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PSA: Aamir takes final title of 2011

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
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Aamir Khan receives his trophy from squash legend Jahangir Khan

Khan Takes Final Tour Title Of 2011 In Pakistan

28 December 2011

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Pakistan Circuit No4, Lahore, Pakistan

Semi-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-6, 11-6, 11-0 (18m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 12-10, 11-6, 12-14, 6-11, 11-4 (40m)
Final:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8 (52m)

Aamir Atlas Khan collected the final PSA World Tour title of the year at the Pakistan Circuit No4 squash event today in Lahore – but the top seed was taken the full distance before overcoming unseeded fellow Pakistani Farhan Zaman in the climax of the PSA Challenger 10 championship at the Punjab Squash Complex.

While Khan took just 18 minutes to reach the final after despatching Nasir Iqbal 11-6, 11-6, 11-0, 18-year-old Zaman needed 40 minutes to see off qualifier Muhammad Saqib Yousaf in five games in the other semi-final, to reach his second Tour final in a row.

And the 21-year-old favourite from Peshawar looked on course for a straightforward victory when he took a two-game lead in the final.

But, showing no signs of his battle 24 hours earlier, Zaman fought back to draw level and force the match into a fifth game decider.

Khan dug deep and used his greater experience to the full to retake the advantage before closing out the match 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8 in 52 minutes.

The win marks the sixth PSA Tour title of Khan’s career.

 

Lone Seed Aamir Atlas Makes Pakistan Semis

26 December 201

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Pakistan Circuit No4, Lahore, Pakistan

1st round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Syed Hamzha Shah Bukhari (PAK) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6
[Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt Owais Khan (PAK) 11-7, 12-10, 11-3
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [Q] Muhammad Shoaib Hassan (PAK) 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2
Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt [4] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 2-11, 14-12
[3] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 14-12, 13-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2 (46m)
Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt Muhammad Shah Nawaz (PAK) 1-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
[Q] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) bt [2] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (52m)
Quarter-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2 (46m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [3] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-5, 15-13, 9-11, 11-6 (44m)
[Q] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 10-12, 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (41m)

After two days of shocks in the Pakistan Circuit No4 squash event in Lahore, favourite Aamir Atlas Khan will be the only seed to feature in the semi-final line-up of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 championship at the Punjab Squash Complex.

The 21-year-old top seed from Peshawar despatched qualifier Aqib Hanif 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 in just 30 minutes to set up a semi-final clash with Nasir Iqbal, a 17-year-old also from Peshawar who defeated Waqas Mehboob 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2.

It was in the other half of the draw that today’s biggest quarter-final upset took place when unseeded 18-year-old Farhan Zaman upset his 31-year-old cousin Mansoor Zaman, the No3 seed, 11-5, 15-13, 9-11, 11-6 in 44 minutes.

Zaman junior will now face Muhammad Saqib Yousaf, a 20-year-old qualifier from Lahore who followed his Christmas Day upset over second seed Danish Atlas Khan by beating higher-ranked compatriot Waqar Mehboob 10-12, 11-2, 11-5, 11-5.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) v Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
[Q] Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) v Farhan Zaman (PAK)

 

 

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