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ITC Open Tennis Championship: Hamza Asim beats Yawar Ali 2-1 in final
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Hamza Asim overpowered Yawar Ali 2-1 in the Men’s Singles final of the ITC Open Tennis Championship that concluded here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC) on Saturday. The final score-line was 6-3, 4-6, and 10-6. In the men’s singles final, Hamza Asim and Yawer Ali showed their class and played an outstanding game. In the Super tie break Hamza Asim showed powerful forehand and changed the match in his favour. Hassan Baig Vice President of Islamabad Tennis Association along with other club members distributed the prizes among the winners and runner ups. Results (Men’s Singles Semifinals): Hamza Asim beat Zalan Khan 8-2 Yawar Ali beat Salar Khan 8-6 Final: Hamza Asim beat Yawar Ali 6-3, 4-6 (10-6) Men’s Doubles (Final): Yawar Ali and Zalan beat Murtaza Khan and Amin Khan 6-3, 3-6, (10-7) Ladies’ Singles (Final): Marukh Sajid beat Lalarukh Sajid 8-4 Boys’ Under-18 (Final): Mohammad Salar beat Haziq Asim 6-3, 5-7, (10-6) Boys’ Under-14 (Final): Haziq Asim beat Abdul Wasay 6-0, 6-3 Girls’ Under-18 (Semifinals): Marukh beat Ayesha 8-4 Lalarukh beat Amara Khan 8-4 Final: Marukh beat Lalarukh 8-2; Girls’ Under-14 (Semifinals): Lalarukh beat Aysha 8-4 Marukh beat Zara 8-1; Final: Lalarukh Sajid beat Marukh Sajid 8-3.
ITC Open Tennis Championships start in Islamabad on Saturday
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: The ITC Open Tennis Championships started on Saturday, as over 80 players are participating in different categories here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC) G-6. Results (Men’s Singles Round-1): Hamza Asim beat Hammad Ali 8-2; Petro beat Taimur Adil 8-2; Mustansir Ali beat Inam Qadir 8-4; Zalan beat Ali Akbar Ali Malik 8-2;  Awais Iqbal beat Ali zain 8-2; Mohammad Salar beat Adnan Rasheed 8-4; Abdullah Shafaqat beat Haseeb Inayat 8-1; Yawar Ali beat Abdul Rehman 8-0 Quarterfinals: Hamza Asim beat Petro 8-0;  Zalan Khan beat Mustansir Ali 8-2; Mohammad Salar beat Awais Iqbal 8-2; Yawer Ali beat 8-3 Men’s Doubles (Quarterfinal): Raja Asif & Sardar beat Faisal Khan & Asim sheikh 8-3; Kashif Khan and Khurram Baig beat Awais Ahmed and Mustafa 8-4; Zalan Khan and Yawer Ali beat Taimoor Adil and Akbar Ali 8-4; Murtaza Khan and Ameen Khan beat Raja Safdar and Saleem Abbassi 8-2; Semifinal: Yawar Ali and Zalan beat Raja Asif and Sardar Sami 8-2 Murtaza Khan and Amin Khan beat Kashif Khan and Khurram Baig 8-3; Ladies’ Singles (Quarterfinal): Shandana Rabi beat Ayesha Masood 8-1 Amara khan beat Dana Psenicova 8-2 Lalarukh Sajjid beat Zarmeena 8-2 Marrukh Sajjid beat Asma 8-4 Semifinals: LalaRukh beat Shandana Rabi 8-2 Marrukh Sajjid beat Amara Khan 8-2 Boys’ Under-18 (Quarterfinals): Mustansir Ali beat Hamza Asim 8-3 Mohammad Salar beat Abdul Wasay 8-2 Sameer Kiyani beat Ali Zain 8-0 Haziq Asim beat Inam Qadir 8-4 Boys’ Under-14 (Quarterfinals): Ammar Masood beat Suleman Niazi 8-2 Sameer Maqsood beat Orhan Sohail 8-0 Abdul Wasay beat Awais Khan 8-3 Haziq Asim beat Ameen Khan 8-2; Semifinal: Haziq Hamza beat Ammar Khan 8-0 Abdul Wasay beat Sameer Maqsood 8-2; Girls’ Under-18 (Quarterfinals): Amara Khan beat Quratulain 8-2 Ayesha Masood beat Zara Shebaz 8-6 Marrukh Sajjid beat Yasmeen 8-1 Lalarukh Sajjid beat Amna Ali 8-3 Girls’ Under-14 (Quarterfinals): Lalarukh Sajjid beat Shiza Khan 8-1 Ayesha Masood beat Noreen 8-3 Zara Shebaz beat Sonia 8-5 Marrukh Sajjid beat Ayesha 8-2

TENNIS - National18 Mar 2023

All Pakistan National Tournament: Aqeel, Shoaib declared joint winners
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Pakistani No 1 tennis player Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Shoaib emerged joint winners as the rain washed out the men’s singles final of All Pakistan National Invitational Tennis Tournament 2023 here at DeSOM Club. Both Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Shoaib were committed to do well in the final to win the coveted trophy but due to continuous rain and wet courts, they were declared the joint winners of the prestigious event. Wapda’s Abubakar Talha (F.G School Lahore Cantt) and Ahtesham Humayun (Crescent School) were also named the joint winners of the U-16 category.

