ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Zoya Khalid and Indian Sachika Kumar reached the final of the Bahria Town International Women Squash Championship 2014 as top seed Sammer Anjum and second seed Muqaddas Ashraf crashed out after losing their respective semi-finals played here at Safari Club Bahria Town squash courts Sunday.

In the first semifinal, top seed Sammer, who was badly injured yesterday, looked in quite pain as she had seven stitches on her left ear. But to her great credit despite, she played with lot of courage as the entire crowd was supporting Zoya and cheering for her.

It was the match between past and future of Pakistan. Zoya used her tactics quite well, as she frustrated Sammer by blocking her path to the ball. Zoya won the first game11-9 in 12 minutes. Sammer responded well in the second game and took the game 11-9 in 11 minutes to make it all square. But Zoya, backed by a vocal crowd, managed to take the third game 11-8 in 9 minutes. Referee gave Zoya conduct warning but she never stopped from shouting and arguing on every point and used all the tricks in her bag to disturb Sammer, who finally succumbed to pressure and lost the fourth game 11-8.

In the second semifinal, Indian Sachika ousted number 2 seed Muqaddas in straight games. The crowd was fully at the back of Muqaddas, but all the support couldn't prevent Muqaddas from defeat. First game started at high tempo and Muqaddas took 9-5 lead. But Sachika never lost heart and kept on fighting and took the first game 13-11. Muqaddas lacked the stamina and could not gave a fight as she lost next two games 11-9, and 11-7.

There are many complaints regarding refereeing in the event and Faheem Gul, as head referee and having tremendous experience of referring at number of international events, must ensure that persons having good reputation should be allowed to conduct the final as it would send a very bad message, if poor referring spoil all the good work done by the organisers.