Nottingham's Simon Parke stamped his authority on the World Open in Nicosia, Cyprus, yesterday by defeating the Pakistan No 2, Zarak Jahan, to set up a quarter-final with Jansher Khan, the top-seed and defending champion.
The fifth-seeded Parke defeated Zarak 15-4, 16-17, 15-8, 15-8 in 67 minutes. He will now draw encouragement from the last time he beat Jansher, which was in the second round of the Dutch Open in 1991.
Jansher, who defeated Pakistan's third string, Mir Zaman Gul, 15-3, 15- 6, 15-7 in 28 minutes yesterday, is aiming for a record seventh world title. Parke, at 23, is three years younger but is taking part in his seventh senior World Open and has earned a world junior title along the way in 1990.
Later in the men's event, the third-seeded Scottish champion, Peter Nicol, was surprisingly beaten 13-15, 17-15, 15-7, 15-8 in 63 minutes by Finland's Sami Elopuro, the 12th seed.
The 22-year-old suffered from tonsillitis through much of last season and entered hospital for surgery during the summer. "I am just not as fit as I used to be," he admitted after letting slip an early lead.
In the women's Grand Prix event, played alongside the men's World Open, Yorkshire's Suzanne Horner reached the quarter-finals, defeating Sabine Schone of Germany 9-1, 4-9, 9-5, 9-2 in 37 minutes.
Sue Wright, of Kent, joined her in the last eight by defeating the Scot Senga Macfie 9-1, 9-1, 9-1 and will now play the top seed and world champion, Michelle Martin, of Australia.
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