ISLAMABAD - Top seed Farhan Zaman once again survived Tayyab Aslam’s scare in the final of the $15,000 Parco – Roshan Khan Open Squash Championship 2016, played here at PN Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, Fleet Club, Karachi on late Thursday night.

Great Jahangir Khan and others were witnessing the enthralling final. Farhan was 2-1 down and looked doomed in the final against the second seed Tayyab, who is described by many pundits as a potential threat to any given opponent, if he plays according to his strength.

Farhan was looking in huge pressure to cope with the situation and had a bad habit of losing cool and throwing things away when he is given torrid time by the opponents. The same happened in the final too, despite winning the first game, Farhan never looked winning the event, as he was taking too much pressure and committing childish mistakes, while on the other hand, Tayyab was very cool, calm, composed and alive to the task ahead.

Farhan started the first game as usual on a low note, while Tayyab was also struggling to gain momentum, both the players played cautiously and made a number of unforced errors right throughout the game. It was see-saw battle, as both the players were fighting for each and every point and any could take healthy lead. Tayyab had a golden opportunity to seal the fate of the game, when he was leading 8-6, but he missed the trick and Farhan took full advantage of it as first he leveled the score at 8-8 and then went on to take the game 11-9.

It was all Tayyab in the second game, as he was moving freely, playing top class squash and was getting ample support from the pack-to-capacity crowd, who were cheering although for both players, yet majority was right behind Tayyab put extra pressure on Farhan and took the second game 11-7. In the third game, Tayyab, who once again started dictating terms and put Farhan on sword, was playing delicate squash, his drop-shoots were hitting jack pot and his powerful rallies were also paying great dividend. On the other hand, Farhan was simply down and out and was not even looking close to what he had provided in the semifinals. Farhan finally found rhythm, but it was too little too late as Tayyab won the third game 11-8 to take very handy 2-1 lead in the final.

After playing so well in the first three games, Tayyab, all of a sudden, lost his rhythm and allowed Farhan to stage a remarkable comeback. Farhan simply outclassed Tayyab in the fourth game winning it 11-0. Tayyab was looking stunned and it was hard to believe, a player who was dominating the match was completely outclassed in the fourth game.

Tayyab never came back from the shock of the fourth game and was mentally outclassed, as it was clearly evident from the fifth game that Tayyab was just a meager spectator in the match as he was hardly moving and was returning the ball literally glued at one corner of the court. Farhan started toying with Tayyab, as he played long rallies and kept Tayyab on the run. Farhan finally shut the doors on Tayyab and won the game 11-4, thus won the final 3-2 in 57 minutes.

Pak-Arab Refinery Limited Deputy Managing Director Shahid Mahmood Khan graced final as as chief guest and he along with Jahangir Khan, PSF senior vice president AVM Syed Razi Nawab, handed over glittering crystal trophy and $2,346 to Farhan Zaman, while Tayyab Aslam was awarded runner-up trophy and $1,605.