ISLAMABAD  -

Top seed Aqeel Khan of Wapda won the men's singles title of Mahfooz Safar National Ranking Tennis Championship after overcoming a spirited challenge from Imran Shoukat in two hard-fought sets played here at the PTF Tennis Complex on Tuesday.

Aqeel won the encounter in 45 minutes 6-3 and 6-4. The first set started at a high pace as both players managed to hold on to their respective serves in the first three games. After that it was only one-way traffic as Aqeel raised the tempo of his game and played some lovely backhand powerful shots down the baseline, which were too much for the unseeded 24-year old Imran, who had no answer to the Pakistan number 1 players pin point lobs and powerful serves and conceded the first set 6-3.

The second set started at a very high pace as first Aqeel broke Imran's serve and in the very next game Imran bounced back and broke Aqeel to level the second set 1-1. After that both players managed to hold on to their serves until the 7th game when Aqeel once again broke Imran by playing powerful game from baseline to take 4/3 lead and then hold on to his serve. Imran hold on to his serve to make it 4/5, Aqeel was serving for the match when pressure started to take its toll even on seasoned Aqeel. He was down 15/40 but showed why he was the longest serving number 1 player of the country to not only level the score at 40-40 but went on to take the set 6/4 thus winning back-to-back titles. Aqeel had also won the doubles title partnering his younger brother Jaleel Khan. Aqeel was awarded Rs 35000 and trophy while Imran got Rs 20000 and runners up trophy. Pakistan Tennis Federation Patron in chief Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas and PTF president Dr Syed Kaleem Imam were the chief guests on the final and distributed prizes and trophies among players.

In the ladies singles final former national champion and winner of 67 titles Sarah Mahboob Khan of ZTBL upsets top seed Sara Mansoor in three hard-fought sets after a marathon three hours battle. Sara Mansoor won the first set 6-4 by breaking 9th game of Sarah Mahboob. Sarah Mahboob was 0-2 down in the second set but showed her class and not only level the game at 2-2 but also went on to win the set 6-4. In the third set, Sarah Mahboob was simply unplayable and was at the top of her game as she brushed aside top seed Sara 6-2 to take her second title on trot. She received cash prize of Rs15,000 along with winning shield whereas Sara Mansoor pocketed Rs10,000 and runners up trophy. The match was officiated by Asif Ali.

Francisco of Italy won the diplomats singles title by beating Fabio in a three set match 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Both the players displayed long rallies during one hour and 45 minutes match.

A total number of 110 players from all over the country participated in four different events men's singles, men's doubles, ladies singles, boys U-18 singles and Diplomat singles. A sum of Rs 250,000 was distributed amongst the players as prize money and daily allowances. The championship was sponsored by Motorway and Highway Police.