Lahore - Double delight for Pakistan’s longest serving No 1 player Aqeel Khan as he won men’s singles and doubles titles while lone international ladies tennis player Ushna Suhail completed double hat-trick of national titles in 2017 by winning the Nayza All-Pakistan National Tennis Championship 2017 final here at the PLTA tennis courts on Sunday.

In the men’s singles final, Aqeel Khan outlasted M Abid 6-4, 6-2. Both the players amused the spectators with their superb tennis techniques and skills. But it was veteran Aqeel’s wide experience which helped him down the youngster for title victory. Aqeel faced tough resistance from Abid in the first set, which he won 6-4 but in the second set, he played aggressive game and didn’t allow his opponent to play freely, thus won the set 6-2 and added yet another feather in his already decorated cap.

Talking to media after winning the title, Aqeel said: “It was a wonderful crowd and atmosphere here at the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) and I enjoyed my game and crowd support a lot. I am glad to clinch another title and as soon as I am fit, I not only continue to win more but also continue to serve my country in a befitting manner. Now, my main target is to win the ITF Futures to be held in Islamabad. I am training very hard and I am hopeful of doing well in that international event.”

In the ladies singles final, second seed Ushna of ZTBL proved too hot for top seed Sara Mansoor as she routed her 6-1, 6-4. With this title troumph, Ushna claimed sixth consecutive title of the year while she has also the honour of earning world ranking points. Ushna showed her dominance right from the start and took the first set 6-1 with utmost ease. Although she faced some resistance in the second set where she conceded 4 four points yet she won it 6-4 to claim the sixth national title. Ushna told media that she was very glad to win the sixth consecutive national title. “It is due my parents’ support, hard work and dedication which is bearing fruit. I will continue to do well not only at national level, but also at international level to win more and more laurels for my country.”

In the men’s doubles final, the pair of Aqeel Khan and Shahzad Khan edged past the pair of M Abid and Usman Rafiq 6-0, 6-4 to clinch the title. The Under-18 boys’ singles title was won by M Shoaib of SNGPL who toppled M Umar of SNGPL 6-3, 6-3. The Under-14 boys’ singles title went to Asheesh Kumar of Lahore who beat Farman Shakeel 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 while Hamza Ruman clinched the Under-10 title by beating Hamayun Ehtesham by 6-4.

Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana graced the final as chief guest and distributed prizes and trophies among the winners. PLTA chairman Rao Iftikhar Ahmad, secretary Rashid Malik, chief referee Arif Qureshi, Rafum Group marketing manager Shahid Riaz, Col (r) Asif Dar and others were also present on the occasion.

The governor lauded the efforts of Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) for the promotion of tennis at grassroots level. He also appreciated sponsors Rafum Group for supporting this beautiful game and hoped more sponsors would contribute in promoting this game. “The PLTA has doing great work and focusing on youth by training and grooming them well. It is also the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to promote sports among youth and I assure all-out support to the PLTA for the promotion of tennis at grassroots level,” he added.