TENNIS - National16 Mar 2023

Aqeel takes on Mohammad Shoaib in National Invitational Tennis final
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Pakistan No 1 tennis players Aqeel Khan will take on Mohammad Shoaib in the men’s singles final of the All Pakistan National Invitational Tennis Tournament 2023 here at DeSOM Club on Friday.  In the men's singles semifinals, No 1 Aqeel Khan beat Mudassar Murtaza 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Aqeel started the match well and put Mudassar under pressure to win the first set 6-2. Mudassar bounced back in the second set and took it by 7-5. Aqeel once again showed his class and comfortably won the third set 6-1 and also earned a place in the final. The second semifinal of the men’s singles saw Mohammad Shoaib playing well against Heera Ashiq and winning the encounter by 6-4, 6-3. Shoaib though faced tough resistance in the first set, yet he won it by 6-4 while he played comparatively better tennis in the second set, taking it 6-3 to set a title clash with Aqeel Khan. In the boys U-16 semifinals, rising tennis star Wapda’s Abubakar Talha (F.G School Lahore Cantt) defeated spirited Hamza Roman by 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. The second semifinal of the U-16 category was won by another talented player Ahtesham Humayun (SICAS), who edged past Haider Ali Rizwan 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. All the finals will be played on Friday here at DeSOM Club.

TENNIS - National15 Mar 2023

National Tennis: Rizwan brothers, Abubakar jump into semifinals
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Rizwan brothers, Hussnain Ali Rizwan and Haider Ali Rizwan, Abubakar Talha, and Ahtesham Humayun qualified for the semifinals of the All Pakistan National Invitational Tennis Tournament here at DeSOM Club on Wednesday. In the boys U-16 quarterfinals, Hussnain Ali Rizwan beat Hamza Roman 6-0, 6-4 while Haider Ali Rizwan beat Hamza Ali Rizwan 6-2, 6-3. In other quarterfinals, Abubakar Talha (F.G School Lahore Cantt) beat M Salaar 6-4, 6-4 while Ahtesham Humayun (Cresent) beat M Talha Khan 6-1, 6-1. It is worth mentioning here that Hussnain Ali Rizwan, who is a former Asian U-14 No 2 ranked player and only Pakistani, selected in the ITF/ATF Grand Slam Player Development Program to Europe, where he had learned the modern techniques from the top ITF coaches alongside the world’s high ranked players. Now his fellows have progressing well in the ITF and ATF rankings due to their regular participation in the international circuit but due to lack of high-level sponsorship (especially from Bard Foundation), such talented players couldn’t win international laurels for Pakistan. Same is the case with his elder brother, Haider Ali Rizwan, who was Asian U-16 ranked 1, and was doing well at ATF level, but he too couldn’t maintain his rankings due to less participation in the international events and here too, financial constraints were the major hurdles.  Meanwhile in the men’s singles quarterfinals, Pakistan No 1 player Aqeel Khan beat talented Abdullah Adnan 6-3, 6-0 while Mohammad Shoaib Khan beat Ahmad Nael Qureshi 5-7, 6-0, 6-2, Mudassar Murtaza beat Sami Zeb Khan 6-1, 7-6 and Yousaf Khalil beat Heera Ashiq 7-5, 7-5.

