Pakay Powers On In Wah Cantt

3 Sep 06

Unseeded Maria Toor Pakay maintained local interest through to the last four of the Women's POF Wah Cantt Open when she overcame Pakistani compatriot Aliya Sarfraz to claim her maiden appearance in the semi-finals of a WISPA World Tour event at the Jahangir Khan Squash Centre in Wah Cantt, Pakistan.

The 15-year-old from Peshawar, winner of the Pakistan National title last year, beat qualifier Sarfraz 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 and will now face second seed Delia Arnold after the Malaysian beat South Africa's No8 seed Adel Weir 9-2, 9-2, 9-4.

There will be Malaysian interest in the other semi-final when top seed Sharon Wee takes on England's No3 seed Kirsty McPhee after both players dropped only a handful of points between them in their quarter-finals. Wee beat Pakistan's fifth seed Muqaddas Ashraf 9-1, 9-0, 9-2, while McPhee also overcame local opposition in her 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 dismissal of Saima Shoukat.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [5] Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) 9-1, 9-0, 9-2 (19m)
[3] Kirsty McPhee (ENG) bt Saima Shoukat (PAK) 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 (15m)
Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) bt [Q] Aliya Sarfraz (PAK) 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 (23m)
[2] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [8] Adel Weir (RSA) 9-2, 9-2, 9-4 (37m)