World Squash Association sponsored
event in Pakistan named "Bahria Town International
Womens Squash Championship " was held in Rawalpindi,
Pakistan from 20 Feb 2014 to 24 Feb 2014 at Safari Club
in Bahria Town.
The event was in the process of
cancellation due to withdrawal of many foreign players
including China, Canada due to Security because of
recent developments in Pakistan. However, the organisers
made all the arrangements to make it successful. The
lone Indian girl Sachika Ingale (after withdrawal of
Anandita Gupta from the event) went ahead against all
odds and participated in the event. The only thing in
her mind was "Friendship through Sports". After
defeating many stalwards of Pakistan in the climb to the
FINALS, she defeated the Pakistan National Womens
Champion Zoya Khalid 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 in the Finals thus
making it straight 3-0 win. A noteworthy feat is that
through out the tournament, she has not dropped a single
set. This is her first ever WSA event at International
Championship. She made the country proud last year also
by reaching pre quarter finals of the World Junior
Championship in Poland in Jul 2013.
In a final that went the
distance, Mansoor Zaman had to draw in all his energies to overcome the
challenge of Shahid Zaman to snatch gold in an all-Pakistan squash final
of the 9th SAF Games.
As the scoreline suggests, the match was a real cracker as the two players
fought tooth and nail for almost 80 minutes before Mansoor could complete
victory at the Roshan Khan Complex.
So tight was the match that
Mansoor fought back after being 3-8 to level the scores at 8-8 before
Shahid came at par. However, from there onwards, Mansoor zoomed ahead to
seal the match much to the relief of his father Qamar Zaman,
who is also the Pakistan manager.
In the women's final featuring Indian players, Joshana Chinappa defeated
Mikhala Subedar 9-4, 8-10, 9-5, 9-1 in another exciting match.
Joshana, who had won the Asian Junior championship at the same venue was
always the favourite to clinch gold and she lived up to that
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