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11/09/07

Squash: Khan Captures Iran Open Crown

Source: Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA)

 

Appearing in her first WISPA World Tour final for more than two years, Pakistan's Carla Khan earned the perfect reward when she upset top seed Donna Urquhart to lift the Iran Women's Squash Open title in the north western Iranian city of Rasht.

 

Seeded four, Khan beat second-seeded Indian Dipika Pallikal to earn a place in the final of the new WISPA Premiere Series event in Iran.

 

The UK-based 26-year-old, returning to WISPA World Tour action after a back injury, battled for 63 minutes to beat Australian Urquhart 9-4, 9-1, 5-9, 9-7.

 

The triumph marks Khan's fourth WISPA title, but the first since September 2005.
 
The new WISPA Premiere Series event in Iran attracted local players as well those from all over the globe, with the top four seeds - from Australia, Netherlands, Pakistan and India - making it through to the semi-finals.

 

RESULTS:         Iran Women's Squash Open, Rasht, Iran
 
2nd round:
[1] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Mastaneh Karampour (IRI) 9-1, 9-0, 9-1
[5] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Fatemehalsadat Haidary (IRI) 9-3, 9-2, 9-0
[3] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) bt Sima Padbod (IRI) 9-1, 9-2, 9-1
[6] Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) bt Sahar Sareminaeini (IRI) 9-7, 9-4, 9-2
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [8] Claire Kidd (SCO) 9-7, 9-0, 6-9, 9-4
[4] Carla Khan (PAK) bt Parand Dolatyzadeh (IRI) 9-0, 9-1, 9-3
[7] Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) bt Elham Ramezani (IRI) 9-0, 9-1, 9-0
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Raheleh Bagheri (IRI) 9-0, 9-0, 9-1

Quarter-finals:
[1] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [5] Heba El Torky (EGY) 9-7, 5-9, 9-5, 9-3 (40m)
[3] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) bt [6] Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) 9-0, 9-4, 9-6 (23m)
[4] Carla Khan (PAK) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 (21m)
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [7] Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) 10-8, 9-5, 9-7 (39m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [3] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 9-2, 6-9, 9-4, 10-8 (51m)
[4] Carla Khan (PAK) bt [2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 9-4, 9-4, 4-9, 9-1 (32m)

Final:

[4] Carla Khan (PAK) bt [1] Donna Urquhart (AUS)      9-4, 9-1, 5-9, 9-7 (63m)

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