Aqeel clinches CAS Khyber Open Tennis 17th times in a row
PESHAWAR—Pakistan No. 1 Aqeel Khan lifted the trophy of the 35th Chief of the Air Staff Khyber Open Tennis Championship 17th in a row after defeating Muhammad Abid by 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3 in the final played here at Officer Mess Courts on Wednesday.
Air Marshal Asad Abdur Rehman Khan Lodhi, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Support) was the chief guest on this occasion. Base Commander Peshawar Air Commodore Irfan Zaka, Director Sports PAF Sports Control Committee Group Captain Asghar Awan, high military and civil officials, President KP Tennis Association Dr. Tahir, Secretary Umar Ayaz, good number of spectators were also present during the Men’s singles final.
Davis Cupper and Pakistan star player Aqeel Khan did not look behind by marching in to victory in the three games 6-1, 6- 1 and 6-3. The two players largely enthralled the sitting spectators with their great show of forceful smashes and baseline shorts. Aqeel, right from the outset, got control over the match and did not give much time to his rival Muhammad Abid to strike back. The quality of Aqeel Khan can be gagged from the fact that he gave just one each game to Muhammad Abid in the first and second set.
Earlier, Aqeel Khan defeated his younger brother and Pakistan No. 2 Yasir Khan by 6-3 and 6-3 in the semi-final and Muhammad Abid faced tough resistance against seeded player Heera Ashiq in a marathon four sets battle, the match was lasted for three hours, the score was 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 and 6-1. A total of 32 draw for the main round.
In the Boys Under-18 qualifier Muazammil Murtaza upset top seed Haris Irfan Ul Haq in a thrilling player 7-6, 4-6 and 6-2. It was a major upset in the Championship as Muazammil Murtaza.
Before the final Muazammil Murtaza defeated recorded victory against Yousaf Khan by 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4 while seeded Asad Ullah was beaten by Muazammil at 7-5 and 6-1.
In the Under-14 Shoaib Khan defeated Hamza bin Rehan by 5-7, 6-1 and 6-2 in another thrilling match. Shoaib the top seeded player beat qualifier Hamza bin Rehan. Shoaib beat Muhammad Abdullah in the first semi-final by 6-2 and 6-2 and Hamza beat Aaqib Umer by 6-1 and 6-3.
In the Under-10 category unseeded Hamid Israr, son of ITF winner Israr Gul, bet Bilal Asim by 5-3 and 4-2. In the veteran doubles Israr Gul and Jhanzeb Khan beat Inamullah and Irfanullah by 7-6 and 6-3.
In the doubles Shehzad Khan and Yasir Khan defeated Aqeel Khan and Heera Ashiq by 6-3 and 6-4.
At the end, the chief guest gave away trophies and cash prize to the winners and runners-up.