Karachi: Unseeded Pakistani squash player Nasir Iqbal fall short of only one match to claim Burgan Bank Challenger 10 event title after he was overpowered by favorite Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Muzayen, who extended his remarkable record in the sport in Kuwait City to win his 11th successive final on the PSA World Tour.
Since joining the PSA in 2005, the 25yearold lefthander has finished as runner-up only three times in 17 final appearances and is unbeaten in finals since winning the Progetto 6 Open in Italy in December 2010.
Top seed Al Muzayen brushed aside all comers in straight games to reach the Burgan Bank final where he met surprise opponent Iqbal.
The unseeded Pakistani teenager had created his own impressive run by making the final against expectations after ousting Malaysia’s No2 seed Muhammad Asyraf Azan 117, 118, 114 in the semifinals.
With three Tour title triumphs in the past five months, the 18yearold world No69 from Bannu was celebrating his fourth final in five events since October last year.
But Al Muzayen was too strong for the Pakistan youngster. Now boasting a career high world No38 ranking, the Kuwaiti despatched Iqbal 119, 117, 114 to win the 14th Tour title of his career and his ninth on home soil.