Top seed Kamran Khan triumphed in an all-Malaysian final of the Pro Squash Kansai in Japan to claim his maiden PSA World Tour title at the PSA Challenger 5 event at Pro Squash Kansai in Kobe, the fifth largest city in Japan.

The 21-year-old from Kuala Lumpur survived tough four-game quarter and semi-final battles – against Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi and Englishman Chris Fuller, respectively – en-route to the final.

Keo, a 23-year-old, also from KL, ended domestic interest in the event when he beat qualifier Shimizu Takanori, from Tokyo, in the quarter-finals.

And second-seeded underdog Keo built up a 2/1 lead over Khan in the final as a shock result looked on the cards.

But the favourite, ranked more than 60 places above Keo, stormed back to take the fourth – then survived a close tie-break in the decider to win 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11 in a marathon 115 minutes.

Picture shows Khan with tournamemt organiser Miyuki Adachi

Final:
1 Kamran Khan (MAS) bt [2] Elvinn Keo (MAS) 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11 (115m)

Semi-finals:
1 Kamran Khan (MAS) bt [3] Chris Fuller (ENG) 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 (82m)
2 Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt James Huang (TPE) 13-11, 5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 (66m)

Quarter-finals:
1 Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 11-5, 0-11, 11-6, 11-5 (60m)
3 Chris Fuller (ENG) bt [Q] Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 (26m)
James Huang (TPE) bt Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (18m)
2 Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt [Q] Shimizu Takanori (JPN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (27m)

1st round:
1 Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Yuta Fukui (JPN) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (27m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [Q] Kobayashi Ryosei (JPN) 11-3, 11-2, 11-6 (16m)
[Q] Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt James Skiffington (NZL) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (25m)
3 Chris Fuller (ENG) bt Jonathan Geekie (SCO) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
James Huang (TPE) bt [4] Kam Hing Choong (MAS) 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7 (52m)
Hon Fung Wong (HKG) bt [Q] David Haley (WAL) 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
[Q] Shimizu Takanori (JPN) bt Alireza Sanaei (IRI) 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 (24m)
2 Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) 11-8, 11-8, 11-1 (29m)

Qualifying finals:
David Haley (WAL) bt Muqadar Shah (PAK) 5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (24m)
Kobayashi Ryosei (JPN) bt Taiki Kaido (JPN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (26m)
Shimizu Takanori (JPN) bt Tomotaka Endo (JPN) 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-2 (40m)
Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt Will John (WAL) 11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7

1st qualifying round:
David Haley (WAL) bye
Muqadar Shah (PAK) bt Daisaku Tanaka (JPN) 11-5, 11-0, 11-5 (15m)
Taiki Kaido (JPN) bt Sajjad Ali Khan (PAK) 3-11, 11-6, 6-0 ret. (16m)
Kobayashi Ryosei (JPN) bt Shahzad Khan (PAK) 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2 (47m)
Shimizu Takanori (JPN) bt Muhammad Khalid Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
Tomotaka Endo (JPN) bt Wahab Khan (PAK) 11-1, 11-3, 11-9 (14m)
Will John (WAL) bt Kyohei Hariki (JPN) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt Naoki Hayashi (JPN) 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (14m)