Pakistan Observer

Arif Gul clinches U-15 PSB Independence Day Squash title

Monday, August 15, 2011 - Peshawar—Promising youngster Arif Gul secured a thrilling 3-2 victory against his rival Liaqat Ali in the full-length Under-15 final, stretching to five sets in the Pakistan Sports Board Independence Day Age Group Squash Tournament being played here at PSB Coaching Centre on Sunday.

The final was witnessed by jam-packed spectators with squash legend Jansher Khan graced the occasion as chief guest. He also witnessed the Under-15 and Under-13 final with his elder brother and Director Squash Mohibullah Khan, former World No. 2, Director Sports PSB Coaching Center Ghulam Noorani Khan, Jansher former coach Mehboob Khan were also present.

The vociferous crowd turned the final into a thrilling battle as in the Under-15 both the finalists – Arif Gul and Liaqat Ali were stretched to five sets battle fought on rattling pace while in the Under-13 final played between Mansoor Zaman and Waheed Khan decided in four sets battle.

The Under-11 final played between Khushdil Riaz and Usman was decided in one-sided affairs 3-0.

In the first final of the Under-15 category Arif Gul lost the first two sets by 10-12 and 8-11 as Liaqat Ali fully dominated the proceedings and did not allow Arif Gul to play with free hands.

After Liaqat Ali’s onslaught, Arif Gul played with determination and came back strongly by winning three consecutive sets at 11-7, 11-5 and 11-9. Arif had full command over his cross court smashes and forceful shorts. Both Arif Gul and Liaqat Ali, despite fasting, presented excellent display which was largely enjoyed by the sitting spectators with their cheering hands.

In the Under-13 final Mansoor Zaman after a game down, came back and won the battle by 3-1, the score was 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 and 11-7. Mansoor Zaman played well and despite losing the first game he managed a strong comeback by winning three consecutive games to seal the fate of rival at 3-1.

In the Under-11 final Khushal Riaz secured 3-0 victory against Usman Khan, the score was 11-7, 11-9 and 12-10.

A total of 64 players took part in the squash event as the position holders awarded attractive cash prizes for the first time in any of the Independence Day Sports event.—APP

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