Aamir Atlas Khan held off the challenge of fellow Pakistani Nasir Iqbal in the final of the 5th Kish Persian Gulf Cup to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 title after beating his unseeded opponent in five games at the Kish Olympic Sports Center in Kish Island, Iran.
Despite surviving a 108-minute five-game battle in the semi-finals, 18-year-old Iqbal opened up a 2/1 lead over Atlas Khan, the former world No14.
But Khan, who has never previously lost to his teenaged compatriot, reclaimed the upper hand in the encounter before closing out the match 11-5, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8 in 85 minutes.
“I am very happy with my performance and enjoyed playing here on the best courts and in a beautiful place,” Khan told the national TV channel. “It’s a very well-organised event and I would like to come again next year.
“Thanks to Kish sports for this event and I wish them more success in squash and with their talented players who are the future of squash in the coming days,” concluded the 22-year-old world No65 (pictured, left, with runner-up Iqbal).
The success takes Kahn’s career tally to nine PSA Tour titles.