Farhan upbeat to return to World Top-20 soon


Karachi: Former Pakistan No 1 Farhan Mehboob believes that if he regularly features in international tournaments then he could once more break into elite Top-20 International Rankings.

“I have defeated the players sitting in the top 20 and I could do that again,” the former World No 14 told PPI.

Presently ranked at lowly 147th spot, Farhan recently defeated Pakistan’s top international player Nasir Iqbal – ranked 54th in the international circuit, in the summit clash of the USD 15000 CNS Open International Championship in straight sets.

The tournament was registered with Professional Squash Association (PSA) – men’s international squash body, as a two and half star and carries world ranking points therefore Farhan would be observing a surge in his rankings when the PSA publish rankings for the month January.

Delighted at winning the tournament where top national players featured, Farhan said that he is back in form and vowed to keep the momentum going on once more.

“I am happy to win the title of the tournament,” Farhan said. “I am in good form and I have shown this by winning CNS tournament.”

Farhan has not been featuring in international tournaments for almost half a year because of sinus problems.

“I suffered a lot because of the problem in my sinus. But now I have recovered and hopefully will put my best to gain my former touch,” said Farhan, who is a nephew of squash legend Jansher Khan.

The left-hander Farhan vowed that if he features in four or five USD 50000 tournaments in next three months, he could bring Pakistan’s representation back in the Top 50.

“If Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) helps me in participating four or five USD 50000 international tournaments then I can jump back in the top 50. After returning to top 50 only then I could feature in bigger events as on the basis of rankings one can get place in big events,” Farhan said.

“After bettering my rankings in the next three months, I could find place in bigger tournaments, which offer points in bulk, and by performing well in those tournaments, I could make it to the top 20,” he explained.

He said he could, in his present form, beat players sitting in top 20. “But to do that I first have to have rankings, which could help me get entry in tournaments, where top players feature.”

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