TENNIS - National14 Mar 2023

All Pakistan National Tennis: Aqeel, Shoaib reach quarterfinals
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Pakistan No 1 Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Shoaib were among the other top players, who advanced to the men’s singles quarterfinals of the All Pakistan National Invitational Tennis Tournament here at the DeSOM Club on Tuesday. In the men’s single pre-quarterfinals, Aqeel Khan beat Shehzad Khan 6-4, 6-4, Mohammad Shoaib Khan beat Mohammad Huzaifa Khan 6-2, 6-0, Mudassar Murtaza beat Ahmad Babar 6-3, 6-3, Yousaf Khalil beat Ahtesham Humayun 6-1, 6-2, Heera Ashiq beat Mohammad Salaar 6-3, 6-2, Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Imran Bhatti 6-3, 6-3, Semi Zeb Khan beat Hamid Israr 3-3(Retd), Abdullah Adnan beat Nalain Abbas 6-2, 6-2. In the boys U-16 pre-quarterfinals, Mohammad Salaar beat Hafiz 6-0, 6-0, Husnain Ali Rizwan beat Abdullah Sajjad 6-1, 6-0, Hamza Roman beat Hanzla Anwar 6-0, 6-0, Mohammad Talha Khan beat Yousaf Manoo 6-1, 6-0, Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Arman Kamran 6-2, 6-1, Haider Ali Rizwan beat Aalay Husnain 6-2, 6-0, Ahtesham Humayun beat Abubakar Khalil 6-2, 6-0, Abubakar Talha beat Asad Zaman 6-1, 6-4.
Wheelchair Tennis player, Asif Abbasi earns another honour for Pakistan
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan number one wheelchair tennis player, Asif Gul Abbasi created another history by winning the "Lee Valley Wheelchair Tennis Tournament" in London, as Abbasi displayed great skill and determination throughout the tournament, beating their hard-hitting opponents to earn himself a place in the "Play Your Way to Wimbledon" National finals in August, which will be held on the iconic grass courts of Wimbledon. Despite carrying a shoulder injury from previous tournaments, Abbasi showed no signs of slowing down and played some outstanding tennis to secure his victory in the tournament. He was the top seed in the tournament and won the final with the score-line by 7-6 (6) and 6-1. The "Play Your Way to Wimbledon" initiative, which is a joint venture between the LTA and Vodafone, is aimed at giving national wheelchair tennis players the opportunity to compete in the National finals at Wimbledon. There are three qualifying tournaments, namely Lee Valley, Grantham, and Loughborough University wheelchair tennis tournaments, and the finalists from these tournaments will be competing in the finals at Wimbledon. Abbasi and the other finalists have now qualified for the national finals at Wimbledon, which is a significant achievement and a proud moment for the Pakistani tennis community. The fact that Abbasi was able to overcome his injury and still play at such a high level is a testament to his skill and dedication. In a statement, Abbasi expressed his joy and excitement at the prospect of playing at Wimbledon. He said, "This is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to play on the grass courts of Wimbledon, and now that I have the opportunity to do so, I will give it my all and make Pakistan proud." The Pakistani tennis community has rallied behind Abbasi, congratulating him on his victory and wishing him the best of luck for the national finals at Wimbledon. This achievement by Abbasi is not only a personal triumph but also a symbol of hope and inspiration for disabled athletes.

TENNIS - National13 Mar 2023

Aqeel Khan crushes out Ahtesham Arif 2-0 in Invitational Tennis Tournament
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Top seed Aqeel Khan crushed out Ahtesham Arif 2-0 in the first round of Men’s Singles of the All Pakistan National Invitational Tennis Tournament, which started in Lahore on Monday. The secretary Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) Rashid Malik formally inaugurated the tournament. A total of 30 matches were played on the first day of the championship. All the top players advanced to the second round with comfortable victories and a high-standard of tennis was witnessed during some of the matches. Results: Men’s Singles (Round-I): Aqeel Khan beat Ahtesham Arif 6-1, 6-1, Davis Cupper Shehzad Khan beat Rai Asim Zafar 6-1, 6-2, Nalain Abbas beat Col Atif 6-2, 6-3, Mudassar Murtaza beat Mahatir Muhammad 6-2, 6-0, Ahmad Babar beat Mohammad Talha Khan 6-0, 6-0, Hamid Israr beat Sikandar Hayat 6-3, 6-3, Semi Zeb Khan beat Fayyaz Khan 6-2, 6-3, Heera Ashiq beat Saqib Hayat 6-0, 6-3, Mohammad Salaar beat Faizan Fayyaz 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, Yousaf Khalil beat Kamran Khan 6-1, 6-1, Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Asadullah 6-2, 6-2, Imran Bhatti (Gymkhana) beat Abdul Hanan Khan 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, Mohammad Shoaib beat Bilal Asim 6-4, 6-1. Boys’ Under-16 (Round-I): Hafiz Hussain beat Hafiz Hassan 6-4, 4-6, 12-10, Yousaf Manoo beat Mohammad Hameed 6-1, 6-3, Abubakar Khalil beat Mustafa Zaidi 6-2, 6-2, Hamza Ali Rizwan beat Ismail Ahmad 6-2, 6-3, Aalay Husnain beat Moavia Butt 0-6, 7-5, 12-10.
Tennis Federation names U-14 team for ITF Asian Juniors Championship
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has named a 2-member team namely Hamza Roman and Abubakar Talha to participate in finals of ITF Asia Under-14 Development Championships 2023, which will be held in Bhubaneshwar India from April 4-14, 2023. According to an official of PTF, the players were selected based on their exceptional performance in the ITF/ATF Under-14 Development Championships Regional Qualifying event for South Asia/South East Asia & East Asia Regional Qualifying event, which was recently held in Bangladesh. The boys won one single title out of two each and were finalists in the other, and they won both the doubles titles.
BNP Paribas ITF wheelchair tennis: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 3-0
Sports Bulletin Report Pattaya (Thailand): Sri Lanka wheelchair tennis team beat Pakistan 3-0 in the BNP Paribas ITF wheelchair tennis world cup qualifier at Pattaya Thailand on the 2nd day of competition. Results (Sri Lanka beat Pakistan) 3-0 Kumara KGM Parderp beat Fida Hussain 6-0, 6-0 Dissanayake Gamini beat Asif Abbasi 6-2, 6-3 Dharmasena Suresh & Dissanayake Gamini beat Mohammad Ayub and Asif Abbasi 6-0, 6-0