Kvitova looks on positive side after return

LONDON - Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova says a year on from being the victim of a horrific knife attack she can look to the future positively having successfully returned to the WTA circuit. The 27-year-old defied expectations in returning to competition despite suffering serious wounds to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. However, within months, she had not only made a comeback but also won a title. "Playing on the grass at Wimbledon and getting a good result in the US Open was very important for me mentally, and for my confidence," Kvitova said. "This year has been a rollercoaster. The beginning wasn't very nice, so I'm really glad that it's over. Now I can look at everything positively again."–afpNine Pak players in BB Tennis main draws

ISLAMABAD - As many as nine Pakistani players have qualified for the main draws of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto (BB) International Tennis Tournament 2017 here at Islamabad Tennis Complex. The nine players include Samir Iftikhar, Aqeel Khan, Shahzad Khan, Yasir Khan, M Akbar, Heera Ashiq, Muzammil Murtaza and Ahmed Chaudhry while 23 foreign players are taking part in the international tournament. The participating international players belong to Canada, India, Ukraine, Turkey, Australia, Germany, France and Spain. A total of 16 matches will be played in the main draw today (Monday). The semifinals will be played on December 23, while the finals will be held on December 24.–Staff ReporterSalman helps Ufone lift CPL T20 trophy

LAHORE - Salman Khan brilliant unbeaten knock of 66 has helped Ufone lift the Pepsi CPL Twenty20 Championship 2017 glittering trophy as they thumped Allied Bank 33 runs in the final played here at the Shah Faisal Ground. Ufone, batting first, posted 186-5 in the allotted overs. Salman Khan slammed unbeaten 66 runs while Bilal Bari slammed 47 and Ali Sikandar 27. From Allied Bank, Faiz Sultan took two wickets while Awais Khan and Asif Zaheer got one wicket each. In reply, Allied Bank could score only 55 in the allotted overs. Rizwan Aslam (45) and Umar Ashfaq (19) batted well but they couldn’t help their team win the final. From Ufone, Khayyam Abbas clinched three wickets while Najeeb Ullah took two and Ahsan Zaidi and Nasir Ali got one wicket apiece. Salman Khan was declared man of the final. Aam Awam Party chairman Sohail Zia Butt graced the final as chief guest while Unifoam Director Bilal Sheikh, CPS chairman Ahsan Zaki, Amir Cables CEO Amir Ilyas Butt, Allied Bank divisional head Sarwar Ali Usman, renowned TV actor Rashid Mehmood, Nadeem Pehalwan and Faisal Riaz were guests of honour and they along with chief guest gave away trophies and souvenirs to the winners and top performers.–Staff ReporterFour more matches decided in cricket league

LAHORE – Four more matches were decided in the Premier Super Cricket League fifth round here at two different grounds. At Township Whites Ground, Fatima Group outsmarted Nespak by 7 runs. Fatima Group scored 135-5. In reply, Nespak could score only 128-5. Syed Tabraiz was declared man of the match. In the second match at Township Whites Ground, Jazz outclassed ICI by 7 wickets. ICI, playing first, were all out for 97 runs and in reply, Jazz easily achieved the target in 12.4 overs losing just 3 wickets. The man of the match award was won by Ijaz Bloch. In the third match at Ittefaq Cricket Ground, Descon defeated 3DMS by 5 wickets. 3DMS scored 147-7. Descon, in reply, achieved the required target losing 5 wickets with Syed Mujahid Ali emerging as player of the match. The fourth match at Ittefaq Cricket Ground, Honda routed downed Akzonobal by 7 wickets. Akzonobal, batting first, were bowled out for 92 runs in 14.1 overs and in reply, Honda achieved the target in 12.1 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Irfan Hussain was man of the match.–Staff Reporter