Diyas exit leaves Tokyo with seed shortage

TOKYO – Poland's Magda Linette dumped Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas out of the Japan Women's Open on Thursday as seeds continued to tumble at the rain-hit event. Linette completed an upset 6-2, 7-5 victory over her second-seeded opponent to reach the quarter-finals of the $250,000 hard court tournament on Tokyo Bay. Organisers have already seen top seed Carla Suarez Navarro crash out along with Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm. Linette's win leaves American Madison Brengle as the highest-ranked player, although the world number 42 faces a tricky test in the last eight on Friday against Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic. In other second-round results, Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko beat Australian Jarmila Gajdosova 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in a see-saw match while Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei bundled out local favourite Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4.–AFP

Pakistan awarded two ITF ranking events

ISLAMABAD – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has awarded two ITF world ranking senior tennis championships 2015 to Pakistan. Talking to The Nation, PTF secretary M Khalid Rehmani said: “The governing body of tennis has appointed Shehzad Akhter Alvi and me to act as ITF referee for 23rd Mapal Leaf Pakistan ITF world ranking tennis championship at Lahore and 24th Karachi Club Pakistan ITF world ranking tennis championships at Karachi.” The 23rd world ranking championship will be held at Bag-e-Jinnah grass courts from November 1 and 24th edition at Karachi Club’s newly-laid ultramodern hard courts from November 21. In Lahore, Rashid Malik will be tournament director while Asad Ali Bhagat will be in Karachi. Five Indian players for Lahore and two for Karachi have already confirmed their participation.–Staff Reporter

Nasir crashes out of Macau Open

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's top squash player Nasir Iqbal crashed out of the $50,000 Macau Open 2015 at the very first hurdle, as he was beaten by 5th seed Max Lee of Hong Kong 3-2 at Centro de Bowling, Macau China. After winning qualifying round match against unknown HK player Tsz Fung Yib after a tough battle, Nasir could not continue momentum and lost the first round match against the top Hong Kong player. Nasir won the first game 11-5 but lost the second 8-11 and third 7-11. The fourth game was played on a very high pace, as Nasir was not ready to concede and managed to win the game 12-10 to take the match into fifth and deciding game. In the deciding game, Lee stamped his authority and won the game 11-5. Earlier, Nasir beat Tsz Fung 3-2 to qualify for the main round.–Staff Reporter

Women netball camp from October 1

KARACHI – The Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) will be holding the training camp for women players from October 1 at Karachi for the preparation of Asian Women Netball Championship. Pakistan team will be participating in the Asian Women Netball Championship to be held in Hong Kong from December 12. PNF secretary Mudassar Arian said: "A total of 18 best women players will be called up for the camp," he said. He said the best training would be given to the players for the event's preparation and top coaches would be called in to impart training to the players. "A total of 10 players will be selected from the camp on merit basis," he said. The event will be featured by Pakistan, Thailand, Brunei, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Maldives, India and Afghanistan.–Agencies

Pakistan to defend handball title in Games

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan handball team will be defending its title in the SAFF Games to be held in India January next year. Handball player Usman Anjum, who is undergoing training in the camp underway at Pakistan Sports Complex, said: "We have high hopes to defend our title. As many as 18 players including Shahid Pervaiz, Zakir Hussain, Hazrat Hussain, Rehmat Shah, Mobin Ashraf, Naveed, Nawaz, Khurram, Asif, Asif Ali, Zubair, Aziz, Usman, Zahid, Imran, Shahzad, Asim and Muzamil are participating in the camp.” Rana Izhar ul Haq and Sultan Mehmood Ali have been coaching the players. Pakistan beat India by 7 goals in 2010 at Bangladesh in the SAFF Games. He said in next year's SAFF Games a tough competition was expected against India but hopefully, Pakistan would beat them and defend its title.–Staff Reporter