NBP, WAPDA clinch National Badminton Championship titles


Karachi: After a thrilling competition in best of five matches in the finals, NBP overpowered WAPDA 3-2 in men’s event while in women’s team event WAPDA reversed the result to beat NBP in the final in National Badminton Championship underway in Lahore.

In men’s team event final, Murad Ali put NBP 1-0 up beating Azeem Sarwar of WAPDA by 19-21, 21-17, 21-16 score.

In the first doubles match of the tie, NBP’s Rizwan and Kashif defeated Azeem Sarwar and Irfan Saeed by 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 score.

In the second singles match, Awais Zahid helped WAPDA reduce arrears beating Harrison Brent of NBP in straight sets by 21-10, 21-17 score.

In the second doubles Awais and Attique helped WAPDA level the score-line 2-2 after beating Ijaz and Murad Ali by 21-19, 21-14 score.

In the decisive fifth match of the final and third singles match, NBP’s Rizwan Azam dropped a set before overpowering Irfan Saeed of WAPDA recording a 19-21, 21-16, 21-16 victory and hence team event title for his team.

In women’s team event final tie, Palwasha Bashir put NBP 1-0 up beating Khizra Rashid of WAPDA by 21-13, 21-7 score.

In the first doubles match, Saima and Farzana level the arrears for WAPDA defeating Aisha and Sara Khan by 21-8, 21-14 score.

In the second singles, Mahnoor Shehzad gave WAPDA 2-1 after beating Aisha Akram by 21-9, 21-5 score.

Meanwhile, in the second doubles encounter, Palwash and Sara Mohmand of NBP thrashed Sidra and Khizra of WAPDA in straight sets by 21-19, 21-18 score to equalize the score-line.

However, in the decisive third singles match, Saima Waqas of WAPDA recovered from a set down to beat Sara Mohmand by 14-21, 21-14, 21-19 score and clinch the title.