NBP’s Murad Ali to face Ali Mehdi of WAPDA in National Badminton Championships 2019 final
Murad ousted WAPDA’s Azeem Sarwar while Ali made it to the final after his opponent Aoun Abbas retired in the National Badminton Championships at Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore.
Ghazala Siddique of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and WAPDA’s Saima Waqas secured the women’s doubles crown with a straight sets win over the WAPDA pair of Sehra Akram and Huma Javed in the National Badminton Championships at Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore.
Also, the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) duo of Rizwan Azam and Sara Rizwan lifted the mixed doubles title, beating Wapda’s Sehra and Awais Zahid in straight sets.
While Ghazala set herself for a shot at another title as she made the women’s singles final against WAPDA’s Mahoor Shahzad, Sehra suffered three defeats on the day as she fell in the singles semi-final.
The men’s final will be contested between NBP’s Murad Ali and Ali Mehdi of WAPDA today at Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore.
Ghazala and Saima outfought Sehra and Huma in a 38-minute contest, prevailing 21-17, 21-15 thanks to their aggressive stroke play and superb serve. Rizwan and Sara, meanwhile, sailed past Sehra and Awais 21-12, 21-14.
Sehra put up little resistance against Mahoor in their last-four singles clash as the latter cruised to a 21-8, 21-5 victory but the other semi-final was a tantalising match-up as Ghazala was taken the full distance by WAPDA’s Aneela Irshad. Ghazala eventually won 22-20, 18-21, 21-13.
Murad ousted WAPDA’s Azeem Sarwar 21-15, 21-15 in their semi-final clash while Ali made it to the final after his opponent Aoun Abbas retired with an injury having lost the first set 18-21.
Women’s doubles (final): Saima Waqas (WAPDA)/Ghazala Siddique (SNGPL) bt Sehra Akram/Huma Javed (both Wapda) 21-17, 21-15.
Mixed doubles (final): Rizwan Azam/Sara Rizwan (both NBP) bt Awais Zahid/Sehra Akram (WAPDA) 21-12, 21-14.
Women’s singles (semi-finals): Mahoor Shahzad (WAPDA) bt Sehra Akram (WAPDA) 21-8, 21-5;
Ghazala Siddique (SNGPL) bt Aneela Irshad (WAPDA) 22-20, 18-21, 21-13.
Men’s singles (semi-finals): Ali Mehdi (WAPDA) bt Aoun Abbas (WAPDA) 21-18—Aoun retired; Murad Ali (NBP) bt Azeem Sarwar (WAPDA) 21-15, 21-15.
Men’s doubles (semi-finals): Awais Zahid (WAPDA)/Raja Zulqarnain (NBP) bt Zunnain Javed/Aoun Abbas (both WAPDA) 21-19, 21-10;
Attique Chaudhry (WAPDA)/Raja Hasnain (NBP) bt Hashir Bashir (WAPDA)/Murad Ali (NBP) 21-18, 21-10.