Azadi Cup Tenpin Bowling from today

ISLAMABAD – The Azadi Cup Tenpin Bowling Championship will roll into action today (Monday) to mark the Pakistan Independence Day. The event, which is being organized by the Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) and Leisure City Bowling Club (LCBC) in collaboration with Safa Gold Mall, will conclude on August 14. Talking to The Nation, PTBF secretary Ijaz Ur Rehman said: “All the top national players of the country are participating in the championship, in which singles, doubles, team event, deaf event and media events will be organized. The main aim of holding this event is to provide the young bowlers an opportunity to showcase their skills and play alongside top bowlers of the country, pick the talent from grassroots level and celebrate the Independence Day with full devotion.”–Staff Reporter

Pak youth win Football Fiesta title

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan U-13 youth football team won the Football Fiesta title as they remained unbeaten in Group-B and managed to win three matches and drew one in Korea. Talking to The Nation, PSB Deputy Director General Agha Amjedullah said: “It was day to remember for Pakistani juniors who gave exceptional performances and didn’t lose even a single match. The hard work of coach Asad and kids’ response paid off in great fashion. We played two matches every day. Pakistani juniors thrashed experienced Mongolians 2-0 to earn the right for a title showdown with hosts’ Korean Academy team. Pakistan demolished Korea Academy 6-0 to grab gold medal and winning trophy. Two goals each by Atif Khan, M Sohaib and M Salar ensured Pakistan lift title. Atif Khan was awarded top goal scorer award.”–Staff Reporter

Palwasha wins triple crowns in badminton

LAHORE - NBP’s Palwasha Bashir clinched triple crowns in the National Badminton Championship 2015 which concluded here on Sunday. Palwasha of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) defended her women’s singles title after beating Wapda’s Mahoor Shehzad 21-14, 21-17. Palwasha then pairing with Sara Mohmand lifted the women’s doubles title when they thrashed Wapda’s Farzana and Saima Waqas 21-18, 21-19. The mixed doubles event was the third title for Palwasha, who pairing with Attique Chaudhary, defeated Mehmuna Ameer and Irfan Saeed 15-21, 21-14, 21-18. The men’s singles title was lifted by Wapda’s Awais Zahid who beat NBP’s Rizwan Azam 17-21, 21-15, 21-12 while the men’s doubles title went to NBP’s Rizwan Azam and Kashif Sulahri who outclassed Wapda’s Attique Ch and Awais Zahid 21-17, 21-15.–Staff Reporter

Ushna loses Egypt ITF doubles semis

LAHORE – Ushna Suhail and her German partner Anatasia Reimchen went down fighting in a nail-biting semifinal at Women Pro Circuit ITF Tournament at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt against Russian duo Ksenia Bekker, Elina Neply 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-12. In the first set, both sides played long rallies from both flanks, cross court shots, unique net game and highly competitive spirit losing no serve game till score 6-6. Ushna and partner struggled with 7-5 win. The second set saw one break of serve by Russians, holding serve to equalise 6-4. Ushna and partner led 8-3 in decisive super tiebreak with opponents displaying unique mental toughness to level 8-8. Russians then played superbly and won 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 12-10. Ushna is not only first and only Pakistani female tennis player to achieve ITF World ranking in singles and doubles, but also the first ever player to reach the ITF doubles semifinals.–Staff Reporter