ISLAMABAD - Asian and Pakistan number 1 U-14 tennis player Syed Nofil Kaleem Imam lost the final against Karim of Lebanon in straight sets in the Asian Tennis Federation Qatar Series Tennis Under-14 Championship at Khalifa Center Doha Friday.

Talking exclusively with The Nation from Doha, Nofil said: “I fail to continue my brilliant run at the last hurdle. Last night tough doubles final cost me dearly as I was completely outclassed by Karim.” Nofil put up brave show in the first set before finally going down 6-4, but it was all Karim in the second set as Nofil was completely outclassed and lost the second set 6-0.

“I was too tired, but to the credit of my opponent he never allowed me to play my natural aggressive game. I will try hard for the next event and try to win for not only myself but for the country,” a determined Nofil concluded.