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Aamir Atlas Khan. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan brushed aside Kuwait's Abdullah Al Mezayan in three sets to become the first Pakistani in 14 years to win the Asian Squash Championship on Sunday at the Islamabad Sport Complex.

Khan triumphed over Al Mezayan after an impressive performance with figures of 11-9, 11-3, 11-8.

Speaking to Dawn.com, Khan said the victory was the result of his hard work and he was happy to have won a title for Pakistan.

"I am very happy and I am sure that after this victory, squash in Pakistan will see better days," Khan said. The twenty-two year old had earlier said that he was using the home advantage to his benefit.

"I knew I had advantage of home glass court and crowd, and I took advantage of both," he said.

Khan had beaten Asyraf Azan of Malaysia 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in the semi-final  on Saturday.

He added that his expectations before the start of the tournament were low because he had just recovered from an injury; however, his goal was to win the Asian title for which he worked hard.

In the women's final, Hong Kong's Annie Au beat Malaysia's Low Wee Wern 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-1.

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