ISLAMABAD - Farhan Mehboob made the biggest upset of the day, as he ousted third seed Danish Atlas Khan 3-2 in the first round of the CNS International Squash Championship 2013 at Roshan Khan/Jahangir Khan Squash Complex Karachi on Friday.
The event carries a total cash purse of $15,000. Talking to this scribe, Farhan said: “I must admit Danish played exceptionally well and tried to snatch the match right under my nose. I have taken a comfortable 2-0 lead and was cruising towards victory, but Danish never lost heart and bounced back and played superb squash .”
“I won the first game 13-11, the second 11-6 with relatively ease, but in the third game, it was a different Danish who played sensational tennis and took the third game 11-6 and then he won the fourth 11-9. We were fighting for every single point and the game continued to swing from one way to another, before I managed to take the crucial points and took the game 11-9. It was probably one the best matches I have played after a very long time. I will try not to repeat same mistakes in the quarterfinals and try to win the championship,” Farhan concluded.
In the other matches, Aamir Atlas Khan beat Mansoor Zaman 3-0, 11/4, 11/3 and 11/8, Tayyab Aslam beat Nosherwan Khan 3-1, 11/8, 11/13, 11/3 and 11/9, Syed Ali Mujataba Bukhari beat Haseeb Gul 3-0, 11/5, 11/9 and 12/10, Saqib Yousaf beat Asim Khan 3-0 in 44 minutes, 11/6, 14/12 and 11/6, top seed Nasir Iqbal beat Waqas Mehboob 3-0, 11/9, 11/4 and 11/7, Khawaja Adil Maqbool beat Amaad Farid 3-0, 11/2, 11/8 and 13/11 and in the last match of the day, second seed Farhan Zaman beat Israr Ahmed 3-0 with the score of 11/7, 11/7 and 11/5.
The quarterfinal line up completed with completion of the first round. Nasir Iqbal will take on Tayyab Aslam, Farhan Zaman to face Adil Maqbool, Aamir Atlas meet Ali Bukhari and Farhan Mehboob to vie against Shaikh Saqib.