All Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Tournament
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Badminton is now one of the popular playing game in the whole world. Though Pakistan was banned to play international badminton after September 2009 but this not let down their morals and passion about badminton.
Many badminton tournaments and championships held throughout the whole year between different districts and cities of Pakistan. Also this game is very common between the colleges & universities.
All Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Championship starts from 13 Feb 2012 at Wadood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex. A total of 34 players from Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad, FATA, Rawalpindi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took part in this championship.
AJK team comprising (Neelam, Uraj, Nadia, Nisha), Balochistan (Sameena, Nadia, Saba), Islamabad (Nadia Butt, Shehreen, Mahpara Gul), Punjab (Fareeha Imtiaz, Ghazal Sadiq, Mehmona), FATA (Anusha, Beena, Maria), Khyber Pakthunkhwa (Arifa, Aqra, Aqsa, Bushra, Sumbal, Alia, Nayyab, Mehvish, Behasth, Marium contested in the Ladies Single event.
Nida Butt (Islamabad), Arifa (Khyber Pakthunkhwa), Ghazal Saqqid (Punjab), Aqsa (Khyber Pakthunkhwa), Fareeha Imtiaz (Punjab), Mehbara Gul (Punjab), Mehmoona (Punjab), and Alia (Khyber Pakthunkhwa) are the top eight seeding players.
Top seed Nida Butt shocked her young rival and current national Junior Champion Ghazala Siddique of Lahore in the All-Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ladies Single final played on Friday 17th 2012. Provincial Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain was the chief guest on this occasion.
In the Ladies singles Nida Butt, the top seed of the tournament, faced tough resistance against Ghazala Siddique of Punjab in the final. The final was decided in straight sets but both Nida Butt and Ghazala struggled hard for a single point.
Nida Butt took the first set by 21-19 which was tied at 7-7, 10-10, 13-13 and 17-17 with Nida got at the end with her superb shorts at the net. Nida had command over her loop shorts at the net while Ghazala has strong arm, tried all the time to put Nida on the back foot.
Nida got the second set by 23-21 which was tied five times and event at the set points. Ghazala came from behind and tied on five occasions at 8-8, 14-14, 18-18, 19-19 and 21-21.
It was the third set where Nida faced tough resistance as Ghazala got the lead all the time but Nida came from behind to tie the point tally. The set score was 23-21 in favor of Nida Butt.
In the doubles Fareeha Imtiaz, the runner-up of the National Under-16 National Championship and Ghazala Siddique of Punjab defeated Aurfa and Aqsa, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in straight sets 3-0. The score was 21-18, 21-19, and 23-21.
Fareeha and Ghazala have better command over their smashes by putting the rivals pair of Aurfa and Aqsa at bay. Ghazala, the current national champion after winning the title at Faisalabad recently, had a beautiful overhead smashes that proved a key to the success of her team.
She also received thundering applause from the spectators with her aggressive shots and cross-court smashes. Both Fareeha and Ghazala, the future hopes for the national team, faced tough resistance in the third set where both the teams tied at set point 21-21. The set was also tied at 7-7, 8-8, 10-10, 15-15, 18-18, 20-20 and 21-21.