HONG Kong's Faheem Khan and Dawn Olsen failed to progress past the semi-final stage of the men and women's individual competitions of the Asian Squash Championships yesterday in Kuala Lumpur. Defending champion Faheem found the going tough when he went down to Pakistan's Mir Zaman Gul in a one-sided semi-final, 10-8, 7-9, 5-9, 2-9. And Olsen, seeded third in the tournament, could only offer token resistance to host player Sandra Wu who recorded an easy 9-5, 9-0, 9-6 victory in the women's competition. Zaman Gul set up an all-Pakistani men's final after top seeded Zarak Jehan Khan booked his final berth by defeating compatriot Zubair Jehan Khan in his semi-final. Wu takes on Singapore's Mah Li-lian, the current Asian champion, for the women's title. Mir Zaman Gul booked his semi-final berth by defeating Malaysia's Lim Kim Jim 9-4, 9-2, 9-4 while Faheem was on court a little longer sweeping aside teammate Andrew Shum Siu-chung 10-8, 9-1, 9-3 on Sunday. Zarak Jehan Khan had the easiest quarter-final victory on Sunday when he overwhelmed unseeded Tan Tian Huat of Malaysia 9-1, 9-1, 9-2 in less than 15 minutes. Zubair Jehan Khan worked up a little more sweat when he defeated Jay Lim of Malaysia 9-7, 9-7, 10-8 in 36 minutes. A total of 96 players, 64 men and 32 women, are taking part in the individual events. The team competitions, comprising 16 men and six women's teams will start tomorrow and continue until Saturday. Meanwhile, member countries of the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) have agreed to pay an entry fee for the forthcoming East Asian Championships in the Philippines to ease the projected costs of hosting the event. It was agreed that each country should pay not more than US$1,000 to organisers of the event to ease costs such as accommodation and transportation for the tournament which will be held sometime during the summer. Hong Kong, who won the right to host last year's tournament, were forced to cancel the event because of spiralling costs. The ASF have also decided to make the tournament a biennial event instead of an annual one starting from this year.