KARACHI: Top seed Farhan Mehboob lived to his
billing when he beat his cousin Aamir Atlas Khan in a five games
thriller to snatch the CNS International Squash Championship at
Roshan Khan/Jahangir Khan Squash Complex here on Thursday.
World number 29 Farhan rallied back from 1-2 down to become the
first Pakistani player to grab the CNS crown with a 7-11, 11-8, 7-11,
11-6, 11-7 triumph – lasting 78 minutes.
Farhan son of Jansher Khan's sister and Aamir son of his elder
brother Atlas Khan, were involved in a great battle in the centre
court for the supremacy to thrill the audience.
Aamir, who was placed five ranking behind Farhan, gave him
testing time before going down fighting.
Peshawar-born Aamir got off to a sterling start and grabbed the
opening game 11-7.
But Farhan came back strongly with superior nicks, drops and
forceful winners to take the second 11-8 to make it 1-1.
Despite feeling the pressure and heat, Aamir bounced back into
the match snatching the third game 11-7 to forge 2-1 head.
However, Farhan after conceding the lead, showed fighting
qualities levelled the scores 2-all by picking the fourth game 11-6
to set-up an exciting finish.
Keeping up his nerves and better stamina Farhan seized the title
by winning the decider 11-7.
CNS Admiral Noman Bashir, who was the chief guest presented the
crystal trophy to Farhan Mehboob and Aamir Atlas got runner-up trophy.