Sport -- and in London, the first matches in the Northampton World Masters Tournament got under way at Wembley on Wednesday night (7 November).
SV & ZOOM OUT TO TV INTERIOR Dean Williams of Australia plays two winning points to take fourth game against Hiddy Jahan of Pakistan, and crowd applauds
GV Crowd watching
GV Williams serving, plays winning shot to give him 9-0 in fifth and final game, and overall match. Players shake hands to crowd applause
GV Crowd watching
GV Qamar Zaman serving in fifth game, for match point, players collide, Zaman serves again, long rally, then Zaman wins point and match
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Background: Sport -- and in London, the first matches in the Northampton World Masters Tournament got under way at Wembley on Wednesday night (7 November). The competition, an eight-man invitation event, features among its first matches a clash between number two seed Hiddy Jahan of Pakistan and Australia's Dean Williams. Jahan lost the first game, but then he took the next two. The score reached seven-all in the fourth game.
SYNOPSIS: It was a vital point for Jahan. Having lost the first game nine-four, he had fought back to win the next two games to six and two. Towards the end of a tight fourth game, he looked like getting back into a winning streak. But, at seven all, he lost the vital fifteenth point and was then game point down.
Jahan never won another point. Williams, with a determined display of power squash, took all the next eight points, and at eight-love served for the match in the fifth and final game.
With Jahan already beaten, a surprise could have been on the cards with number one seed Qamar Zaman of Pakistan facing Britain's Gawain Briars. Indeed, the two players shared the first four games, but at eight-five in the fifth, Zaman served for the match. Briars got a brief reprieve when the two players collided -- but this proved just a temporary delay.
This time Zaman made no mistake, and took the match nine-six, seven-nine, five-nine, nine-three and nine-five.