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24/12/2013
CNS INTERNATIONAL 2013
 

Mehboob In Historic Karachi Title Triumph

CNS International 2013
18-23 Dec, Karachi, Pakistan, $15k
Round One
20 Dec 12.00-16.00
Quarters
22 Dec
Semis
22 Dec
Final
23 Dec
[1] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (36m)
Waqas Mehboob (Pak)
Nasir Iqbal
11-7, 11-1, 11-8 (35m)
Tayyab Aslam
Nasir Iqbal
11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 (56m)
Aamir Atlas Khan
Nasir Iqbal
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (51m)
Farhan Mehboob
Tayyab Aslam (Pak)
11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-9 (51m)
Nosherwan Khan (Pak)
Syed Ali Bukhari (Pak)
11-5, 11-9, 12-10 (28m)
[Q] Haseeb Gul (Pak)
Syed Ali Bukhari
11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (31m)
Aamir Atlas Khan
Mansoor Zaman (Pak)
11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (30m)
[4] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
[3] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
14-12, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9 (114m)
Farhan Mehboob
(Pak)
Farhan Mehboob
11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (35m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf
Farhan Mehboob
11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 11-6 (61m)
Farhan Zaman
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (Pak)
11-6, 14-12, 11-6 (44m)
[Q] Muhhamas Asim Khan (Pak)
Adil Maqbool (Pak)
11-2, 11-8, 13-11 (22m)
[Q] Amaad Fareed (Pak)r
Adil Maqbool
11-1, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
Farhan Zaman
[Q] Israr Ahmed (Pak)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (22m)
[2] Farhan Zaman (Pak)

RESULTS: PSA International 15 CNS International, Karachi, Pakistan

Mehboob In Historic Karachi Title Triumph

Pakistani Farhan Mehboob brought the 2013 PSA World Tour programme to an historic close in the final of the CNS International in Karachi when he became the first player of the year to win a title after beating the event's top three seeds.

The unseeded 25-year-old from Peshawar made his breakthrough in the opening round of the PSA International 15 squash event at the Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex when he toppled third seed Danish Atlas Khan.

Mehboob, the World No.147 competing in only his fifth Tour event of the year, then removed second-seeded compatriot Farhan Zaman in a hard-fought 61-minute semi-final.

Now in the 10th Tour final of his career - and his first for more than a year - the former World No.16 faced top seed Nasir Iqbal, the 19-year-old from Bannu who has been the country's highest-ranked player since May.

The stylish left-hander wasted no time in laying claim to the title of Pakistan's best player when he despatched Iqbal, ranked 54 in the world, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 in 51 minutes to successfully defend the title he last won in 2008.

"It was a big moment in my career, as critics had long written me down and out and said my days are over, but now I proved all my critics wrong by defeating the top seed Nasir and that too without any major difficulty," Mehboob told The Nation later.

"I must thank head coach Jamshed Gul for spending a lot of time with me in the training as it was his hard work which paid off. Another motivation behind me was my father Mehboob Khan who also spent day and night with me in the courts to polish my game and skills.

"I am happy that the performance in this event is one of the best in my entire career and I have not trained much before the event. I have to play the likes of Danish, Farhan Zaman and now Nasir Iqbal, but I managed to show outstanding skills against the three tough opponents and won the title."

The Karachi triumph marks the fifth PSA Tour title of Mehboob's career.
 

Farhans Face Fourth Home Battle In Karachi

Pakistan international squash players Farhan Zaman and Farhan Mehboob will mark their fourth PSA World Tour meeting on home soil after coming through today's quarter-finals of the CNS International at the Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex in Karachi in straight games.

Unseeded Mehboob, the defending champion, defeated compatriot Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 in 35 minutes - while second seed Zaman was a minute quicker reserving his anticipated place in the last four of the PSA International 15 event in his 11-1, 11-7, 11-6 victory over fellow countryman Khawaja Adil Maqbool.

The pair, both from Peshawar, will be replaying their first round battle in the 2008 CNS International - which Mehboob won en-route to taking the title.

Nasir Iqbal and 2008 runner-up Aamir Atlas Khan will feature in the other semi after also surviving straightforward 3/0 quarter-finals. Top seed Iqbal beat Tayyab Aslam 11-7, 11-1, 11-8 while fourth seed Khan needed only 31 minutes to see off Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari 11-6, 11-9, 13-11.
 

Mehboob Downs Danish In Karachi Upset

Farhan Mehboob upset fellow Pakistani Danish Atlas Khan according to the seedings of the CNS International - but today's home soil victory in the first round of the PSA World Tour International 15 squash event at the Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex in Karachi was underdog Mehboob's third in a row, yet the toughest, of the pair's Tour tussles since 2010.

Left-hander Mehboob, a former World No.16 now languishing at 147 in the PSA world rankings, took 114 minutes to clinch his 14-12, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9 win over No.3 seed Khan - and will now face fellow non-seed Muhammad Saqib Yousaf, who took 70 fewer minutes to get the better of qualifier Muhammad Asim Khan 11-6, 14-12, 11-6.

Mehboob, a 25-year-old from Peshawar, is in fact the title-holder of the long-established Pakistan circuit event which was last on the PSA World Tour in 2008.

Twice runner-up Mansoor Zaman's bid to reach a third final came unstuck in the opening round when he went down 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 to fourth seed Aamir Atlas Khan.

Top seed Nasir Iqbal also survived his opening encounter in straight games, beating Waqas Mehboob 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.

The 19-year-old World No.54 from Bannu will now line up against fellow countryman Tayyab Aslam for a place in the semi-finals.