NBP’s Mu­rad Ali, three oth­ers reach semi-fi­nals

All Pak­istan Shuhada-e-Army Na­tional Bad­minton

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

PE­SHAWAR—Mu­rad Ali of NBP, Ab­dur Rehman of Wapda in Men sin­gles and Khaizra Rashid in Ladies sin­gles took berth into the semi-fi­nals of the All Pak­istan Shuhada-e-Army Na­tional Bad­minton Tour­na­ment be­ing played here at Pe­shawar Ser­vices Club on Sunday.

Winner of the bronze medal in the re­cently Sounth Asian Games in In­dia, and Pak­istan once Cham­pion Mu­rad Ali of NBP de­feated Azeem Sar­war of Pak­istan Wapda in a marathon match played on rat­tling pace as both Mu­rad and Azeem ex­hib­ited some beau­ti­ful force­ful smashes in front of the jam-packed in­door hall.

Mu­rad won the first set by 21-19 but failed to click in the se­cond won by Azeem Sar­war at 1721. It was the re­main­ing two set which dom­i­nated by Mu­rad and marched into vic­tory at 21-19 and 23-21.

The two stretched to full length by giv­ing a tough time to each other as the set was tied more than six oc­ca­sions at 5-5, 7-7, 10-10, 11-11, 1212, 14-14, 18-18, 19-19, 20-20 and at the end Mu­rad got the set and the match when he smashed three con­sec­u­tive points at 20-all. Azeem apart from tak­ing a point failed to click and thus lost the match.

In the se­cond quar­ter-fi­nal match seeded se­cond in the tour­na­ment Abd­sur Rehman de­feated Mo­qeet Tahir in an­other thrilling match, the score was 17-21, 21-19 and 21-18. Ab­dur Rehman lost the first set but he staged a strong come back and marched into vic­tory at 21-19 and 21-18.

In the Ladies sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nal Khaizra Rasheed, who also won a bronze medal for Pak­istan in the re­cently held South Asian Games in In­dia, recorded vic­tory against Ghaz­ala of Pun­jab and took berth into the semi-fi­nals.

Khaizra Rasa­heed los the first set by 18-21 but she made it quite easy af­ter win­ning two con­sec­u­tive sets by 21-15 and 21-19 against her strong ri­val from Pun­jab.

Ear­lier, in the pre-quar­ter-fi­nals top seeded Owias of Wapda also recorded vic­tory against An­jum Bashir of SNGPL by 21-15 and 21-19, Awan Ab­bas of Wapda beat Tayyab Bashir of Pun­jab by 2-0, Ir­fan Saeed of Wapda beat Shameer Iftikhar of Pun­jab by 2-1, the score was 18-21, 2119 and 21-19, Hashir Bashir of Wapda beat Sabir Hanif of NBP by 2-0, Mo­qeet Tahir of Wapda beat Shabir Hussain of Pun­jab by 2-0, and moved into the quar­ter-fi­nals.—APP

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