Karachi: Country’s top tennis player Aqeel Khan had to witness shock defeat at the hand of a lower ranked player in the quarterfinal of NBP Subh-e-nau National Tennis here at PTF Complex Islamabad on Thursday.
Aqeel Khan, who is dominating country’s tennis for over a decade, lost to seventh seed player Ahmed Chaudhry in a well contested match. Ahmed displayed quality tennis and won the match by 6-4 and 6-3 score.
This may be mentioned here that country’s top tennis ace Aqeel has fallen so early in a tournament after a long time.
Third seed in the tournament Shehzad Khan was also defeated by an unseeded player in another quarterfinal of the men’s singles on the day of upsets. Imran Shaukat, who is a coach by profession, overpowered experienced Shehzad with brilliant display of talent in won the match in straight sets.
Second seed Mohammad Abid faced stiff resistance from his opponent Usman Rafique in first set of third quarterfinal, however, he won the second set and match convincingly. Heera Ashiq was the fourth player who joined the semifinal lineup after beating Talha Zubair.
The Pair of Mohammad Abid and Usman Rafique reached semifinal of men’s doubles event as they defeated Ahmed Chaudhry and Faizan Khurram.
Pairs of Aqeel Khan and Shehzad Khan managed to alleviate their pain of defeats in singles category as they reached final of men’s doubles event after beating Zain Nawab and Shahid Afridi.
There were interesting contests witnessed in boys’ U-18 category quarterfinals as second seed in the tournament Mohammad Mudassar was beaten by fifth seed Arham Atique in straight sets.
Seventh seed Talha Zubair defeated third seed Hasnain Manzoor while fourth seed Mohammad Muzammil managed to win against lower ranked Aman Atique after a tough contest. Barkatullah also joined the semifinal line up after beating Kashan-ul-haq.
Rida Khalid, Iman Qureshi and Alina Aftab managed to reach semifinals of ladies singles category.
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