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Wapda’s Farhan Mehboob wins the title of National Senior Squash Championship

Championship title Sports by Associated Press of Pakistan Published at PESHAWAR on May 4, 2019–Former World No. 16 Pakistan Wapda’s Farhan Mehboob clinched the National Senior Squash Championship trophy after defeating his strong Danish rival at the five-set marathon finals of the Championship played here at the PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Saturday.

Northern Air Commodore Command Ch. On this occasion, Sarfaraz was the chief guest who also witnessed the 59-minute final.The exciting final was also enjoyed by Pakistan National Coach Yasin Khan, Members Executive Committee KP Squash Association Wazir Gul, Sher Bahadar Khan, Vice President Pakistan Squash Federation Qamar Zaman, Head Coach PAF Squash Academy Atlas Khan, officials, players and many spectators.

The final match began at a slow pace and it took momentum when Farhan Mehboob lost the Danish Atlas first set at 3-11. It was quite an easy sailing for Danish who, right at the beginning of the final, adopted an attacking game strategy and won the first set 3-11.

When Farhan Mehboob looked quite confident with his super nick, perfect drops and powerful backhand and forehand smashes after conceding a set, it was a different situation. The final was a treat to watch as both Farhan and Danish showed their class and received cheering feedback from the fence of the jam-packed spectators, but Farhan was too good to hit his perfect nicks.

It was the second set in which Farhan Mehboob staged a strong comeback against world no 199 and unseeded Danish Atlas, who reached his highest world ranking 16 in 2009. Farhan won the 11-9 set to tie the 1-1 tally.

Farhan has played two World Team Championships, World Junior, Asian Junior and South Asian Games and six Asian Senior Team Championships, also representing Pakistan in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, is the most experienced player against Danish and therefore the third set of 11-6.

Farhan is one of the best left-handed stroke expert players, this is the quality he has after the great legend Qamar Zaman, hitting matchless nicks and drops shorts well against Danish in the final and receiving thundering applause from sitting spectators.

Farhan is the 9-time national champion and former number 1 player from Pakistan and was the gold medal winning team member at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, lost the fourth set to Danish.

Danish Atlas Khan won his first PSA World Tour title at the 2011 Persian Gulf Cup, played a game of attack and kept Farhan in the back of the court by hitting some good drops.

Danish Atlas Khan, a 16-year-old Asian Games Gold Medalist, took the fourth set by 7-11. Danish Atlas Khan, who won 2 Asian Junior Championships in 2011-12 and also won Chicago Open in 2015, responded well to Farhan in the fourth set, but Farhan dominated the last set he won by 11-9, thus winning the title.

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