ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's young squash sensation Waqas Mehboob stormed into the semifinals of the $5000 NSC Sram Series 2013 after brushing aside Egyptian Ahmed Hussein 3-1 in the quarterfinals played at Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Hailing from the champions’ background of Mehboob family, who had produced great players like former Pakistan No 1 squash player Farhan Mehboob, Waqas continued the family tradition by beating strong Egyptian opponent in 45 minutes of highly entertaining squash. Talking to The Nation on Thursday, Mehboob Khan, father of Waqas, said: “My son has trained very hard for the past few days just for the said event. He was so excited that he almost trained for six to seven hours daily. He wanted to prove a point and I am very optimistic about his future as he has already showed signs of becoming a top player.”

Waqas lost the first game 4-11, as he was struggling to settle down in the match, but after losing the first game and that to so cheaply, Waqas bounced back and won the second game 11-3, the third 11-8 and the fourth 11-3 thus booked a berth in the semifinals.

“Waqas has posed some serious challenges to all the top players including Aamir Atlas, Nasir Iqbal and others in the past, but due to lack of experience, he failed to deliver when it matters the most. The PSA experience will benefit him a lot and he will learn quickly how to play and beat top professionals. If he continues to play like he did against Ahmed, I am sure he will not disappoint and return as a champion,” Mehboob concluded.