Aqeel clinches CAS Khy­ber Open Ten­nis 17th times in a row

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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.

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