KARACHI - When his colleagues were biting dust the Sri Lankan Davis cupper Thangarajah Nishangan kept his country’s flag flying in the UBL international hard court tennis here at Karachi Gymkhana on Tuesday by beating M Waqas to reach the quarter finals of the men’s singles.

Though Thangarjah Nishangan lost first set but the Lankan makde strong come back to clinch the next two sets to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Top seed Aqeel Khan reached the last eight by defeating Madusha Wijesuriya (Sri Lanka) 6-2 and 6-1.Nadaraja Nishngan of Sri Lanka went down fighting to Khurram Nazir in three sets 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4.

The contest between former Davis cupper Hameedul Haq and Rashid Malik in the pre quarter finals ended in win for Islamabad based player when Lahore based Rashid Malik threw in the towel in the second set after winning the first set 6-1 and trailing 1-0 in the second due to an injury.

Five walk overs were awarded in the ladies singles. The match of the day in the event was between teenager Maheen Dada and experienced Ms. Shahida Farooq Kauser. The younger opponent won the match without losing a game 6-0, 6-0.Shahida Kauser recent underwent some minor surgery and was not fully fit for the competition but yet she picked up the courage and played in the championships.

Hassan Farooq an up coming player from Karachi caused an up set in the uder-14 event when he out played second seed Muzamil in well contested three set mach in the quarter final and advanced to the semi final and will face Dewar Rehan


Men Singles Pre-Quarter finals.

Aqeel Khan bt Madusha Wijesuriya. M Abid Mushtaq bt Malik Abdul Rehman,Yasir Khan bt Ahmed Ch. Thangarjah Nishangan (SL) bt Waqas Malik, Heera Ashiq bt Syed Zohair Raza, Khurram Nazir bt Nadaraja Nishangan, Imran Shaukat bt Ahmed Babar,Hamid ul Haq bt Rashid Malik (retired)

Junior U-18 Singles Pre-Quarters: Adil Kohari bt Mian Bilal, Kashan ul haq bt Saad Noor Samar. Muddasar bt Manzhar,Adil kohari bt Mian Bilal,Ahmed Ch w/o M.Zubaid, Ahmed Baber bt Zubair Gul, Syed Zohair Raza bt Malik Hamza.

Ladies Single pre-quarter matches: Sara Ahmed w/o Aly Saleem, Wania w/o Iman Qureshi,Hasindhi Lokugi w/o Rida khalid, Hania Naveed bt  Khadja Khan (SL),Saba Aziz w/o Tooba, Hajra Nadeem w/o Ayesh Mir, Urooj Iltifat bt Neha Khan, Maheen Dada bt Shahida Farooq.

Boys U-14 singles QFs: Azhar Abdul Qadar bt Shahzuil Malik, Dawar Rehan bt Hamza bin Asif, Hassan Farooq bt M Muzamil.