RAWALPINDI - Pakistan's top woman squash player Maria Toorpai Wazir made the huge upset in the $10,000 2nd Bahria Town International Women Squash Championship after defeating second seed Egyptian Nadine Shahin 3-1 in 43 minutes in the quarterfinals played here at Safari Club Bahria Town Rawalpindi squash courts on Thursday.

While defending champion Indian Sachika Ingale also suffered straight games defeat against top seed Siyoli Waters of South Africa. It was arguably a great day as far as women squash in Pakistan is concerned as Maria provided local crowd something to cheer about with her gutsy performance. The entire arena was pack to capacity hoping for a miracle, in which Maria remained highly successful.

Maria started the match as highly underdog, but she settled down well thanks mainly to vocal crowd, who cheered her all the way and chanted her name with full throat. She completely outclassed Nadine to take the first game 11-5. It was royal battle witnessed in the second game as Nadine showed why she was number two seed in the event and took the game to the wire. Maria played some lovely squash and long rallies, but she lost the game 12-14. After losing the second game, Maria entered the court with new self-belief and crowd played the decisive role, as the top Pakistani players took the game 11-7. In the fourth game, it was all Maria, who brushed aside Nadine by 11-4 to book semifinal berth with Malaysian Teh Min Jie.

In the second quarterfinal, Indian Sachika Ingale, who was also enjoying vocal home support, was pitted against top seed South African Siyoli Waters. It was mission impossible for Sachika, who was no match to the power, aggression and experience of Siyoli, who easily won the match 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in only 22 minutes. In the third quarterfinal, third seed Liu Tsz-Ling of Hong Kong beat Egyptian Farah Abdel Meguid 3-0 in 37 minutes with the score of 11-4, 14-12, 12-10. In the fourth and last quarterfinal, Teh Min Jie of Malaysia beat compatriot Rachel Arnold in the match of the day in five hard-fought games. Min lost the first game 7-11, second 4-11 but she then bounced back in style to win next three games in a row 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 in 46 minutes of highly-charged contest to set up semifinal date with top seed Siyoli.

The first semifinal will be played at 3pm today (Friday) between Siyoli Waters and Liu Tsz-Ling, while Maria will take on Min in the second semifinal at 4pm.