Pakistan Tennis Federation Elections & a Big Controversy
Hameed ul Haq The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Elections, held on February 10, 2024, for the post of President, Secretary, and Treasurer were tainted by a strong controversy right from the start due to a questioned vote. The elections were held, after an inordinate delay of over a year beyond the expiry of the term of the incumbent federation, who desired to prolong its stay for as long as possible.The Elections featured two panels, one led by Major General Asghar Nawaz (Retd) and another by Aisam ul Haq. The election yielded a split result with the panel of the former winning two important slots of Secretary General and Treasurer while Aisam ul Haq could barely secure the slot of President with a narrow margin of one vote, which is considered disputed. The Chief Election Commissioner, Mr Shakeel Durrani, former Chairman WAPDA presided over the election process and faced a predicament when a candidate raised a serious objection challenging the eligibility of the vote of International Lawn Tennis Club (ILTC) Pakistan, an associate member unit of PTF. The objections were raised in the light of the PTF Constitution and it was pointed out that ILTC having defaulted in payment of dues of PTF for the last five years falls into the status of “expelled member” and hence loses the right to vote. The more serious amongst the other objections pertained to violation of Article 21 of said Constitutions according to which only the President of an associate member of PTF or his authorized representative can cast the vote. The President of ILTC passed away in March 2021, and with no President elected an aged Secretary of ILTC who is been ridden since long authorized, illegally, a representative to cast the vote in Elections which is considered a flagrant violation of the PTF Constitution.The Chief Election Commissioner, after duly acknowledging the objections to be genuine allowed the elections process to continue with the proviso that the objections would later be addressed through established rules and forms, as per the PTF Constitution, in a specially called General Meeting of PTF Council, within ten days.He made it clear that the voting results may alter or elections may be held again if the contested vote is found illegal as per the PTF Constitution. Another surprising aspect was that the observer representative of POA, the parent body of the Country’s sports federations, was kept out of the crucial first phase of the election proceedings when these objections were discussed with the Chief Election Commissioner.The vote of ILTC assumes significance because it openly nominated and expressed its support for the Panel led by the Aisam ul Haq and if the vote gets void, besides of embarrassment caused, the votes for President PTF will become equal and a tie will occur. The PTF’s outgoing Management, with an obvious bias, has also tried to give a twist to the matter by the incorrect recording of the Chief Elections Commissioner’s decisions in Minutes of Elections, issued on 17 February 2024 which has been promptly noticed by all stakeholders.Considering the past performance of the previous PTF set-up where no fresh crop of internationally competitive players was prepared resulting in a 4-0 drubbing of Pakistan’s Davis at the hands of an Indian Davis Cup team at Islamabad, there is a requirement that fairness, professionalism and merit is promoted in the tennis affairs. The holding of elections marred with illegalities and controversies bodes ill for the future of the game. Pakistan Olympics Association and the relevant stakeholders must step in to ensure that the election process of PTF is subjected to fair play, legality, and fairness, in the absence of which the entire edifice of tennis promotion and player development will remain elusive.(Editor Note: The writer is a former tennis player and achieved many titles for the country. If someone wants to give his point of view about this article Sports Bulletin will welcome, and publish that)
Punjab Open Tennis Championship: Muzamil clinches two titles
