Sports: Tennis: Nofil qualifies for two tennis events’ finalsSeptember 5, 2014
Karachi: Pakistan’s star youngster Nofil Kaleem won two semifinal matches in U-18 and U-16 singles events to qualify for the finals of 11th Pizza Hut Open National tennis Championship 2014 here at Karachi Gymkhana on Saturday.
In U-18 singles semifinal, Nofil Kaleem overpowered Kashan-ul-Haq recording a straight-set 6-3, 7-6 victory.
However, Nofil found tough resistance from Dawar Rehan and even dropped a set in U-16 singles semifinals before registering a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 triumph to confirm his presence in the finals of two events.
In U-16 climax is expected to be a neck and neck battle as Nofil will meet Raza Sawani, who trashed Eibad Sarwar Hussain recording an immaculate 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Ilham Khan defeated Bilal Imran registering a 6-4, 7-5 win while Nauman Aftab thrashed Amin Shafi recording a 6-3, 7-5 victory to qualify for the final of U-14 singles final.
Maheen Dada recorded a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 victory against Rida to qualify for the final of U-18 girls’ singles final. She will now face Neha, who trounced Wania Khan registering a 6-3, 6-0 win.
Amin Shafi and Mohammad Dada set final date in U-12 singles event after beating Farzan Ahmed by 8-0 score and Mohammad Yahya by 8-3 score respectively in semifinals.
In 35-plus singles quarterfinals, Asad Ali Bagat dropped a set against Zulfi before recording a 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 victory and securing his berth in semifinals.
U18 singles quarterfinals:
Kashan-ul-Haq bt Raza Sawani 6-4, 6-3
Dawar Rehan bt Hassan Farooq 6-3, 6-3
Talha Zubair bt Marib Malik 6-3, 6-4
U-18 singles semifinals:
Nofil Kaleem bt Kashan-ul-Haq 6-3, 7-6
U-16 singles quarterfinals:
Nofil Kaleem bt Sahabzada Mohammad Ali 6-3, 6-4
Dawar Rehan bt Ilham Khan 6-4, 6-3
Eibad Sarwar Hussain bt Saad M Ali 7-5, 6-1
Raza Sawani bt Marib Malik 6-2, 6-1
U-16 singles semifinals:
Nofil Kaleem bt Dawar Rehan 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
Raza Sawani bt Eibad Sarwar Hussain 6-0, 6-0
U-14 singles semifinals:
Ilham Khan bt Bilal Imran 6-4, 7-5
Nauman Aftab bt Amin Shafi 6-3, 7-5
U-12 singles semifinals:
Amin Shafi bt Farzan Ahmed 8-0
Mohammad Dada bt Mohammad Yahya 8-3
35-plus singles quarterfinals:
Asad Ali Bagat bt Zulfi 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
Mohammad Manzar bt Mohammad Salman 6-2, 6-3
Sabih Wali bt Salman Butt 6-3, 1-6, 10-7
U-18 girls’ singles semifinals:
Maheen Dada bt Rida 6-2, 6-2
Neha bt Wania Khan 6-3, 6-0
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