Mehboob Downs Khan In Islamabad Upset

21 Dec 12

Top seed Aamir Atlas Khan, the Pakistan number one, crashed out of the PSF-AVT Khyber Pakistan International Circuit No4 after losing to unseeded compatriot Farhan Mehboob in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

Mehboob, a 24-year-old from Peshawar, defeated Khan - more than 100 places higher in the world rankings - 14-12, 11-7, 12-10 in 58 minutes to earn an unexpected semi-final clash with fourth-seeded fellow countryman Nasir Iqbal.

Teenager Iqbal, also from Peshawar, despatched Pakistani Waqas Mehboob 11-9, 15-13, 12-10.

There was positive news for Aamir's younger brother Danish Atlas Khan in the other half of the draw. The unseeded 18-year-old ousted New Zealand's No3 seed Kashif Shuja 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 to claim a place in the other semi-final.

His opponent will be Yasir Ali Butt after the second seed scored the swiftest win of the day, beating Muhammad Saqib Yousaf 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 in 37 minutes.

Semi-final line-up:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) v [4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) v Danish Atlas Khan (PAK)

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1st round:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Mansoor Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (33m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Syed Ali Shah Bokhari (PAK) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt [Q] Sadam Ul Haq (PAK) 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (28m)
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [Q] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7 (75m)
[3] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (PAK) 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 3-11, 11-7 (50m)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Aqib Hanif (PAK) 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (38m)
Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) bt [Q] Asim Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (37m)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) bt [Q] Amaad Fareed (PAK) 14-12, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 11-6 (50m)
Quarter-finals:
Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 14-12, 11-7, 12-10 (58m)
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-9, 15-13, 12-10 (46m)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (41m)
[2] Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) bt Muhammad Saqib Yousaf (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (37m)