ISLAMABAD -  Both Pakistanis Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Mehboob crashed out in the first round of the $70K Huston Open in Texas, USA on Thursday.

In the first match, world champion and top seed Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad defeated Nasir 11-13, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-7. The match was started on a high tempo and Nasir stunned Gawad by winning the game 13-11. But after that, Gawad started dictating terms and took the next three games 11-4, 11-3 and 11-7 to win the encounter in 40 minutes.

Talking to The Nation from Texas, Nasir said: “Although I lost 3-1 against the top seed but I am completely satisfied with my performance. It was never easy of coming after such long and painful gap and start producing results. Anyhow, now I am back and I will reclaim top PSA rankings only in matter of time.”

In the second match Pakistan No 1 Farhan Mehboob pulled his hamstring and was unable to move freely. He was up against Australian No 1 Ryan Cuskelly. Farhan was playing well in the first game before pulling the hamstring and lost the first game 11-8, but after that, he was not able to even stand in the court and lost the second game 11-2. He shook hand with Ryan and left the court.

Talking to The Nation, Farhan said it was disheartening to get injured as he was playing in a major international event after long gap, but one had to live with injuries. “I will train in USA before returning back to Pakistan and prepare for next big events.”



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