ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's hope of ending World Open drought will continue further, as the only hope in the Men's World Open Squash Championship 2015 was ended when Farhan Zaman lost 3-1 against world number 9 Egyptian Omer Mousaad in the first round match played in Seattle, USA on Tuesday.

Farhan started the first game well and gave tough fight to Omer but then Omer dominated and won the game 11-8. In the second game, Farhan bounced back and played superbly to win the game 11-7, but after that, it was one-way traffic, as Omer was simply in irresistible mood and completely brushed aside Farhan winning the game 11-1. He also won the fourth game convincingly 11-2 to take the match in 42 minutes.

Talking to The Nation, Farhan said: “It was highly impossible task for me as I had no experience of playing on four-glass court in the past. I did put up a decent show in the first two games, but after that it was simply outstanding game by Omer, who was at the peak of his game. Omer was moving freely and enjoying the game, while I was struggling to keep pace with him.

“Now the time is high when the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) must pay heed towards settling players abroad and provide them with top international coaches as it will be in great benefit to the federation. I don't blame Pakistani coaches, as they are good, but there is a huge difference in playing at home and abroad, as here, we get competitive matches against top of the line players. Now I have internationally known coach in shape of Shahid Zaman Khan, who is very kind and imparting free of cost coaching to me and also providing me free accommodation and playing facilities at his club. Although I failed to give tough fight to Omer, yet it is just the beginning, and I will definitely improve gradually while playing alongside Shahid Zaman and other top players,” he added. Farhan said: “I need to work with better trainers to make me fit for three to four games matches, which Shahid Zaman has been doing now. I need time to get used to high pace games. Other players are not good as we are, but they have better coaches and players to train with and that too under modern tactics. We need to work on that or else should forget about reaching back to old glory days heights.

“I will train further hard and will return to represent the country in world team championship in Egypt and try to give my 100 percent for the country and to win laurels for it,” he concluded.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan's top player and only representative in PSA top 50 Nasir Iqbal had to face tough time in the USA, as first he failed to get his luggage and he had to borrow rackets, shoes and kits from another Pakistani. Even after a long delay, the airline didn’t manage to provide luggage to the top Pakistan squash player and when he was about to depart for Pakistan, he finally got his luggage. It is the PSF’s incompetence which not only cost Nasir but also the country dearly as the player lost his World Open first round match which deprived him of significant PSA points. The PSF must ensure instead of going for cheaper tickets, it must provide best suitable traveling route to players in future.