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Qualifying Kicks Off in Bahria Town International


The first qualifying round of the 3rd Bahria Town International Women’s Squash Championship, PSA W15 tournament saw a number of local players move through to the next round in Islamabad.

Rushna Mehboob secured her spot in the final round of qualifying after an impressive dismantling of number four seed Saima Shoukat. Mehboob was in complete control throughout the 20-minute encounter and stormed to an 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 victory.

Mehboob will face off with fellow Pakistani player Zoya Khalid for a place in the main draw action after Khalid came through in straight games against Neha Kamal Khan.

Madina Zafar, meanwhile, earned her final qualifying round berth after a magnificent display against Anam Mustafa Aziz. Zafar took the opening two games comfortably and edged the third to set up a next round meeting with Sammer Anjum, who progressed courtesy of a bye.

Elsewhere, Farah Momen claimed a 3-0 victory over Zahab Khan to ensure that she will face the Malaysian top qualifying seed Aika Azman in the next round after Aizman received a bye.

Muqaddas Ashraf and Catur Yuliana will go head-to-head in the other final qualifying round clash with the former also being the recipient of a bye while Yuliana, the only Indonesian female player on the PSA World Tour, downed Faiza Zafar.

Results – First Qualifying Round: 3rd Bahria Town International Women’s Squash Championship 2016
[1] Aika Azman (MAS) (bye)
Farah Momen (EGY) bt [6] Zahab Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 (18m)
[8] Catar Yuliana (INA) bt [L] Faiza Zafar (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)
[3] Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) (bye)
[L] Rushna Mehboob (PAK) bt [4] Saima Shoukat (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (20m)
[L] Zoya Khalid (PAK) bt [7] Neha Kamal Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-6, 11-1, 11-7 (16m)
Madina Zafar (PAK) bt [5] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (19m)
[2] Sammer Anjum (PAK) (bye)

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Aika Azman (MAS) v Farah Momen (EGY)
[8] Catar Yuliana (INA) v [3] Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK)
[L] Rushna Mehboob (PAK) v [L] Zoya Khalid (PAK)
Madina Zafar (PAK) v [2] Sammer Anjum (PAK)

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