Aqeel Khan, Barkatullah, Heera Ashiq, Yousaf Khalil, Mudassir Murtaza, Muhammad Shoaib, Hasheesh Kumar and Muhammad Abid moved into the quarterfinals by winning their respective matches of 34th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships at S. Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Garden Avenue, Islamabad.  

Top seed Aqeel Khan was in excellent form and eliminated Saqib Hayat without conceding a single game at 6-0, 6-0. 2nd seed Muhammad Abid and 3rd seed Muhammad Shoaib won their matches in straight sets without any resistance. Unseeded Hasheesh Kumar of Karachi made the major upset in the tournament when he eliminated 7th seed Ahmed Chaudhary in a well contested three set match. In the final set Ahmed Chaudhary was leading 5-2 and was serving for the match but Hasheesh Kumar fought back not only level the score 5 all by breaking 8th and 10th game by playing consistent game from the baseline and won the final set at 7-5. He will face 2nd seed M. Abid in the quarterfinal tomorrow.  

In the Ladies Singles event Sarah Mehboob, Ushna Suhail, Noor Malik, Esha Jawad, Haniya Navaid, Meheq Khokhar, Kainat Ali and Sheeza Sajid qualified for the quarterfinals by winning their respective matches. In the ladies event Kainat Ali caused the upset when she beat 7 seed Mariam Mirza in another thrilling entertaining three set match.

Day 2 Results:

Men’s Singles (Main Draw Pre Quarterfinals)

Aqeel Khan beat Saqib Hayat 6-0 6-0; Barkatullha w/o Ibrahim Umer; Heera Ashiq beat  Nalain Abbas 6-0 6-3; Yousaf Khalil beat Mahatir Muhammad 6-1 6-0; Mudassir Murtaza beat Talha Bin Asif 6-2 7-6(6); Muhammad Shoaib beat Ahmed Asjad Qureshi 6-2 6-3; Hasheesh Kumar beat Ahmed Chaudhary 5-7 6-4 7-5; Muhammad Abid beat Ahmed Babar 6-4 6-1;

Ladies Singles (Main Draw Pre Quarterfinals)

Noor Malik beat Amara Khan 6-1 6-0; Ushna Suhail beat Seher Aleem 6-0 6-1; Meheq Khokhar w/o Asfa Shahbaz; Sheeza Sajid beat Azeen Aleem 6-1 6-2; Haniya Navaid w/o Mehvish Chishtie; Esha Jawad w/o Nida Akram; Kainat Ali beat Mariam Mirza 7-5 4-6 6-2; Sarah Mehboob w/o Rahat Javid;

Men’s Doubles (Main Draw 1st Round)

Sami Zeb Khan / Ahmad Nael Qureshi beat Israr Gul / Aqib Hayat 6-2 6-3; Shahzad Khan / M. Usman Ejaz beat Abdul Hanan Khan / Faizan Fayyaz 6-4 6-0; Yousaf Khalil / Heera Ashiq beat Mahatir Muhammad / Kamran Khan 6-3 6-2; Asad Ullha / Ejaz Ahmed beat Hasheesh Kumar / Nalain Abbas 6-0 6-3; Ahmed Kamil / Asjad Qureshi beat Abbas Khan / Saqib Hayat 6-3 6-2;

Men’s Doubles Quarterfinals

Aqeel Khan / Nofil Kaleem beat Sami Zeb Khan / Ahmad Nael Qureshi 6-1 6-3; Barkatullah / M. Shoaib beat Asadullah / Ejaz Ahmad 7-5 6-2; Heera Ashiq / Yousaf Khalil beat Shahzad Khan / M. Usman Ejaz 7-6(6) 62

Quarterfinals of Men’s Singles and Ladies Singles will start at 10 am tomorrow, followed by Doubles matches.


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