Karachi: Bahria Town in Rawalpindi will host the first Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Tour event in Pakistan for almost seven years.
The USD 10,000 prize-fund event has attracted players from seven countries and will take place at the Safari Club from April 1-4.
South African champion Siyoli Waters, ranked 35 in the world, is the event's top seed while local interest will be led by Maria Toorpakai Wazir, the event's No.7 seed who hails from Peshawar. The Toronto-based world No.58 is the highest-ranked Pakistan-born player of all-time.
"The USD 10,000 women event shows that Pakistan Squash Federation is keen to promote women's squash in Pakistan," PSF Secretary Amir Nawaz was quoted as saying in a WSA release.
"It's an opportunity for local players to compete against much better players than themselves. There have been small satellite WSA events previously, but nothing of this kind," he added.