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PSA: Teenager wins Islamabad final

Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad and the new Squash 200 Partnership, building clubs of the future. Founder of the Kent Open and co-promoter of the St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic. Author and Public Speaker.

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RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 PSF-CDA Pakistan International Circuit No1, Islamabad, Pakistan

Semi-finals:
[1] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (64m)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [2] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (57m)
Final:
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [1] Yasir Butt (PAK) 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 (49m)

Pakistan Teenager Iqbal Makes Tour Breakthrough In Islamabad

Nasir Iqbal became the latest Pakistan teenager to make an unheralded breakthrough on the world squash stage today when he won the PSF-CDA Pakistan International Squash Circuit No1 in the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

The unseeded 16-year-old, playing in only his fourth professional event, made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals of thePSA World Tour Challenger 10 championship at the Mushaf Squash Complex where he ousted fourth seed Waqas Mehboob in straight games.

The Peshawar youngster’s next victim was Waqas’s older brother Waqar Mehboob – but Iqbal recovered from a game down to beat the second seed 7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 in 57 minutes.

Now in his maiden PSA Tour final, Iqbal faced Yasir Butt, the 22-year-old top seed from Lahore making his seventh Tour final appearance.

But Iqbal, ranked 282 in the world, was unfazed by his senior compatriot’s greater experience – and battled for 49 minutes to quash the event favourite 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 to claim the first PSA World Tour title of his career.

Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, graced the ceremony as Chief Guest and awarded trophies to the winner and runner up.

 

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