LAHORE - M Abid caused an upset in the 3rd Hassan Tariq Rahim Masters Cup Tennis Tournament when he stunned Pakistan No 2 Shehzad Khan in the group match at the hard courts of Lahore Gymkhana Club here on Thursday.
Abid defeated Shehzad Khan in three grueling sets as he won 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2. Abid lost the first set in a tie-break, although throughout the set, he had dominated the play. In the second set he broke Shehzad’s serve at four games to serve for the set at 5-4 but failed to hold his own service game. He again broke Shehzad’s next service game and eventually served out to win the second set at 7-5. In the third set, he broke Shehzad’s serve two times to take early lead and eventually served out the set to win the match at 6-2.
In the other group men’s singles match, Aqeel Khan defeated his younger brother Yasir Khan 7-5, 1-6, 6-1. Heera Ashiq had better of Mudassir Murtaza as he thrashed him 6-0, 6-3 in a one sided affair.
The most exciting match of the day was between Sara Mansoor and Sarah Mehboob Khan which the former won in three thrilling sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Having lost the first set, Sara Mansoor played more aggressively and made Sarah Mehboob run from one corner to the other. She won the second set 6-3. In the third set, Sara Mansoor broke Sarah Mehboob’s serve early on and took 5-2 lead. She served for the set at 5-3 but failed to hold her serve. However, she broke Sarah Mehboob’s 10th game of the set to win the match 6-4.
In the other women’s match of the day, Ushna Suhail thrashed Rida Khalid 6-0, 6-0. In the women’s semi-finals, Ushna Suhail will take on Sarah Mehboob Khan today (Friday) at 2:15pm while Sara Mansoor will face Rida Khalid tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am. In the boys’ U-18 group matches, Hamza Bin Asif defeated his younger brother Talha Bin Asif 6-4, 6-4, Aman Attique Khan defeated Saqib Umer 6-4, 6-4, while Muzamil Murtaza thrashed Ilham Khan 6-4, 6-0. In the men’s doubles, Usman Rafiq & Heera Ashiq beat Imran Ali Asghar & Imran Bhatti 6-2, 6-4.