Top Seeds To Contest Karachi Final

After surviving contrasting semi-finals today in Karachi, top seeds Aamir Atlas Khan and Nasir Iqbal will contest the all-Pakistani final of the DHA Karachi International Squash Championship, the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Asif Nawaz Squash Complex in the largest city in Pakistan.

Second seed Iqbal's steady squash proved too strong for his skilful compatriot Farhan Zaman.

"The contrasting styles were a treat to watch and the crowd was amazed by Farhan's shot making and Nasir's recoveries," said event spokesman Kashif Shuja.

Iqbal, the 18-year-old world No69 from Peshawar, went on to win 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 in 40 minutes to reach the sixth PSA Tour final of his career.

The other semi was a family clash between brothers Aamir and Danish Atlas Khan.

Top seed Aamir got the better of his younger brother as the 19-year-old had to retire after two games due to a niggling ankle.

The 11-7, 11-2 victory takes the 22-year-old Pakistan number one into the 16th Tour final of his career.

World No51 Aamir has attracted considerable media attention since his Asian Games medal-winning performances a couple of years ago. Friday's final will be covered live by the national channel PTV (Pakistan TV) Sports.

The match will be the third consecutive Tour final Khan and Iqbal have contested - the most recent being last month's Persian Gulf Cup in Iran, where Khan recorded the fourth successive win over his Peshawar rival.

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 DHA Karachi International Championship, Karachi, Pakistan
Semi-finals:
[1] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [4] Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-2 ret.
[2] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)

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