Squash: Angry Jahangir out: Martin lambasts Pakistani over 'pig fight'

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RODNEY MARTIN ended Jahangir Khan's interest in his comeback tournament with a straight-games victory and followed this up with a bitter verbal assault at the Qatar International here yesterday.

The Australian overcame Jahangir 15-11, 15-6, 15-12 in the second round, but once again it was the hostility between these two great players which overshadowed the outstanding squash.

'When I play any other player I have a clean game,' Martin said. 'But not with him. It's such a pig fight. I can't wait till he retires.'

Jahangir, who does indeed intend to retire the week after next after a comeback lasting only 19 days, later replied: 'You have seen our matches - he pushes me to the floor and hits me with the ball. I can beat him if he plays properly, but he won't'

In fact, although Jahangir often hit the ball well, his restricted movement after a nine-month lay- off makes it unlikely he will improve sufficiently to beat the leading players in the next two weeks.

Pakistan's No 2, Zarak Jahan Khan, earlier recorded a remarkable 15-14 victory in the final game against the eighth-seeded Chris Walker, the England No 2.

Later there was another fine win for the 20-year-old Scottish qualifier, Peter Nicol, who beat Sami Elopuro, the No 7 seed from Finland, 15-13, 15-9, 15-10. He meets Martin in the quarter-final.