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: Muzamil Murtaza claimed two titles of the RLK Group Punjab Open Tennis Championship 2024 that concluded on a high note at the Punjab Tennis Academy, Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore on Wednesday.Muzamil Murtaza showcased his supremacy on the court by first securing victory in the men's singles final against M Abid with scores of 6-4, 7-6. He didn't stop there; teaming up with Abdullah Adnan, Muzamil also triumphed in the men's doubles final, overcoming the duo of M Abid and Waqas Malik with a 6-3, 7-5 victory. "Winning not just one, but two titles at this championship feels surreal. It's a testament to the hard work and dedication we have put in," Murtaza expressed post-victory. The championship also saw Shimza Durab clinching the ladies' singles title by defeating Bismel Zia with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 in the final, showcasing her prowess on the court. The seniors' categories were equally competitive, with notable victories from Talha Waheed (GO Pakistan) and Arif Feroze in the doubles 45 plus category, and seniors champion Rashid Malik demonstrating his undiminished skill in the seniors 50 plus singles, outwitting Fayyaz Khan by 6-1, 6-1. The seniors 60 plus doubles title was claimed by Brig Ghazanfar/Waqar Nisar, who outshone Maj Saeed/Mubeen Malik 6-2, 6-1. In the boys/girls U-14 final, Abdur Rehman beat Huzaima 6-0. In the boys/girls U-12 final, Muaz Shahbaz beat Ohad e Mustafa 6-2 while the boys/girls U-10 title was lifted by Ayan Shahbaz, who thrashed Ehsan Bari 6-1. The concluding ceremony was graced by Dr. Rashid Latif Khan, Chairman of the RLK Group, as the chief guest, with Hasan Said, Director of RLSB, serving as the guest of honor. Hasan Said played a pivotal role in the tournament's successful organization. "Our commitment to tennis is unwavering. We aim not just to host tournaments but to nurture young talent, helping them bring glory to our nation," Dr. Khan remarked during the prize distribution ceremony. PLTA Secretary Rashid Malik extended his gratitude towards the RLK Group for their all-out support. "Their sponsorship and support have been invaluable. It is our collective hope to make this championship a cornerstone of Pakistan's tennis calendar," Malik stated. The tournament, celebrated for its competitive spirit and high professional standards, not only provided a platform for showcasing talent but also reaffirmed the commitment of the RLK Group and the PLTA towards the development of tennis in Pakistan.
Young tennis player, Zainab Ali Naqvi passes away in Islamabad
Abdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Young tennis girl Zainab Ali Naqvi (17) from Karachi passed away on Tuesday, who was here to participate in the ITF Pakistan Khawar Hyat Khan Memorial World Junior Championship Leg-1 at PTF SDA Tennis Complex, Garden Avenue Islamabad, at a local Guest House due to cardiac arrest.According to an official of the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), Zainab Ali Naqvi- a young tennis player who had come to Islamabad from Karachi to participate in the ITF Juniors Tournaments, passed away last night on 12th February 2024 in Islamabad.Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi President-PTF, Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, Ex-President-PTF, PTF Council members, and the tennis fraternity at large offer their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May Allah bless the departed soul with eternal peace in Jannah-ul-Firdaus, Aameen.The matches of the ITF Juniors were postponed as a mark of respect in memory of Miss Zainab and will be played on Wednesday with the same schedule. A Joint DUA was offered and one minute silence was observed by all the foreign and Pakistani players, parents, coaches, and the PTF Officials and staff.
Federal Cup: Mohammad Shoaib beats Aqeel Khan 2-0 in final
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Top seed, Mohammad Shoaib thrashed second seed Aqeel Khan in straight sets 2-0 in the Men’s Singles final of the 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships that concluded here at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex on Sunday. The final score-line was 6-2, 6-4.In the Men’s Singles final, 22-year-old top seed Mohammad Shoaib of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) outclassed Aqeel Khan 2-0 after the lasted 1 hour 18 minutes on the court. Shoaib got off to a flying start, taking a 4-2 lead by breaking the first game of Aqeel Khan and kept the same pressure to win the first set at 6-2.In the second set, Aqeel fought back but young Shoaib did not allow Aqeel to settle down and exhibited excellent tennis from the base-line and broke the 7th game of Aqeel to build up the winning streak 4-3 in which Aqeel hit a double fault. Shaoib