Takes Kuwait Crown
Farhan Mehboob justified his top seed billing in the Jena Real Estate
Championship, but disappointed the local crowd when he beat Kuwaiti hero
Abdullah Almezayen in the final of the $10,000 PSA World Tour squash
event in Hawally, Kuwait.
21-year-old from Peshawar reached the final without dropping a game - and faced
surprise opponent Almezayen, the sixth seed who despatched two higher-ranked
players to make it to the climax.
ranked 47 in the world, was unable to maintain his straight games run in the
event - but the Pakistani ultimately held off the challenge of the promising
Kuwaiti, ranked more than 70 places below, to win 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 in 50
The win marks
Mehboob's first PSA Tour title triumph of the year - but the third of his
Takes Kuwait Hopes Into Jena Final
Just 24 hours
after removing the fourth seed to reach the semi-finals of the Jena Real
Estate Championship in Kuwait, local hero Abdullah Almezayen
continued his impressive run in the inaugural $10,000 PSA World Tour
squash event in Hawally by ousting fifth-seeded Egyptian Andrew Wagih
Shoukry to reach the final at the Qadsia Sporting Club.
22-year-old Kuwaiti, ranked 120 in the world, battled for 51 minutes to overcome
Shoukry 11-7, 11-3, 13-15, 11-8 to celebrate his sixth appearance in a PSA
will be an all-left-handed affair in which Almezayen will take on top seed
Farhan Mehboob, the world No47 from Pakistan.
In his third
successive straight games win in the event, the 21-year-old from Peshawar
powered to an 11-4, 11-2, 11-6 victory over 16-year-old Danish Atlas Khan,
the No8 seed who is also from Peshawar.
nephew of the legendary Pakistani Jansher Khan, is also celebrating his
sixth Tour final appearance.
Lifts Home Hopes In Kuwait
Abdullah Almezayen provided unexpected local interest in the semi-finals of
the Jena Real Estate Championship following an impressive four-game upset
over fourth-seeded Pakistani Waqar Mehboob in the quarter-finals of the
inaugural $10,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Qadsia Sporting Club
left-hander, ranked 120 in the world, battled for 46 minutes to overcome Mehboob,
ranked 14 places higher, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2.
aged 22, will now face fifth seed Andrew Wagih Shoukry after the Egyptian
claimed the event's biggest scalp to date with an 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11, 11-2
win over England's No2 seed Jaymie Haycocks.
The other semi
will be an all-Pakistani affair between Peshawar city compatriots Farhan
Mehboob and Danish Atlas Khan. Event favourite Mehboob, 21, beat
seventh-seeded Italian Andrea Torricini 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 while
16-year-old Khan, the No8 seed, recovered from a game down to overcome Kuwaiti
outsider Bader Al Hussaini 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9 in a 72-minute
Through To Kuwait Quarters
Kuwaiti Bader Al Hussaini doubled domestic interest in the quarter-finals
of the Jena Real Estate Championship when he upset third seed Neil
Hitchens in the opening round of the inaugural $10,000 PSA World Tour
squash event at Qadsia Sporting Club in Hawally, Kuwait.
26-year-old, ranked more than 100 places lower than Hitchens, beat the
Englishman 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 13-11 in 49 minutes and will now face eighth seed
Danish Atlas Khan for a place in the last four.
despatched Egyptian teenager Islam El Fiky 11-2, 11-2, 11-3.
interest is being led by sixth seed Abdullah Almezayen. The 22-year-old
left-hander took only 17 minutes to claim his place in the last eight, beating
Jordan qualifier Ahmad Al-Saraj 11-3, 11-0, 11-5.