LAHORE: Pakistan’s top veterans Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan made a flying start to the doubles event of the sixth Hassan Tariq Rahim National Ranking Tennis Championship here at Lahore Gymkhana on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Aisam, who is playing only in the doubles at the event, partnering Aqeel Khan, also 41, brushed aside the duo of Ahmad Kamal and Hamid Israr 6-1, 6-0.

Interestingly Aisam and Aqeel, who have been representing Pakistan for the last two decades in the Davis Cup, opted to play together in this tournament instead of pairing with junior players to make the competition stronger.

Meanwhile in the men’s singles, Ijaz Khan overcame Asadullah 6-3, 2-6, 7-5; Mahatir Mohammad beat Hasheesh Kumar 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 and Ahmed Babar struggled to overwhelm Waqas Malik 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

In the boys U-18 event, Hassan Ali downed Nalain Abbas 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Results:

Men’s doubles: Aisam-ul-Haq/Aqeel bt Ahmed Kamal/Hamid Israr 6-1, 6-0

Men’s singles: Yousuf Khalil bt Ibrahim Omer Khan 6-0, 6-0; Ijaz Khan bt Asadullah 6-3, 2-6, 7-5; Heera Ashiq bt Talal Khan 6-2,

6-2; Muzammil Murtaza bt Ahmad Kamil 6-2, 6-1; Semi Zeb bt Armghan-ud-Din 6-2, 6-1; Mahatir Mohammad bt Hasheesh Kumar 2-6, 6-4, 7-6; Ahmed Chaudhry bt Abdaal Haider 6-0, 6-1; Mudassar Murtaza bt Faizan khurram 6-1, 6-2; Ahmed Babar bt Mohammad Waqas Malik 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Boys U-18: Ahmed Nael Qureshi bt Zaeem Ghafoor 6-0, 6-0; Hassan Ali bt Nalain Abbas 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; Faizan Fayyaz bt Mohammad Ahtesham 6-3, 6-0.

Published in Dawn, December 1st, 2021

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