continued the same pressure and in the 10th game, he hit strong serve game and won the set by hitting ace and clinched the Men’s Singles title at 6-2 6-4.Earlier in the day, the Ladies’ Singles Sarah Mahboob clinched the title by eliminating up-comping youngster Amna Ali Qayum from Islamabad in a well-fought straight sets final. Sarah won the toss and chose to serve. Both the players exhibited excellent game of tennis down the line and cross-court, Sarah took the lead 5-4 and broke the 10th game of Amna and won the set at 6-4.In the second set both the players again played the marvelous game of tennis with the combination of excellent cross-court and down the lines. Sarah took the lead of 5-3 by breaking the 8th game of Aman, but Aman fought back bravely and managed to level the score 5 games all by breaking the 9th game of Sarah. In the 11th game, Sarah took the serve advance and again developed the winning lead 6-5. In the 12th game, Aman was unable to maintain her confidence and hit two double faults. Sarah took the advantage and comfortably broke the game and won the set and match at 6-4 7-5. Sayyed Mubasshar Tauqir Shah Addl. Secretary, Information and Managing Director PTV unable to come to witness the final due to an emergent official engagement at Ministry. Usama Azhar Director Sport PTV and Majid Bashir Senior Executive Vice President of Islamabad Tennis Association graced the occasion as guest of honor and distributed the prizes amongst the winners and runners-up.Results (finals):Men’s Singles: Mohammad Shoaib beat Aqeel Khan 6-2, 6-4Ladies’ Singles: Sarah Mahboob Khan beat Amna Ali Qayum 6-4, 7-5Boys & Girls U10 Singles: Mohammad Arsh beat Mohammad Faizan 4-2, 4-1Men’s Doubles: Mohammad Shoaib / Muzammil Murtaza beat Yousaf Khalil / Barkatullah 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-6.Boys’ U18 Singles: Hamza Roman beat Hamid Israr 7-5, 6-3Boys’ U14 Singles: Mohammad Hassan Usmani beat Zohaib Afzal Malik 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Federal Cup: Mohammad Shoaib, Muzammil claim Doubles’ title
Sarah and Aman reach in Ladies final, Mohammad Shoaib to face Aqeel in Men’s finalSports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan top national tennis lad Mohammad Shoaib pairing with Muzammil Murtaza clinched the Men’s Double title of the 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships after beating Yousaf Khalil, and Barkatullah in a three set thrilling final here at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex Garden Avenue on Saturday. The final score-line was 4-6, 7-6 (2), and 10-6. Seed Hamza won U18 title.Top seed Mohammad Shoaib will face 2nd Seed Aqeel Khan in the Men’s Singles final on Sunday afternoon at the same venue. Top seed Sarah Mahboob Khan and Aman Ali Qayum qualified for the Ladies’ final after beating their respective opponents in well-contested semifinals.In the first semifinal, top seed Sarah Mahboob Khan struggled hard to win her match against upcoming Natalia Zaman from Karachi in a three-set match. Talented Natalia Zaman proved her worth against Sarah Mahboob and won the first set at 6-4 by breaking the 5th game of Sarah and taking the lead 1-0.In the 2nd set, Sarah bounced back aggressively and gained his strength according to experience and leveled the match 1-1 set all. In the final set Sarah Khan kept the same pressure and did not allow her opponent to settle down and won the set without conceding a single game and match at score line of 4-6, 6-2, and 6-3. The match lasted 1 hour 45 minutes. The best encounter of the day was played in Men’s Doubles Final when 2nd seed Mohammad Shoaib paring with Muzammil Murtaza struggled hard to win the title against top seed Yousaf Khalil parting with Barkatullah with score of 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-6.Results (Saturday)Men’s Singles (Semifinals):Aqeel Khan beat Mudassar Murtaza 6-1, 6-1Mohammad Shaoib beat Muzammil Murtaza 6-1, 6-0Men’s Doubles (Final):Mohammad Shoaib / Muzammil Murtaza beat Yousaf Khalil / Barkatullah 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-6.Ladies’ Singles (Semifinals):Sarah Mahboob Khan beat Natalia Zaman 4-6, 6-3, 6-0Amna Ali Qayum beat Sheeza Sajid 6-3, 6-1.Boys’ U18 Singles (Final):Hamza Roman beat Hamid Israr 7-5, 6-3Boys’ U14 Singles (Final):Mohammad Hassan Usmani beat Zohaib Afzal Malik 7-6 (3), 6-2.Boys’ U14 Singles (Semifinals):Mohammad Arsh beat Mohammad Ibrahim Hussain Gill 4-2, 4-2Amir Masood beat Mohammad Faizan 4-0, 4-0.
Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships 2024
ISLAMABAD (Press Release): The 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships moved into the finals phase after arduous and effortful tennis playing activity at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Islamabad.In the first semifinal top seed Mohammad Shoaib will vie for the top honor in the Men’s Singles final of 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships, after winning his semifinals against Muzammil Murtaza with a score line 6-1 6-0, whereas second semi-final will be played tomorrow (Saturday) 6th January-2024 at 10:00 AM between Aqeel Khan and Mudassar Murtaza.In the Ladies' Singles event, unseeded Natalia Zaman from Karachi caused a major upset when she eliminated 4th seed Soha Ali in a thrilling three-set match 6-1 4-6 6-4 and moved to the semi-final to face top seed Sarah Mahboob Khan who conveniently won her encounter against Marrukh Sajid 6-0 6-1. Whereas Amna Ali Qayum beat Kainat Ali 6-0 6-0 and Sheeza Sajid won her match against Lalarukh Sajid 7-6(5) 6-4. The best encounter of the day was played between Hamid Israr Khan and M. Hamza Aasim in the Junior 18&Under category. Top seed Hamid Israr struggled hard to win his match against talented upcoming youngster M.Hamza Aasim of Islamabad. In the first set, Both the players exhibited excellent game by hitting cross-court and down-the-line shots till the score reached 6 games all. The set was decided in the tiebreak, in which Hamid Israr changed the game plan and comfortably won the tiebreak 7-1. The second set was again marked in the same style and both the players demonstrated the high standard of the game of tennis. Hamid again changed the pace and strategy of the game plan, and managed to break the 9th game of Hamza to build up the winning lead 5-4 and kept the same pressure in the 10th game by hitting some excellent cross-court shots and won the match and set at 6-4, and qualified for the final. The match lasted 1 hrs 40 minutes. Results:Men’s Singles (Semifinal): Mohammad Shaoib beat Muzammil Murtaza 6-1 6-0.Men’s Doubles (Semifinals):Barkatullah / Yousaf Khalil beat Abdullah Adnan / Mudassar Murtaza 6-4 6-2Muzammil Murtaza / Mohammad Shoaib w/o Mohammad Abid / Ahmad Chaudhary Ladies’ Singles (Quarterfinals):Sarah Mahboob Khan beat Marrukh Sajid 6-0, 6-1Natalia Zaman beat Soha Ali 6-1, 4-6, 6-4Amna Ali Qayum beat Kainat Ali 6-0, 6-0Sheeza Sajid beat Lalarukh Sajid 7-6 (5), 6-4.Boys’ U18 Singles (Semifinals):Hamid Israr beat Mohammad Hamza Aasim 7-6 (1), 4-1Hamza Roman beat Ahmad Nael Qureshi 7-5, 6-4Boys’ U14 Singles (Semifinals):Zohaib Afzal Malik beat Mohammad Junair Khan 4-0, 4-1Mohammad Hussain Usmani beat Mohammad Shayyan 4-1, 4-0Boys & Girls U10 Singles (Quarterfinals):Mohammad Ibrahim Hussain beat Azan Imran 4-1, 4-0Arsh Imran beat Salaar Khan 2-4, 4-2, 4-0Amir Masood beat Umer Zaman 0-4, 5-4 (6), 4-1Mohammad Faizan beat Behroze Umer 4-1, 4-1.
Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships (Day-III)
Soha Ali, Natalia Zaman, Kainat Ali, and Amna Ali post victories in Ladies’ SinglesAbdul Jabbar FaisalISLAMABAD: Soha Ali, Natalia Zaman, Kainat Ali, Amna Ali Qayum registered triumphs in the Ladies event of the 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships 2024 after thrashing their challengers here at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex on Thursday. Sheeza Sajid, Lalarukh Sajid, and Marrukh Sajid got walk-over.In the men’s singles, 6th Seed Mudassar Murtaza upset 4th Seed Mohammad Abid (WAPDA) in a thrilling three-set match with a score line 5-7, 6-2, and 6-2 while top seed Mohammad Shaoib struggled hard to win his encounter against talented Yousaf Khalil in an exciting three set match with the score-line of 7-5, 5-7, and 6-2. Aqeel Khan conveniently won his encounter against upcoming proficient Ahmad Nael Qureshi at 6-2 and 6-4. In the second set which was marked with aces and long rallies and the score went up to 4 all as both players held their respective serves, Aqeel broke the 9th game of talented Qureshi by hitting some winners down the line and forcing out the youngster in 6-4 by holding the 10th game. In the U18 Singles, 5th Seed Mohammad Hamza Aasim, the upcoming proficient from Islamabad caused a major upset during the course of his quarter-final encounter with 3rd Seed Mohammad Salaar Khan. In pursuit of his victory, he added his foot speed and topspin to make him a force to be reckoned with. Mohammad Hamza Aasim managed to oust the 3rd seed 6-2, 6-3.Results:Men’s Singles (Quarterfinals):Mohammad Shaoib beat Yousaf Khalil 7-5, 5-7, 6-2Muzammil Murtaza beat Barkatullah 7-6 (2), 6-4Mudassar Murtaza beat Mohammad Abid 5-7, 6-2, 6-2Aqeel Khan beat Ahmad Nael Qureshi 6-1, 6-4Men’s Doubles (Quarterfinals):Yousaf Khalil / Barkatullah beat Aabdal Haider / Zaid Mujahid 7-5, 6-3Mudassar Murtaza /Abdullah Adnan beat Mohammad Zaryab Khan /Huzaima Abdur Rehman 6-4, 7-6 (4)Mohammad Abid / Ahmad Chaudhary beat Hamza Aasim / Mohammad Salaar Khan 6-1, 6-3Mohammad Shaoib / Muzammil Murtaza beat Semi Zeb Khan / Ahmad Nael Qureshi 6-3, 6-3.Men’s Singles (Pre-Quarterfinals):Aabdal Haider / Zaid Mujahid beat Hamza Haziq / Hamza Aasim 6-2, 6-0Mohammad Zaryab Khan / Huzaima Abdur Rehman beat Saqib Hayat / Hamza Roman 7-5, 7-6 (5)Hamza Aasim / Mohammad Salaar Khan beat Talha Khan / Kashan Tariq 6-3, 6-3Mohammad Abid / Ahmad Chaudhary beat Kamran Maqbool / Amir Mazari 6-1, 6-1Semi Zeb Khan / Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Kamran Khan / Zalan Khan 6-3, 6-0Ladies’ Singles (Round-I): Soha Ali beat Shandana Rabbi 6-1, 6-1Natalia Zaman beat Sana Bilal 6-0, 6-0Kainat Ali beat Amna Khan 6-1, 6-3Amna Ali Qayum beat Asfa Shahbaz 5-7, 7-5, 6-2Sheeza Sajid w/o Arzoo IshfaqLalarukh Sajid w/o Mehaq KhokharMarrukh Sajid w/o Zara KhanBoys’ U18 Singles (Quarterfinals):Hamid Israr beat Zohaib Afzal Malik 6-1, 6-2Mohammad Hamza Aasim beat Mohammad Salaar Khan 6-2, 6-3Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Kashan Tariq 6-2, 6-4Hamza Roman beat Hamza Hussain 6-1, 6-3Boys’ U14 Singles (Quarterfinals):Zoahib Afzal Malik beat Syed Mahd Mahmood 4-1, 4-1Mohammad Junaid Khan beat Zohaib Amjad 5-4 (8), 4-1Mohammad Shayyan beat Essa Fahad 4-1, 4-1Mohammad Hassan Usmani beat Razik Sultan 4-0, 4-0Boys & Girls U10 Singles (Pre-Quarterfinals):Azan Imran beat Arham Amjad 4-0, 4-2Arsh Imran beat Hashir Mustafa Subhani 4-0, 4-0Amir Masood w/o Arshman AbbasiBehroze Umer beat Mohammad Bilal Kamran 4-0, 4-0.
Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships (Day-2)
Mohammad Shoaib, Yousaf, Barkatullah, Muzammil, Mohammad Abid, Ahmad Nael, and Mudassar reach in quarterfinalsSports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Mohammad Shoaib (PAF), Aqeel Khan (WAPDA), Yousaf Khalil, Barkatullah, Muzammil Murtaza, Mohammad Abid (WAPDA), Ahmad Nael Qureshi and Mudassar Murtaza (WAPDA) moved into the quarterfinals by winning their respective matches of the 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Garden Avenue, Islamabad on Wednesday. Today once again the best encounter of the day was played between upcoming youngster Ahmad Nael Qureshi and Saqib Hayat which was won by Ahmed Nael Qureshi in a thrilling three-set match with the score-line of 7-6 (3), 4-6, and 7-5. Ahmad Nael Qureshi earned the vital lead 4-2 by breaking the 1st and 5th games but Saqib bounced back brilliantly and levelled the set 6-6. The set was decided in the tie break which was won by Qureshi 7-3. In the second set, Saqib Hayat exhibited an excellent game of tennis changed his strategy, got the lead 4-2, and continued the same pace won the second set at 6-4, and leveled the match 1-1 all.In the final set, Saqib Hayat continued his winning lead 4-2 by breaking the 1st and 3rd games but was unable to hold his winning streak against the youngster Ahmed Nael Qureshi who not only changed his pace of the game but also played aggressively and hit excellent cross court and down the lines helped him to levelled the set 5 games all.By holding the 11 games took the lead 6-5 and in the 12th game Saqib, Ahmad Nael Qureshi was in full form and did not allow his opponent to settle down and won the game at 15-40 and finished the match by winning the set at 7-5 and qualified for the quarter-final for which he will face 2nd Seed Aqeel Khan. The match lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes, as the final score-line was 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5. Husnain Mehmood ITF White Badge umpire supervised the match.Results:Men’s Singles (Round-II):Mohammad Shoaib (PAF) beat Amir Mazari 6-1, 6-1Yousaf Khalil beat Hamza Roman 6-3, 6-3Muzammil Murtaza beat Mohammad Salaar Khan 6-2, 6-1Barkatullah beat Shahzad Khan 3-1 (Retd)Mudassar Murtaza beat Sami Zeb Khan 6-2, 6-1Mohammad Abid beat Huzaima Abdul Rehman 6-1, 6-1Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Saqib Hayat 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5Aqeel Khan beat Mohammad Zaryab Khan 6-2, 6-0Junior U18 Singles (Round-II):Hamid Israr beat Rayyan Khan 6-1, 6-2Zohaib Afzal Malik beat Saifullah Khan 6-3, 6-3Mohammad Salaar Khan beat Abdul Basit 6-4, 6-3Mohammad Hamza Aasim beat Mohammad Rehaan Noori 6-1, 6-0Kashan Tariq beat Talha Khan (PES) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0Hamza Roman w/o Hasir AhmadAhmad Nael Qureshi beat Amir Mazari 6-1, 6-2Boys U14 Singles (Round-II):Zohaib Afzal Malik beat Raja Mohammad Taha 4-0, 4-0Mohammad Junaid Khan beat Junaid Meher 1-4, 5-4 (6), 4-0Essa Fahad beat Azan Imran 4-0, 4-1Mohammad Shayyan beat Zayd Zaman 4-1, 4-1Mohammad Hassan Usmani beat Rohan Sohail 4-2, 4-1Razik Sultan beat Waqas Janas 4-2, 2-4, 4-0Zohaib Amjad beat Arslan Khan 4-1, 4-1.
Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships start
Ahmad Nael Qureshi surprises seventh seed Abdullah Adnan in straight sets 2-0Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Except 7th seeded, Abdullah Adnan, the rest of the seeded tennis players moved into the second round of the Men’s Singles event of the 36th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships after beating their respective opponents at Abbas PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Garden Avenue, Islamabad Tuesday. The best encounter of the day was between upcoming youngsters Ahmad Nael Qureshi and Abdullah Adnan in which Ahmad Nael Qureshi ousted the seventh seed lad in a well-contested straight-set match. In the first set, Ahmad Nael built up the winning lead 4-1 by breaking the 3rd and 5th game of Abdullah Adnan. Both the players exhibited excellent game of tennis. Abdulah bounced back by winning the 6th and 8th game and reduced the lead 4-5. At this point, Ahmad played aggressively and hold his serve in the 10 game and finished the first set at 6-4. In the second set Ahmed again played brilliantly and build the winning lead 4-2 by breaking 3rd game of Abdullah. In the 8th game both the players showed their prowess which lasted in favour of Abdullah and levelled the match 4 games all. Ahmed Nael show his supremacy and hitting excellent down the lines and cross court and break the 11th game to build up the lead 6-5 and by holding the 12th game finished the match at 7-5. Results (Men’s Singles Round-I): Mohammad Shoaib (PAF) beat Mohammad Hamza Aasim 6-3, 6-0, Amir Mazari beat Mohammad Haziq Aasim 6-2, 7-5, Hamza Roman beat Mohammad Azeem Khan 6-0, 6-1, Yousaf Khalil beat Kashan Tariq 6-1, 6-1, Muzammil Murtaza beat Jibran-ul-Haq 6-2, 6-1, Mohammad Salaar Khan beat Kamran Maqbool 6-4, 6-4, Shahzad Khan beat Mustansir Ali 6-1, 6-1, Barkatullah beat Zalan Khan 6-1, 6-2, Mudassar Murtaza beat Hamza Hussain 6-3, 6-3, Sami Zeb Khan beat Mohammad Waqas Malik 6-1, 6-4, Huzaima Abdul Rehman w/o Syed Nofil Kaleem, Mohammad Abid beat Hamid Israr 6-2, 6-2, Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Abdullah Adnan 6-4, 7-5, Saqib Hayat beat Mohammad Talha Khan 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, Mohammad Zaryab Khan beat Talha Khan 6-0, 6-2, Aqeel Khan beat Mohammad Huzaifa Khan 6-1, 6-2.Junior U18 Singles (Round-I):Abdul Basit beat Kamran Khan 6-3, 6-3Kashan Tariq beat Mustansir Ali 6-4, 6-3
National Tennis: Aqeel Khan and Sarah Mehboob win crowns
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan number one tennis man Aqeel Khan and Pakistan number one tennis woman Sarah Mehboob Khan have lifted the men’s singles and women’s singles titles respectively of the 8th Serena Hotels National Ranking Tennis Championships 2023 by defeating Mohammad Shoaib 2-1, and Mehak Khokhar 2-0 in the finals here at the PTF-SDA Tennis Complex on Sunday.Aziz Boolani CEO of Serena Hotels was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Senator Salim Saifullah Khan President-PTF was the guest of honour at this occasion. The closing ceremony was also attended by Gul Rehman Secretary-General, Imran Hassan (Director/S&M/TPS) Serena Hotels, Hina Nazir Serena Hotels, Mohammad Saleem Marwat President-KP Tennis Association, Arif Qureshi Seretary-ITA and a large number of players, and coaches.The Championships was supervised by Shahzad Akhtar Alvi -ITF White Badge Referee.Results (Finals):Men’s Singles: Aqeel Khan beat Mohammad Shoaib 6-3, 1-6, 6-2Ladies’ Singles: Sarah Mahboob Khan beat Meheq Khaokhar 6-3, 6-2Boys’ U14 Single: Amir Mohammad Khan Mazari beat Abdul Basit 7-5, 5-7, 7-5