ISLAMABAD - Ushna Suhail, national ladies and junior champion once again proved her superiority by defeating all the leading women players in the trials matches conducted here at Senator Dilawar Abbas Tennis Complex for the selection of Pakistan Fed Cup team which will to China to play against the hosts.

The Fed Cup will commence from January 30. In the first match Ushna thrashed Emaan Qureshi 6-0, 6-2, in the second match she defeated Mehak Khokhar 6-0, 6-1. Ushna in the crucial match outplayed Pakistan No. 1 national women player Saba Aziz by 6-1, 6-2.

Ushna looked in a prime form and outplayed each opponents with much ease and forced her way to the Pakistan Fed Cup squad which is to be announced by the Pakistan Tennis Federation in couple of days.

In an exclusive interview with TheNation on Wednesday Ushna, grand daughter of former Pakistan national champion, Kh Iftikhar, and the first cousin of Pride of Pakistan winner Aisam-ul-Haq, while throwing light on her short but glittering career said: “I have to carry on the proud legacy of my family and started playing tennis at the age of 13 under the supervision of former national champion Rashid Malik in Lahore and in a very short span of time I became the number 1 tennis player in juniors category.” She said she also beat former Pakistan number 1 woman player Sarah Mahboob in the semi-final at the Bagh Jinnah Lahore and become Pakistan number one woman player.

“Former Pakistan great Zulfiqar Rahim helped me a lot to improve my game and remained active throughout my carrier and I am learning skills from him at Islamabad,” she added.

Ushna said: Her parents always remain a great source of inspiration and bore all my expenses from their own pocket. She has visited France and US and had spells at Chuck Kriese Junior Tennis Champions Centre at Baltimore, Washington, Ushna added.

Ushna had participated in different tournaments in US and played singles and also doubles matches and had learned a lot during her stay in US. She further said, my mother always with me despite her professional commitments and is a source of my motivation. Because of her tireless efforts she had achieved so many successes in a short span of time.

If the government and Pakistan Tennis Federation help her financially she will not let them down and bring laurels for the country at international level just like her cousin Aisam ul Haq.

My parents have supported me a lot and spent millions of rupees on my foreign tours and training abroad with their own pocket but now as my father is retired and can't afford such huge expenses on my training so now is the time that PTF must step forward and help me in achieving my goals, winning major tournaments for the country and to take part in Grand Slam events.

Ushna has already started to show her class with her doubles partner Ashmitha Easwaramurti (India) and became the first Pakistani ladies tennis player at age 18 to reach the semi-final of Women Circuit ITF tournament in Djibouti. It was Ushna's first Women Circuit ITF tournament after three years in ITF junior tournaments playing in 19 countries during that period she achieved the world junior women ranking of 337.

She is ready to serve her country in the years to come both at national and at international level but it depends on the PTF attitude as the federation will provide financial help to me to serve the country in future, Ushna concluded.