Venus storms up 10 places after Wuhan win

PARIS – Venus Williams was the main mover at the top of the new WTA tennis rankings published Monday, climbing 10 places to 14th. The veteran older sister of world No 1 Serena Williams won the WTA tournament in Wuhan last week, as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza retired during the final due to exhaustion, although she was already a set and three games down at that point. There was some solace for the Spaniard, though, as the Wimbledon finalist climbed three places to a career high ranking of fifth. Ana Ivanovic was the big loser as she fell six places to 15th. WTA RANKINGS ON OCT 5: 1. Serena Williams, 2. Simona Halep, 3. Maria Sharapova, 4. Petra Kvitova, 5. Garbine Muguruza, 6. Lucie Safarova, 7. Flavia Pennetta, 8. Agnieszka Radwanska, 9. Karolina Pliskova, 10. Angelique Kerber.–AFP

U-12 hockey camp commences

LAHORE – The U-12 hockey camp under Dar Hockey Academy (HA) commenced here at the National Hockey Stadium in which 16 kids have been taking part. The camp is being supervised by Olympian Rehan Butt, who will guide the kids about how to play hockey well. Dar HA secretary Urfan Zia gathered all the kids while academy president Olympian Tauqeer Dar termed the player future of Pakistan hockey. Tauqeer said: “In 2006, we started u-12 hockey camps for the first time and from that team, many players became part of national junior and senior hockey teams. We hope these kids will learn a lot and make their way into national squad. The aim of Dar Hockey Academy is to promote and revive hockey in Pakistan.” Rehan said: “Hockey is in our blood that’s why my both kids want to play hockey.”–Staff Reporter

Bahawalpur, Islamabad win in blind cricket

ISLAMABAD - Bahawalpur and Islamabad Monday earned victories in the 3rd Prime Minster Blind Cricket Cup played here at the F9 Park. In the first match, Bahawalpur beat Gujranwala by six wickets. Gujranwala, batting first, scored 176-7 in 20 overs. M Akram batted brilliantly and slammed 103 runs. In reply, Bahawalpur achieved the target in 17 over for the loss of four wickets. Ayaz (56) was declared man of the match. In the second match, Islamabad defeated Lahore by 7 wickets. Batting first, Lahore in 20 overs scored 130 runs for the loss of no wicket. Salman 35 was the main scorer. In reply, Islamabad for the loss of 3 wickets achieved the target in 17 overs. Aness Javed (35*) batted well. However, Mustafa Kamal who took 2 wickets for Lahore was declared man of the match.–Staff Reporter

Aqsa lifts Junior Ranking Tennis title

ISLAMABAD - Aqsa Afzal won the 6th PTF Development Junior National Ranking Tennis championship 2015 girls U-18 singles title defeating Iqra Nawab here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Complex on Monday. Iqra won the first set 6-1 by breaking 2nd and 4th games of first set. Aqsa won the second set 6-4 by breaking 9th game with the help of down the line winner. Aqsa was in full command in the third set 6-2 by breaking 5th and 7th games of the final set. Top seed Hamza Bin Asif clinched the boys’ U-16 singles title by beating Ibrahim Nazir 7-5, 6-1. Top seed Aman Attique Khan took the title of U-18 event by beating unseeded Musa Chaudhary in straights sets 6-2,6-2. ITA will also conduct Federal Cup Ranking Tennis Tournament from October 12 and Syed Tajmal Abbas Tennis from October 26.–Staff Reporter

DHA, Army win rugby matches

LAHORE - DHA Wild Bears and Pakistan Army won their respective matches of the 3rd Servis Tyres 15-a-side Premier Rugby League here Monday. In first match played here at Punjab Stadium, DHA Wild Bears defeated Lahore Hawks 33-3. Lahore Hawks scored three penalty points and at half time, they were leading 19-3. In the second half, DHA attacked well and brought their total score to 33. For DHA, Sair Riaz, Tahir Rafi, Fouzan Wian, Waseem and Ibraheem scored each try while Manan Naseem converted four tries. In the second match at Islamabad Rugby Club, Army thumped Islamabad Jinns Rugby Club by 14-6. Both the teams played quality rugby. From Army, Nobhar and Nasir scored one try each while Faiz Dogar converted both tries. From Islamabad, Kashif Khawaja scored two penalty tries.–Staff Reporter