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RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 1st Prime Minister FMC International Pakistan Circuit No2, Lahore, Pakistan

[4] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Mohammad Shahnawaz (PAK) 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (34m)

Butt Wins Pakistan Circuit Prize In Lahore

22 May 2011

Yasir Butt brought the giant-killing run of Mohammad Shahnawaz to an end in the final of the 1st Prime Minister FMC International Pakistan Circuit No2 to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 title at the PSA Squash Complex in Lahore, Pakistan.

Shahnawaz, a 23-year-old from Lahore, was making his return to the PSA Tour after a three-year layoff – and reached the final after beating the third seed and top seed Farhan Mehboob.

But it was a match too far for the world No 325 in his first Tour final.

Fourth seed Butt, also from Lahore, made his breakthrough in the semi-finals where he ousted experience compatriotMansoor Zaman, a former world No11.

And the 22-year-old world No 133 continued his winning ways by despatching Shahnawaz 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 in 34 minutes to win the first PSA Tour title of his career in his eighth final appearance.

Butt received his trophy from Pakistan squash legend Jansher Khan, the record eight-time world champion who was attending the event in his capacity of Advisor to the President of the Pakistan Squash Federation.

1st round:
[1] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (31m)
[Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
Mohammad Shahnawaz (PAK) bt Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)
[3] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) bt Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-2 ret.
[4] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-3, 11-9, 14-16, 11-4 (49m)
[Q] Mohd Shoaib Hassan (PAK) bt [Q] Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK) 11-6, 11-6, 11-1 (31m)
Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
[2] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [Q] Abbas Ali (PAK) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (27m)
[1] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Aqib Hanif (PAK) 11-8, 15-13, 11-2 (42m)
Mohammad Shahnawaz (PAK) bt [3] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7 (64m)
[4] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [Q] Mohd Shoaib Hassan (PAK) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)
Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [2] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2 (36m)
Mohammad Shahnawaz (PAK) bt [1] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)
[4] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (38m)

Shahnawaz Shakes Off Mehboob In Lahore

20 May 2011

Just three months after returning to the PSA World Tour after a three-year layoff, unseeded Pakistani Mohammad Shahnawaz toppled top-seeded compatriot Farhan Mehboob in today’s semi-finals of the 1st Prime Minister FMC International Pakistan Circuit No2 to reach the final of the Challenger 10 squash event at the PSA Squash Complex in Lahore, Pakistan.

Shahnawaz, a 23-year-old from Lahore, ranked 325 in the world, fought back from a game down to overcome world No31 Mehboob 3-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 in 42 minutes to celebrate his maiden appearance in a Tour final.

And it will be an all-Lahore climax in which Shahnawaz lines up against fourth seed Yasir Butt.

Butt, ranked 133 in the world, also recovered from losing the first game to beat left-hander Mansoor Zaman, a former world No11 from Peshawar, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 in just 38 minutes.

Butt, who has yet to win a PSA title, is celebrating his third successive Tour final and the eighth of his career.



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