Serena ends Indian Wells boycott

INDIAN WELLS - Serena Williams lifted the lid on her 2001 Indian Wells final Thursday, calling it one of the darkest days in her professional tennis career. "I remember sitting down and praying," Williams said Thursday. "I think I was losing in the first set and I told myself I don't want to win this match. "I just wanted to get through this moment. Not win the match, get through and get off the court pretty much." The world number one said she is trying to forget the events of 2001, when the 19-year-old Serena was booed during the final by tennis fans who accused her and her sister Venus of rigging a match. Williams said Thursday at the Tennis Garden stadium that she had to let go of the past before she could allow herself to end her 14-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament.–AFP

Djokovic still chasing French Open title

INDIAN WELLS - World number one Novak Djokovic says as much as he would like to win a fourth Indian Wells title, claiming the elusive French Open crown is taking priority over everything else. The Serbian star, 27, is aiming for back-to-back Indian Wells titles to go with his fifth Australian Open title won earlier this year. He has two Wimbledon crowns and one US Open but has yet to lift the trophy at Roland Garros, having finished runner-up twice. "The highest priority is the French Open," he said Thursday. "The French Open of course is the Grand Slam I've never won. But I've had a lot of good tournaments there. I played a couple times the finals there, got a step closer." Djokovic said he didn’t agonize over his defeats in the final of the French but rather sees them as a learning experience.–AFP

Aamir returns well in Patron's Trophy G-II

ISLAMABAD - Humak Engineering finished day-one at 20-1 in 5 overs against Army in their Patron's Trophy Grade-II 2014-15, round two group-B match here at Army Stadium on Friday. Earlier Army, put into bat first, piled up 363-3 in 83 overs in their first innings. Shahid Khan hammered 124 hitting 16 fours and one six while Mirdad remained unlucky scoring 95. Atlas Khan bagged 3-79. At Pindi Stadium, pacer M Aamir finally made his long-awaited first class debut after ban and grabbed three wickets. He bowled with lot of venom and aggression in the early part, but looked rusty and well short of match practice in the later part of the day against CDA. Omer Associates finished day at 77-3 in 19 overs. Zohaib Ahmed took 2-40. Earlier, CDA were bowled out for 263 in 64.1 overs.–Staff Reporter

SSA to hold two squash events

ISLAMABAD – The Sindh Squash Association (SSA) in collaboration with Karachi Gymkhana and Karachi City Squash Association will organise Sindh Ranking Squash Championship 2015 at Karachi Gymkhana squash courts from March 21-22 and Pakistan Day Squash Championship at PSF Jahangir Khan Squash Complex to mark Pakistan Day. Talking to The Nation, SSA president Tahir Khanzada said: “The main aim of holding the events is to provide maximum opportunities to the juniors. We will conduct first event in U-15, U-19 in boys and U-19 in girls and masters (men's) 35-39 years, 40-44 years and 45 & above categories. All the interested players are advised to send entries by 18th, while Pakistan Day Squash will be contested among U-19 boys and girls. The entries closing date is also March 18.”–Staff Reporter

Roots annual sports day held

ISLAMABAD – The annual sports day of Roots School System was organised by Harley Region, Civil Lines, Adyala, Lalazar and Gujar Khan Campuses on Friday. Students from different classes participated in a number of games. The sports day started with teams taking oath to play honestly along with march past. The event was highlighted with exciting races including spoon race, sack race, relay race, frog race, treasure hunt, three-legged race, tricycle race, hurdle race, football and cricket match. A unique musical chair competition was also held among the teachers. The students performed karate stunts and gymnastics and also showcased their talents to show their love and support for Pakistan cricket team in World Cup. They also played a friendly cricket match. Founder and chairperson Riffat Mushtaq appreciated the efforts of young Rootsians and teachers for holding the event successfully. Riffat Mushtaq and the branch heads awarded trophies and certificates among the students.–Staff Reporter