Islamabad: World No.66 Farhan Mehboob of Pakistan has won the President Cup International Squash Championship, beating Leo Au of Hong Kong 3-2 in the final played in Islamabad.
Farhan displayed his prime performance against which the world number 31 from Hong Kong looked helpless in the first two games against, with home crowd cheering the local to boost his confidence. However, after losing first two games 4/11, 4/11 Leo Au won the next two frames 11/8 and 12/10. At one point, in the 4th game, Farhan required just one championship point, but Leo defended it thrice as Farhan looked desperate to win the championship point. Earlier, in the third game Farhan dropped seven frames hitting down the line.
In the final game, Farhan completely outclassed Leo Au to win the final game 11/3 and with the championship.
The win in this $25,000 tournament would add 450 points to help Farhan further improve his PSA World Ranking, which was already on rise due to his current winning streak of three tournaments.
Farhan hailed PSF’s efforts for the revival of international squash in country, saying that playing at home boosted his morale.
He said after the win that he was encouraged to see the crowd in arena cheering for him, although it added pressure on him but it kept him motivated. He expressed firmly that he looked forward to continue the winning streak and play his part in winning back the glory for country.