KARACHI - From two games down in the final of the Chicago Open, Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman staged the biggest fight-back of his career to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at Life Time Athletic in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Third seed Zaman, from Peshawar, faced 30-year-old Mexican Eric Galvez, the No 4 seed. Galvez, who survived three consecutive tie-break games to see off unseeded Frenchman Joan Lezaud in the semi-finals, took the opening two games. But 20-year-old Zaman came back to draw level - and was leading 8-4 in the fifth when Galvez shook his hand, unable to compete after suffering a hamstring injury in the previous round.
“It was 55 minutes of gruelling squash and Farhan looked delighted to win his second title of the year - and is looking forward to playing the Phoenix Open, the fifth tournament of the Life Time Grand Prix Series,” said Life Time Squash Tour Director Andre Maur.
“What a great moment for Farhan as he had the great Legend Jahangir Khan watching the final and winning the Chicago Open,” added Maur. The 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2, 8-4 (ret.) triumph marks the third Tour title of Zaman’s career.
It was a remarkable and highly-appreciable performance by the young lad and clearly showed the great work conducted by the head coach Jamshed Gul, who in a very short span of time, turned Farhan best into the business, as the youngsters hardly managed to reach quarterfinals in the recent past, but now he had won three PSA titles in a row.
Talking to The Nation from US, Farhan Zaman said: “I attribute this victory to Jamshed Ustad, who has done exceptional job and transformed my entire style.”
“This victory is very special for me and I will cherish this for a very long time in which I fought with my heart and soul and till the last moment to lift the title. I will continue to repeat such performances in future too. I need coach’s training and the PSF help to continue to participate in maximum number of PSA events,” Farhan concluded.