Khan Powers To Pakistan International Prize
Top seed Aamir Atlas Khan
confirmed his status as Pakistan's number one squash player by defeating the
number two Farhan Mehboob in straight games in today's (Friday) final of
the PSF-CAA Pakistan International Circuit No2, the $12,000 PSA World
Tour event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in the Pakistan capital
The 19-year-old from Peshawar was in
control from the outset, beating his 21-year-old cousin 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 in 33
It was Atlas Khan's first
appearance in a Tour event on home soil since November when the world No22 again
beat Mehboob in the final of the Pakistan Open.
Cousins To Contest Pakistan International Final
The two top
seeds Aamir Atlas Khan and Farhan Mehboob - both nephews of the
sport's legendary Jansher Khan - will contest the all-Pakistani final of
the PSF-CAA Pakistan International Circuit No2 after swift straight games
victories in the semi-finals of the $12,000 PSA World Tour
squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in the Pakistan capital
Aamir Atlas Khan, the world No22 from Peshawar, despatched fellow countryman
Aqib Hanif 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in just 22 minutes to reach the eighth Tour
final of his career.
Farhan Mehboob - once ranked just two places behind his cousin in the top
20, but now languishing just inside the top 50 - faced his younger brother
Waqar Mehboob for the first time on the professional Tour.
But the senior
member of the family was too strong for Waqar, beating the 18-year-old 11-9,
11-8, 11-2 in 24 minutes.
Farhan, winner of the Jena Real Estate Championship in Kuwait earlier
this month, is now celebrating his seventh PSA final - and looking forward to
his first Tour meeting with his cousin since the pair contested the Pakistan
Open final in November 2008.
Battle For Final Place In Pakistan International
brothers fought it out in the top quarter-final in the PSF-CAA Pakistan
International Circuit No2 in the Pakistan capital Islamabad, two
further siblings will do battle in tomorrow's semi-finals of the $12,000 PSA
World Tour squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex.
Aamir Atlas Khan, the 19-year-old world No22 from Peshawar, needed 40
minutes to quash his 16-year-old brother Danish Atlas Khan, the No6 seed,
11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-9.
senior will now face Aqib Hanif for a place in the final after the
seventh seed despatched wildcard Waqas Mehboob 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-2.
better success for Waqas's two older brothers Waqar Mehboob and Farhan
Mehboob who took their anticipated places in the last four, albeit in
Farhan, aged 21, cruised to an 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 victory in just 23 minutes over
experienced opponent Mansoor Zaman, the fifth seed and a former world
18-year-old Waqar had to recover from two games down before beating eighth seed
Nasir Iqbal 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-5 in 65 minutes.
Out Pakistan International Circuit Quarters
A quintet of
cousins - all nephews of the legendary Jansher Khan - claimed places in
the quarter-finals of the PSF-CAA Pakistan International Circuit No2
after successes in the opening round of the $12,000 PSA World
Tour squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in the Pakistan
It was wild
card Waqas Mehboob who stole the headlines after upsetting third seed
Yasir Butt. The 18-year-old from Peshawar came from 2/1 down to beat Butt,
ranked 63 in the world, 11-2, 9-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9 in 52 minutes.
ranked over 300 places lower than Butt, now faces Aqib Hanif, the seventh
seed who beat qualifier Hamza Bukhari 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4.
Waqar Mehboob and Farhan Mehboob also made it through to the last
eight - fourth seed Waqar beating qualifier Aurangzeb Mehmund 11-8, 11-1,
11-8, and second seed Farhan taking out qualifier Safeer Ullah Khan
12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 11-5.
But the three
Mehboobs did better than their Khan cousins! Brothers Aamir Atlas Khan
and Danish Atlas Khan fought out successful first round matches to earn a
tilt at each other.
Aamir, the world No22 from Peshawar, eased to an 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 victory in
just 28 minutes over Muhammad Saqib Yousaf, while sixth seed Danish need
45 minutes to overcome compatriot Owais Khan 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6.
will be the first Tour meeting between 19-year-old Aamir and his 16-year-old