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Iqbal Wins Karachi International Trophy

Karachi International 2013
10-15 Mar, Pakistan, $12k
Round One
12 Mar
13 Mar
14 Mar
15 Mar
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
11-1, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
 Karamatullah Khan (Pak)
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-2, 11-5 (55m)
Syed Bokhari
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-7, 11-2, Rtd
Danish Atlas Khan
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-9, 9-5 ret. (20m)
Nasir Iqbal
Syed Bokhari (Pak)
 11-8, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
[Q] Hamzed Shah Bokari (Pak)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
11-13, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (35m)
[Q] Shoaib Hassan (Pak)
Adil Maqbool
11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5 (36m)
Danish Atlas Khan
[4] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-2 (45m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
[Q] Nosherwan Khan (Pak)
 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 19-21, 11-9 (95m)
[3] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Nosherwan Khan
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (43m)
Farhan Zaman
Farhan Zaman
11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)
Nasir Iqbal
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 11-9 (67m)
[Q] Tayyab Aslam (Pak)
Aqib Hanif (Pak)
11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (24m)
Kashif Khan (Pak)
Aqib Hanif
11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)
Nasir Iqbal
Waqas Mehboob (Pak)
 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3 (26m)
[2] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)

Iqbal Wins Karachi International Trophy

Pakistan's Nasir Iqbal celebrated his career-first win over the country's number one squash player in today's final of the DHA Karachi International Squash Championship to win the inaugural PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Asif Nawaz Squash Complex in the largest city in Pakistan.

The No2 seed from Bannu went into the match against favourite Aamir Atlas Khan 4/0 down in Tour clashes going back to 2008.

But 18-year-old Iqbal was determined to make a breakthrough. The world No69 took the opening game and was 9/5 up in the second when Khan, struggling with an adductor injury, called time on the match.

"I worked very hard for this event and am pleased to have won," said Iqbal afterwards. "I look forward to the Asian Championships in May - and my goal is to win there."

Peshawar-based Khan was disappointed with his performance. "I tried hard to play with my niggling adductor but it was too much to handle," said the world No51. "I couldn't keep up with the match and I am disappointed with it.

"I hope to be injury free soon and do well in the next tournament."

It was a disappointing end to the tournament which had brought international squash back to Karachi after a long gap.

Jahangir Khan, not only the city's greatest squash player but also the world's greatest player, was delighted to see top squash being played in Karachi.

"I welcome the PSA & WSA players at the 1st DHA Karachi international Squash Championship. I am really happy to see the revival of the PSA Tour at Karachi after an eight-year gap and feel happier that it is being played at DHA Asif Nawaz Squash Complex where I played my last World Open in the year 1993 and won the World Team Championship," said the record ten-time British Open champion.

"It is the same venue where I announced my squash retirement and due to that I have an emotional attachment with this venue.

"I personally thank the DHA Creek Club management for the revival of the prestigious venue which has a long history of major events organized at Asif Nawaz Squash Complex and will assure my full support for organizing more events in future at DHA.

"Hopefully I will see top squash in my city once again."


Top Seeds To Contest Karachi Final

After surviving contrasting semi-finals today in Karachi, top seeds Aamir Atlas Khan and Nasir Iqbal will contest the all-Pakistani final of the DHA Karachi International Squash Championship, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Asif Nawaz Squash Complex in the largest city in Pakistan.

Second seed Iqbal's steady squash proved too strong for his skilful compatriot Farhan Zaman.

"The contrasting styles were a treat to watch and the crowd was amazed by Farhan's shot making and Nasir's recoveries," said event spokesman Kashif Shuja.

Iqbal, the 18-year-old world No69 from Peshawar, went on to win 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 in 40 minutes to reach the sixth PSA Tour final of his career.

The other semi was a family clash between brothers Aamir and Danish Atlas Khan.

Top seed Aamir got the better of his younger brother as the 19-year-old had to retire after two games due to a niggling ankle.

The 11-7, 11-2 victory takes the 22-year-old Pakistan number one into the 16th Tour final of his career.

World No51 Aamir has attracted considerable media attention since his Asian Games medal-winning performances a couple of years ago. Friday's final will be covered live by the national channel PTV (Pakistan TV) Sports.

The match will be the third consecutive Tour final Khan and Iqbal have contested - the most recent being last month's Persian Gulf Cup in Iran, where Khan recorded the fourth successive win over his Peshawar rival.


Atlas Brothers Set Up Karachi Semi

Pakistan brothers Aamir Atlas Khan and Danish Atlas Khan will meet in the semi-finals of the DHA Karachi International Squash Championship after prevailing in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Asif Nawaz Squash Complex in Karachi, Pakistan.

Top seed Aamir was taken the full distance by 16-year-old fellow countryman Syed Ali Shah Bokhari, hero of Pakistan's national team victory at the recent Asian Junior Championships in Korea.

The 22-year-old Pakistan number one had to fight back from 2/1 down overcome his young opponent 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-2, 11-5 in 55 minutes.

"Ali Bukhari is an up-and-coming player," said Aamir afterwards. "You have to be 100% fit to compete against these youngsters.

"I have a problem with my adductor but decided to keep playing. I am pleased to get through to the semi in this condition," added the world No51. "Hopefully it doesn't come back to haunt me tomorrow."

Danish defeated UAE-based compatriot Khawaja Adil Maqbool 11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5 in 36 minutes.

Unseeded Farhan Zaman will face second seed Nasir Iqbal in the other semi. Zaman, a 20-year-old from Peshawar, ended Nosherwan Khan's run, beating the 18-year-old qualifier 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

Iqbal, also 18, needed 42 minutes to get the better of Aqib Hanif 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.


Khan Ousts Kashif In Karachi Upset

Pakistan teenager Nosherwan Khan produced the only upset in today's first round of the DHA Karachi International Squash Championship - and survived the day's longest battle when he upset Pakistan-born Kashif Shuja, the third seed from New Zealand, in five games to claim a surprise place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Asif Nawaz Squash Complex in Karachi, Pakistan.

The inaugural event returns to the venue which has held both World Championships and Pakistan Opens.

"I welcome the PSA Tour at Karachi, after eight years gap," said Tournament Director Tahir Khanzada at the opening ceremony. "The last PSA event held at DHA Creek Club Karachi in the year 2005 was the Pakistan Open which was won by Thierry Lincou.

"I thank all the players who are participating in the 1st DHA Karachi International Squash Championship - and especially Kashif Shuja, Khawaja Adil Maqbool & Karamatullah Khan who have flown from different destination outside Pakistan.

"I thank the sponsors, especially the DHA Creek Club management for putting extra efforts to renovate the entire Asif Nawaz Squash Complex," added Khanzada.

At 2/1 down, 33-year-old former world No36 Shuja survived a dramatic 21-19 fourth game to take the match into a decider.

But 18-year-old Nosherwan, a qualifier from Peshawar, held his nerve to close out the match 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 19-21, 11-9 after 95 minutes.

Shuja, who has played a leading role in helping promote the championship, said before his match: "Being in Karachi, and especially at the DHA squash complex, brings back many memories of the two World Opens and many Pakistan opens held here in the 90s.

"All the top players were here and I played and watched as a youngster. Even Amr Shabana played here in the first round of the Pakistan Open one year. It's great that the courts are used here and how good are the chalets as accommodation!

"Well done Tahir Khanazada and his team for making it happen and thanks to DHA for their support. Karachi is certainly ready to host top squash players and treat them like they deserve to be treated."