Abu Dhabi: Six-year-old Sandip Ram will take on second seed Mubarak Mohsin in the under-15 semifinal of the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Squash Open championship.
Ram posted a hard-fought 3-2 win over Mohammad Haitham while Mohsin cruised past Omar Braiki 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Ram, who had earlier defeated Steve Nahed 3-0, won the first set 15-11 but Haitham leveled scores with a 15-13 win in the second set.
The young challenger again went 2-1 up when he took the third set 15-8 but Haitham fought back in the fourth, winning 15-11.
However, in the decider, the Dubai-based Ram came through at 15-8 to make it to the last four. Joining Ram and Mohsin in the semifinals are top seed Ahmad Ali and Mahmoud Moaz. Ali registered a 3-0 win over Kshitij while Moaz defeated Mustafa Sohdy 3-0.
The championship kicked off on Monday with teenager Amir Khan winning his Division One match against Shaun Weddick.
Results: Division One: Mabrouk Al Nahdy bt Ron Gear 3-0, Ian Jamieson bt Alistair Hirst 3-0; Jamal Boshor bt Jay Bidal 3-0; Atiq Khan bt Sami Ayoubi 3-1.
Division Two: Shaun Rose beat Bernard 3-0; Ahmad Ali bt Mansoor Malek 3-1;
Division Three: Ehad Seddik beat Mohammed Farid 3-1; Sherif Majeed bt Amr Akyabi 3-0, Hazeem Banna bt Bassam Jaffar 3-1; Ayman Hani bt Darwish Mallahi 3-0; Yahya Al Suwaidi bt Ahmad Nadeem 3-0; Mutaz Agha bt Ahmad Abdel Sattar 3-0.