Pakistan’s squash contestant Maria Toorpakai Wazir put her title in the history publications by winning the first ever women’s event in the Nash Cup in Canada by beating Milou van der Heijden of the Netherlands 13-11, 11-3, 11-9.
The triumph gave Maria, who hails from South Waziristan, the third name of her WSA career after she won the Southwest Squash Open and the Liberty Bell Open last year in the US and was another milestone in her excursion of immense courage and resolve.
“When I win a tournament, I seem that I am going in the direction of my goals. So being triumphant today means a allotment to me,” Maria said after winning the Nash Cup.
Maria who had faced rigid disagreement in her native Bannu for playing games, often impersonated as a young man to contend in agrees in her cautious hometown. She moved to Peshawar in 1999 to chase her love for squash.
Upon her move, Maria was directly inducted into the Hashim Khan convoluted, entitled after the first large player to appear from a Pakistani dynasty of squash players which overridden the international game for decades.
It was in Peshawar where Maria’s father actually started to realise the factual potential his daughter had. Begining Warsak High School in Peshawar, Maria became the youngest ever victor of the National Women’s Squash Championship peakpling peak kernel Muqaddas Ashraf of Punjab in directly groups in the final at Karachi Club squash court in 2004. She was 13 at the time and while the money reward of Rs. 8,500 and a crystal trophy sensed good, it was actually the satisfaction of being better than everyone that was to accelerate Maria’s drive. She rapidly swatted away her affray, winning an Under-15 tournament and then at 15 being triumphant the Under-19 Hashim Khan National juvenile championship in 2005.
She levelled up the nationwide rankings, Dunlop racquet in hand and Mohammad Ali representing confidence, often she calling herself the world’s bestest squash player in some of her post-play press seminars. It was this self conviction and great form that eventually conveyed her to the worldwide platform, by joining the WISPA in 2006. She was desparately at ease on the worldwide circuit as well, coming to the semi-final stage of the 2nd WISPA worldwide Women’s Squash Championship at the POF Jahangir Khan convoluted in Islamabad.
In August 2007 she was awarded the Salaam Pakistan award by the President of Pakistan, beside tennis contestant Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and footballer Muhammad Essa.
The year 2009 glimpsed her win her first international tournament when she trounce the same adversary she had beaten as a 13-year-old. Muqaddas Ashraf one time afresh succumbed to Maria’s power and agility losing the Chief of armed detachment employees worldwide squash tournament.
But it was in 2011 that her fortunes actually altered.
After learning of a job unfastening at Canadian squash legend Jonathan Power’s National Squash Academy in Toronto, Maria composed an emotional note to Power about the adversity of teaching without coercion in Peshawar and about her aspirations of following in the footsteps of other Pakistani greats. Moved by the plea, Power ultimately took the young gifts under his wings and urged to make her a world champion.
The academy in Toronto provided Maria “10 out of 10” as far as gifts was concerned but a lack of correct training intended she had a long way to go before she could contend with the top stars in the world. Her grit and conclusion, however, intended that it wasn’t going to be long until that occurred.
She got Two titles in last year 2012, qualification in the British Open major draw (a first for Pakistani feminine players) and now into the renowned the Nash Cup.