Sports: Squash: Seasoned Farhan clinches CNS Open title

Karachi: Former Pakistan No 1 Farhan Mehboob overpowered favorite Nasir Iqbal in straight sets in the final to clinch the title of Chief of the Naval Staff International Squash Championship here Monday at Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex.

World No 147 Farhan Mehboob, a lefthander, proved too good for Pakistan’s top international player Nasir Iqbal – ranked 54th in the international circuit, in the summit clash of the tournament, offering USD 15000, and recorded a convincing 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 victory in 51 minutes.

The tournament is registered with Professional Squash Association (PSA) – men’s international squash body, as a two and half star and carries world ranking points.

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 this 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.

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.

Farhan added that if regularly feature in international tournaments then he could also make it to the elite top 20. “I have defeated the players sitting in the top 20 and I could do that again,” the former World No 14 said.

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