Komal to face Laiba in KP Women Squash C’ship final
PESHAWAR—Top seed Komal Khan recorded two consecutive victories by setting up final clash against second seed Laiba Ijaz in the final of the 6th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Squash Championship here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Friday.
Former World Champion Qamar Zaman and former World No. 2 Mohib Ullah Khan graced the occasion as guests and witnessed the thrilling quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Komal recorded victory against Shaista in the quarter-finals in straight sets, the score was 11-4, 11-8 and 11-6 while similarly beat third seeded Kainat Khan by 3-0, the score was 117, 11-8 and 11-9.
Shaista did not give any resistance to top seeded Komal in the straight sets and lost the match while Kainat Khan gave tough resistance to Komal in the semi-final. Both were stretched to three sets.
Kainat, also improved her game, played well against her strong rival Komal and did some resistance but overall Komal dominated the proceedings and played attacking game.
On the other hand, second seeded Laiba Ijaz, who also received an injury on her nose but she continued and secured victories in the quarter-final and semi-final by setting final showdown with Komal.
In her quarter-final match Laiba defeated Naima Khalid in straight sets, the score was 11-5, 11-7 and 11-5 and did the same against Maria in the semi-final. The score was 11-4, 11-3 and 11-2. Laiba Ijaz played well and did not take much time in humiliating her two rivals in the quarter-finals and semi-final.
Now the final will be played between top seeded Komal, who is also the national junior champion, and Laiba Ijaz, seeded second on Saturday at 3.30 p.m at the same venue.
Earlier, before the start of the quarter-finals and semi-final matches the players were introduced to both former World Champion Qamar Zaman and former World No. 2 Mohib Ullah Khan. Secretary KP Squash Association Munawar Zaman, female coordinator of squash Nargis Bakhash, officials and players were also present.
Top four players would represent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the fourth coming National Junior Under-17 Women Squash Championship.—APP