Khan Captures Life Time City Center Open Title in Houston

Champion Shahjahan Khan (center, right) and finalist Spencer Lovejoy (center, left) with tournament organizers.

World No. 52 Shahjahan Khan claimed his fifth career PSA title and first of the season, the Life Time City Center Open Sunday, February 28, in Houston, Texas.

The $6,000 Challenger draw was restricted to players residing in the U.S. due to the ongoing pandemic, but the draw still included players from eight different countries.

The results largely played out according to seeding with the top four seeds all advancing to the semifinals. Spencer Lovejoy, the four seed and world No. 99, reached the final courtesy of the tournament’s biggest upset over two seed Lyell Fuller in five games, 10-12, 11-7, 2-11, 12-10, 11-3.

In the other semifinal, Khan came back from dropping the first to defeat three seed Faraz Khan in four games.

Khan then put in a clinical performance to clinch the title, defeating Lovejoy 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 in forty-one minutes.

The title marks the Seattle-native’s first on the PSA Challenger Tour since November 2019.