ISLAMABAD-Top seeds entered the quarterfinals of the 1st Chairman POF Board National Ranking Tennis Championship 2016 here at POF Ordinance Club on Wednesday.

Aqeel Khan, Ahmed Ch, Heera Ashiq, Barkat ullah, Muzammil Murtaza, Shahzad Khan, Aman Atiq and M Abid were the players, who displayed quality tennis and won their pre-quarterfinals against their respective opponents. Barkat Ullah made a huge upset when he eliminated 7th seed Usman Rafiq in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Peshawar’s Barkat played powerful ground stokes from the baseline and won the first set 7-5 by breaking 12 game of Usman. He took the second set 6-4 by breaking the fifth game to win the match and set quarterfinal date with Heera Ashiq.

In the men’s singles second round, Aqeel thrashed Raja Shahid 6-0 (ret), Ahmed Ch beat Haris Irfanul Haq 6-2, 6-0. Heera Ashiq thumped Abbas Khan 6-1, 6-1, Muzammil Murtaza routed Shahid Afridi 6-1, 6-2, Shahzad Khan beat Arham Atiq 6-3, 6-2, Aman Atiq beat Ahmed Babar 6-1, 6-3 and M Abid outclassed Shahzad 6-0, 6-1. In the men’s doubles first round, Abdal Haider/Arham Atiq beat Qasim Ali/Zeeshan Malik 6-4, 6-3, Malik Abdul Rehman/Ahmed Babar beat Brig Allah Nawaz 6-3, 6-4 and Umair Salim/Syed Shams beat Amjad Ishaq/Col Farrukh 6-4, 1-6, 10-7.  In the boys U-18 singles, all the seeded players moved into the quarterfinals by beating their respective opponents. The best match played in this event was between Barkat Ullah and Hamza Bin Rehan which the former won 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.  In other matches, Muzammil Murtaza beat Zeeshan Bachani 6-0, 6-2, Saqib Umer beat Abdul Sami Qureshi 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, Aman Atiq beat M Abdullah 6-0, 6-1, Asad Ullah beat Talha Bin Asif 6-4, 6-4, Yousaf Khan beat Ilham Khan 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, M Shoaib beat Hafiz Arbab Ali 6-1, 6-1 and Haris Irfanul Haq beat Haider Ali Khan 6-1, 6-0.