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25/12/2012
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT No 4
 

Iqbal Invincible In Islamabad

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 PSF-AVT Khyber Pakistan Circuit No4, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Iqbal Invincible In Islamabad

Final:
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (50m)

Pakistan teenager Nasir Iqbal walked away with the PSF-AVT Khyber Pakistan International Circuit No4 title after beating fellow countryman Danish Atlas Khan in today's final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

Whilst unseeded Kahn had to overcome two seeded players on his way to the final - New Zealand's No3 seed Kashif Shuja in the quarter-finals and second-seeded Yasir Ali Butt in the semis - 18-year-old Iqbal, the fourth seed, triumphed without facing a single higher-ranked opponent throughout the event.

Only eight ranking positions separated the two 18-year-olds from Peshawar in the final - but, after surviving a tie-break in the opening game, world No90 Iqbal maintained his superiority over Khan for the next two games to record a 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 victory after 50 minutes.

The win marks the third PSA World Tour title of Iqbal's career.

Teenagers Nasir & Danish In Islamabad Final

Semi-finals:
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 13-11, 11-13 ret. (67m)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (60m)

Pakistan teenagers Nasir Iqbal and Danish Atlas Khan will contest the surprise final of the PSF-AVT Khyber Pakistan International Circuit No4 after surviving hour-long clashes in today's semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

In a match which only lasted two games, fourth seed Iqbal prevailed over Farhan Mehboob when his compatriot - who dismissed top seed Aamir Atlas Khan in the previous round - retired injured with the score 13-11, 11-13 after 67 minutes.

In the other semi, unseeded Danish Atlas Khan - also 18 and also from Peshawar - overcame second seed Yasir Ali Butt 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 in 60 minutes.

Iqbal is celebrating his fourth PSA Tour final, while Asian Junior Champion Khan is marking his sixth.

Mehboob Downs Khan In Islamabad Upset

1st round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (33m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Syed Ali Shah Bokhari (PAK) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Sadam Ul Haq (PAK) 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (28m)
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [Q] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7 (75m)
[3] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 3-11, 11-7 (50m)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Aqib Hanif (PAK) 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (38m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) bt [Q] Asim Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (37m)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) bt [Q] Amaad Fareed (PAK) 14-12, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 11-6 (50m)

Quarter-finals:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 14-12, 11-7, 12-10 (58m)
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-9, 15-13, 12-10 (46m)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (41m)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) bt Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (37m)

Top seed Aamir Atlas Khan, the Pakistan number one, crashed out of the PSF-AVT Khyber Pakistan International Circuit No4 after losing to unseeded compatriot Farhan Mehboob in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

Mehboob, a 24-year-old from Peshawar, defeated Khan - more than 100 places higher in the world rankings - 14-12, 11-7, 12-10 in 58 minutes to earn an unexpected semi-final clash with fourth-seeded fellow countryman Nasir Iqbal.

Teenager Iqbal, also from Peshawar, despatched Pakistani Waqas Mehboob 11-9, 15-13, 12-10.

There was positive news for Aamir's younger brother Danish Atlas Khan in the other half of the draw. The unseeded 18-year-old ousted New Zealand's No3 seed Kashif Shuja 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 to claim a place in the other semi-final.

His opponent will be Yasir Ali Butt after the second seed scored the swiftest win of the day, beating Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 in 37 minutes.

Semi-final line-up:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) v [4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) v Danish Atlas Khan (PAK)