18 year old Ahsan Ayaz became a source of pride for Pakistan as he won the 2016 Malaysian Squash tour held in Penang, Malaysia. Ayaz fought a tough battle against the home player Syafiq Kamal who was considered as a potential player of the tournament and was hoping to win the title at his fourth International PSA tour.
However, kamal’s hopes were tarnished as Ayaz swiftly moved towards victory with a comfortable of 11-6, 14-12, 11-4. He dominated in all three rounds making his victory inevitable. With this prodigious win he became the first Pakistani to win an International tournament this year.
Ahsan Ayaz defeated rival Asim Khan in the first round by 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 in a mere fraction of 30 minutes. He then progressed towards the quarter finals and aced it by defeating Henry Leung of Hong Kong by 11-2, 11-8, 13-15, 11-13, 11-6 in 81 minutes.
Ayaz was absolutely elated over this well deserved win and expressed his gratitude towards his parents and the squash board.
I won my first PSA title today and I would just like to say thanks to my parents, who always supported me and prayed for me and also to the [Pakistan Squash] federation.
In the final of Women’s Malaysian Tour, World number 62, Malaysian player Sivasangari Subramaniam won the tournament after beating opponent Rachel Arnold by 3-1 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 in 35 minutes.
The 17 year old won a solid victory and cruised her way to the finals.
I have had a good week here in Penang by winning my fourth PSA title. I hope I can win more PSA titles in the future.” said Subramaniam.
Pakistani star and currently world number 252, Ayaz, also aspires to win his next PSA title next week at Perlis, contesting in the fifth stage of the tournament. Hailing from the land of the Pakhtuns, this 18 year old lad hopes to bring more glory to his country by winning international tournaments and re establishing Pakistan’s name in the world of squash.
Though the current situation of squash in Pakistan is dismal as we have failed to reproduce stars like Jansher Khan or Jahangir Khan, emergence of young talent is a ray of hope for the future. In order to further groom our talent it is essential that the Pakistan Squash Federation holds big tournaments on national level which could ensure participation from all over the country.
This will not only enable players to get the necessary exposure but will generate competitiveness in the game, urging players to do better.