ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's junior U-14 tennis player Mahin Aftab Qureshi made herself and the country proud by annexing the second leg ITF Asian U-14 Tennis Championships - Division II, 2015 girls singles title after outclassing Sri Lankan Anika Seneviratne in straight sets in the final played at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Wednesday.

Talking to The Nation from Vietnam, 13-year-old Mahin attributed the victory to his parents and the country. “I was very gloomy after losing the final of the previous championship but then I made up my mind to win the win the next championship at any cost, thanks to Almighty, I managed to fulfill my dream. My father Air Commodore Aftab Qureshi always stands by both me and Alina, and always there whenever we need him. This was possible just because of his tireless efforts, he made for us.”

“I was almost sure this time I would beat my opponent in the finals. My sheer commitment and hard work paid off, as I played the entire event with a very positive and aggressive frame of mind. I was fully aware of the fact, the minor mistakes in the previous championship cost me title, so I worked very hard in the practice sessions and overcame my shortcomings,” she added.

“The final started in a very tense atmosphere, as I was feeling pressure of the final. I took time before I settled down in the first set against Anika Seneviratne. In the early part of the first few games, it was Anika who was playing very aggressive tennis, but after four games, I started playing my natural game and took the first set 6-4. Same was the case in the second set, as I started smelling victory. Emotions were running high, so I made a couple of childish mistakes, which I had never committed in the past. After early mistakes, I once again settled down well and started dictating terms. Anika had no answers to my powerful baseline game and it was almost impossible for her to reply to my forceful returns. I took the second set 6-4, thus won my first ever international title,” she stated.

“This is the feat, which none of the male or female of Pakistan have achieved. I am looking forward to play in more and more high-profile events and take international ranking points to break into world’s elite female group of players. I will not relax and remain in the tennis courts and work harder. It is my request to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to provide maximum international opportunities to females so we may earn more laurels for the country,” Mahin concluded.

PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan, secretary M Khalid Rehmani and management committee congratulated Mahin Aftab on her excellent performance in both the tournaments at Vietnam.