PESHAWAR:The 15-year-old teenager from KPK, Laiba Ijaz won two gold titles in the women squash event of the Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games 2017, being held at Jinnah Sports Complex, Islamabad. She won the individual and team gold medals.

The first gold was won by Laiba in women squash individual category on Wednesday, and now she recorded another thumping victory against strong Punjab team in the final of the Team Championship by winning second gold medal.

Laiba Ijaz along with promising sisters Nimra Aqeel and Hira Aqeel defeated Punjab team in straight sets. In the first Laiba Ijaz recorded victory against her strong rival Tayyaba of Punjab in straight sets, the score was 12-10, 12-10 and 11-9. There was see saw battle between Tayyaba of Punjab and Laiba of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the three sets battle. Laiba played well and due to her attacking strategy she saved two set points in the first set and three set points in the second before winning the third and decisive sets by 11-9.

Tayyaba of Punjab also played well and was all the time in the lead against Laiba Ijaz but Laiba at the end did not give much change to Tayyaba to bounce back and thus matched into victory in straight sets. In the second singles Hira Aqeel defeated Saleha of Punjab by 3-0, the score was 11-8, 11-9 and 12-10 while Nimran secured victory against Sabgha Ahmad of Punjab in straight sets, the score was 11-8, 12-10 and 11-7.

In the Men squash event Mansoor also won doubled gold medals when he defeated Zeeshan Zeb in the individual final while in the Team event KP team comprising Mansoor Zaman, Zeeshan Zeb, Haris, Saif Ullah and Ahmad Hassan recorded victory against Punjab in the final.

Overall KP won four gold medals and two silver medals in the Women and Men squash event.


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