ISLAMABAD - Former national ladies champion Sarah Mehboob Khan thrashed No 1 seed Sara Mansoor in straight sets to lift the title of the 1st Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) National Ranking Tennis Championship 2015 which concluded here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC) on Thursday.

Sara Mehboob Khan had a point to prove against her nemesis as she had lost in the previous tournament final against the same opponent, as she was injured and could not continue the match at that time. But fit again, Sarah was too hot to handle Sara, who looked a meager spectator and had no answers to the power and aggression of Sarah, who was at the top of her game and was playing like a true champion.

Sarah started the first set on a whirlwind fashion and raced onto take 4-0 lead, before Sara finally managed to hold her serve, but it was all she could get from the set as Sarah clinched the first set 6-1 in 32 minutes. The second set was a seesaw battle as both the players played extremely well and the score was level at 4-4. Sarah then showed her class and won two games in a row to win the marathon final which lasted more than two hours and was witnessed by the pack-to-capacity crowd.

Top seed Aqeel Khan was taken to task by Ahmed Chudhary, who fought hard before going down fighting. Aqeel was not expecting such fight from Ahmed and hardly won the first set 7-6 (3). But in the second set, Aqeel didn’t allow his opponent to play freely and restricted him to 6-1 to register victory. The match lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. In the second semi-final, Shehzad Khan won his encounter against Yasir Khan 7-6 (3), 6-1 as the match lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. The men’s singles final will be played today (Thursday) at 2:30pm. In the boys U-18 final, top seed Muzammil Murtaza fought hard against Aman Atique to win the title in three sets.

Aman won the first set 6-4, Muzzamil bounced back to take next two sets thus won the title. In the boys U-14 final, Shoaib Khan thrashed his home town fellow Aqib Umer 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the title.

In 45 veteran category, Fazal–e-Subhan and Hameed-ul-Haq fought hard to beat Inamullah Israr Gul 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-8. In senior 60 doubles semi-finals, Saleem Saifullah Khan/Mehboob Khan beat Justice Ejaz Yousaf/Gul Hameed 6-2, 6-4 while Maj Rashid Khan/Fazal-e-Subhan beat Sardar Usman/Sultan Hayat Khan 7-6(2), 6-1.