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Tsz-Ling storms to Bahria Town International title


Hong Kong's Liu Tsz-Ling produced a glittering display to defeat Egyptian teenager Amina Yousry in a highly entertaining final in the Bahria Town International Women's Squash Championship in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Entering the tournament as a strong favourite after two PSA World Tour title wins in the latter part of 2015, Tsz-Ling displayed outstanding form to progress to the final without dropping a single game, including a straight games victory over Tong Tsz-Wing in the semi-final. On the opposite side of the draw, 15-year-old Yousry upset the tournament seedings on multiple occasions, outclassing second seed Nadine Shahin in the quarter final before triumphing over defending champion and home favourite Maria Toorpakai Wazir in the semi-final.

Given that both finalists were in blistering form, a mouth-watering finale was in prospect and a closely fought first game encounter saw Yousry rise to the occasion, battling hard to seal the first game 12-10.

With a potential upset on the cards, Tsz-Ling responded resolutely in the second, applying severe pressure on her younger opponent to win the game 12-10 and level the scores.

With the match firmly locked in the balance, Tsz-Ling soon began to demonstrate her class and experience and dominated Yousry in the closing stages. The World No.41 claimed the third game 11-7 before charging to a convincing 11-6 win in the fourth to seal a ninth career PSA World Tour title.

Result – Final: 3rd Bahria Town International Women's Squash Championship 2016
[1] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [6] Amina Yousry (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-6

By Jonny Coverdale

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