Aqeel, Heera, Shahzad, Ahmed in tennis tourney semis

Karachi: Top seed Aqeel Khan, fourth seed Heera Ashiq, third seed Shahzad Khan and seventh seed Ahmed Chaudhry cruised into the semifinals of men’s singles event of 4th Syed Tajammul Abbas Memorial National Ranking Tennis Tournament 2014 at PTF Tennis Complex in Islamabad on Saturday.

Seventh Ahmed Chaudhry pulled a sensational upset when he eliminated second seed Mohammad Abid in a well contested three set match. Ahmed recorded a 6-3,6-7(5),6-2 victory to secure an unexpected place in the pre-finals.

Ahmed will now face Shahzad Khan, who defeated Sanaullah 6-4, 7-5 in quarters.

Favorite Aqeel Khan dispatched Usman Rafiq by 6-4, 6-2 score while Heera Ashiq thrashed Syed Zohair Raza by 6-3, 6-1 score to confirm their anticipated place in semifinals

In the boys U-18 event, eighth seed Talha Zubair of Karachi made major upset after beating top seed Syed Nofil Kaleem in straight sets. Talha Zubair recorded a 6-2, 7-6(6) triumph.

Fifth seed Arham Atiq stunned second seed Mohammad Mudassir after registering a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win.

Mohammad Muzamil and Hasnain Manzoor were others to qualify for the semifinals of the event.

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