing so, the Pakistani avenged his semi-final defeat at the Macau Open 12 months ago, a tournament which also saw him score a significant victory over England No 1 Nick Matthew.
Defeat for Gaultier means that Amr Shabana, who added a fourth world title in Kuwait two weeks ago, is set to return to the top of the world rankings next month - a bitter blow for the 26-year-old who had spent two years breathing down the Egyptians'' necks.
Peshawar-born Khan told Squash Site: "This is my biggest moment of my career. I really didn''t expect it, because Greg has been playing so well recently, he is such a great champion.
"I am living my dream to beat the world No 1, but I really played point by point. I tried and played my best."
England''s James Willstrop produced his second 3-0 scalp in as many days when he beat the dangerous Egyptian Tarek Momen in 26 minutes. The Yorkshireman''s win set up a tasty last eight encounter against World Open runner-up Ramy Ashour.
Meanwhile Matthew took 18 minutes longer to see off LJ Anjema 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 and will play Australia''s David Palmer.
Khan was this week nominated for the PSA''s ‘Young Player of the Year’, to be held next weekend in London, along with Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, and Nicolas Mueller of Switzerland.
He said: “I am proud to be nominated for the award and I am hopeful that I would receive the award. I have been working hard to toil in the rankings and I would now make more efforts to bring more glory to the country."