Farhan stuns Egypt’s Gawad

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top-ranked Farhan Mehboob registered an upset victory against world number 2 Karim Abdel Gawad on the final day of the two-day exhibition matches series between Pakistan and Egypt.

Although, Egypt won the series 3-2, Mehboob’s outstanding performance against Gawad who was world number one last month, surprised everyone.

The dashing Mehboob who is world number 47 took only 44 minutes to overcome world top-ranked player 17-15, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5. In the first game, both players exhibited superb game to receive appreciation from the crowd at the Mushaf Squash Complex. After a neck-to-neck fight, Mehboob won the first game 17-15.

In next game, Gawad mustered his energy to win the game convincingly 11-6. However, Mehboob through classic drop shots and cross courts registered convincing victory 11-5, 11-5.

In first match of the day, Pakistan’s young Israr Ahmed (world number 130) registered straight upset victory against Mohamed Abuelghar who is world number 15 with game score 11-2,11-3 11-8. Throughout the match, Israr remained dominant and never allowed his opponent to make any serious move.

The Pakistan Squash Federation organized two back-two-back exhibition series: one against World V and the other against Egypt to give a message to the world squash body that Pakistan is a safe country for holding international events.

In February this year, the world squash body had imposed ban on Pakistan for holding international ranking tournament.

On Saturday), Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed (world number 22) defeated Pakistan’s Waqar Mehboob (11-9,11-9,11-8), while Omar Masood (world number 29) and Mazen Hesham (world number 50) also outclassed Pakistani players Ahsan Ayaz and Farhan Zaman, (11-8, 11-7, 12-10) and (11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7) respectively.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the final as chief guest and awarded trophies to the winners and runners-up.

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