NUST win All-Pakistan Inter-University Women Squash title

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Peshawar—NUST Islamabad clinched the trophy after defeating defending Championship Iqra University Karachi by 2-1 in the final of the All-Pakistan Inter-University Women Squash Championship organized by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University here at PSB Mohib Ullah Khan Squash Academy Courts on Wednesday.
The players from NUST Islamabad and Iqra University Karachi produced great thrilling for the sitting spectators.
In the first single of the Team event final Hiba Zakir defeated Sadia of Iqra University by 3-1 in a thrilling match.
Hiba Zakir faced tough resistance at the hands of Sadia Khan in marathon four sets battle. The score was 11-9, 11-13, 13-11 and 14-12. Sadia Khan and Hiba played well and gave each other a thrilling response with some beautiful strokes were also witnessed.
Hiba got the first set which was once tied at 9-9 and lost the second at 11-13. The set was tied at 5-5, 7-7, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11 and the same was the case in the third set where both were locked at 6-6, 9-9, 10-10 and 11-all.
It was the fourth set in which both Hiba Zakir and Sadia Khan stretched to 14-12. The set was tied at 4-4, 7-7, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12 before Hiba taking the set at 14-12.
In the second Rukhsar of NUST lost to Zahab of Iqra University in the 3-1 battle, the score was 12-10, 11-7, 9-11 and 12-10. Zahab lost the first set but she did not look behind and marched into victory in the fourth set.
In the last singles of the best of three event, Faiza Zafar of NUST beat Neha of Iqra University by 3-0, the score was 11-7, 12-10 and 11-9.
In the third position match Punjab University defeated University of Sargodha by 2-0 in a one-sided affair. In the first singles Rabia of Punjab beat Uzma of Sargodha by 2-1, the score was 12-10, 9-11, 11-7 and 11-7 and Unaiza of Punjab beat Hira of Sargodha University by 3-0, the score was 11-5, 11-9 and 11-7.
The Squash Championship was organized by Directorate of Sports Shaheed Benazir Women University with the collaboration of Director General HEC.
Later, former World Champion Qamar Zaman, Director Sports HEC Fida Hussain, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Professor Dr. Razia Sultana gave away trophies, certificates and cash prizes to the position holders.
Secretary General AIPs Asia Amjad Aziz Malik, former DG PSB Dr. Waheed Mughal, Director Sports PSB Coaching Center Mumtaz Ahmad Nadeem, Chief Referee PSF Munawar Zaman, Director Sports HED, KP Organizing Secretary Ms. Maria Samin, officials, players and large number of spectators were also present.—APP