The 6th Hassan Tariq Rahim National Ranking Tennis Championship came to a cessation after a splendid and illustrious final day of tennis flurry and liveliness at the Lahore Gymkhana Tennis Courts. A place so very cherished and adored by the late Hassan Tariq Rahim in whose reminiscence this highly acclaimed Championship is held.
And how admirably tennis champions of merit honoured his memory by exhibiting high toned, flair oriented tennis play coupled with combative brilliance. Early in the morning on Sunday, the Ladies finalists Ushna Sohail and the number one ranked Sara Mehbbob battled it out to decide the ladies champion. Although expectations were that the encounter would be closely fought out, but Ushna had chalked out her own game plan which worked with preciseness and exactitude and all through the two sets Ushna surfaced in an imperious and forceful way leaving her opponent appalled and astounded. Ushna’s serves were traumatic and adequately backed by finest shot making. Undoubtedly, Ushna played assertive and energetic tennis and emerged victorious with score chart reading 6-0 and 6-3 making her look dauntless and impregnable, and a memorable way to win the Hassan Tariq Rahim Ladies Title 2021.
As for the Men’s Singles confrontation, Muzamil Murtaza and Muhammed Shoaib stirred the fans and avid gathering with their truculent play and on court upscale hitting. The first set was mastered by Shoaib who rallied with composure and authority and successfully subdued Muzamil Murtuza winning the set 6-4. In the second set, however, Muzamil upgraded his returns and embossed more authority in his strokes. Muzamil won the second set 6-4 and thereafter it was time for his ascendancy. The third set turned out to be an indifferent one for Shoaib who found Muzamil in a consummate and dexterous mood and his command over the flow of the game was all forceful and sturdy. Muzamil emerged as the ingenious one with scores of 4-6, 6-4 and 6-1.
In the Men’s doubles finals, the pair of Aisam ul Haq and Aqeel Khan amazed with their exceptional and outstanding movements and beat Muhammed Abid and Waqas Malik 6-2 and 6-4. No doubt Aisam looks physically and mentally blooming and his footwork and balance allow him to stay razor sharp. For tennis players in Pakistan his presence is captivating.
An appealingly and elegantly organised tennis championship by Waqar Nisar, Furqan Khan and the tennis playing members of Lahore Gymkhana with Khawaja Tariq Rahim as the focal figure.
Winners were honoured by celebrated and prominent ones like Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Sarmad Nadeem, Wajid Aziz and tennis playing ardent ones.