Top ranking player Barkat Ullah of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa upset Afghanistan No. 1 Asad UIllah in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tennis Open Championship being played here at Synthetic Courts of Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Known cardiologist Dr. Farhat Abbas was the chief guest on this occasion who witnessed the quarter-finals matches which produced great thrill. In the first quarter-final match Barkat Ullah faced tough resistance at the hands of Afghanistan No. 1 Asad Ullah in the marathon three sets battle. The score of the match clearly indicated the struggled made by the two players for a single point. The score was 6-7 (6-6), 7-6 (6-6) and 6-4.
The two promising players Barkat Ullah, hailing from Nawa Khali Peshawar and Asad Ullah, hailing from Afghanistan but was coached and trained by Directorate of Sports Coach Roman Gul, played well and exhibited some classic volleys, forceful smashes and strong services. Asad Ullah won the first set in a close margin 6-7 when both were tied at 6-6 but later on Barkat Ullah managed his position according to the situation and played with great determination by putting Asad on the back of the court. Barkat Ullah took the second set by 7-6 before playing a 6-6 in the game tally and marched into victory in the third and decisive set by 6-4. The two were locked first at 3-3 and then at 4-4.
Pakistan No. 1 Aqeel Khan also witnessed the match and appreciated both the players for their tremendous display. He also lauded the Directorate General Sports KP for the construction of 10 different Tennis courts including six synthetic. It would further improve the game of the upcoming players because now they have the facility of playing on good courts, he added.
In the other quarter-finals of the Men singles Ijaz Ahmad of Police defeated Abbas Khan of PAF by 7-5 (6-6), 1-6 and 6-3 and moved to the semi-finals.
In the other quarter-final Yousaf Khalil of PAF defeated Saqib Umar of SNGPL in a one-sided affairs, the score was 6-2 and 6-2.
In the Under-14 quarter-final Kashan Umer of KP beat Haseeb Khan by 6-1 and 6-0 in a one-sided affairs, Hamza Roman of SNGPL defeated Taimur Khan of KP by 6-1 and 6-1 and moved to the semi-finals.
In he Men doubles top seed Ijaz of Police and Barkat Ullah of PAF defeated Shahid Afridi and Shaheen Mehmood of KP by 6-3and 6-4, Yousaf Khalil and Shakir Ullah of KP beat Shaharyar and Azhar Iftikhar by 6-4 and 6-3 and moved to the semi-finals. In the above 35-year of age category doubles quarter-final Gul Hamid of Punjab and Zahir Rehman of KP defeated Amjad Nasir and Wakeel Khan of KP by 6-3 and 6-2.
When contacted Pakistan No. 1 Aqeel Khan, who is also hailing from Nawa Khali, told media men KP has produced world class player in squash, tennis, hockey and other games. He said if provided proper coaching and training and help them financially the players of KP would reach at the top level as they had in the past and could bring more laurels for Pakistan.
He was very much pleased for inviting to the KP Tennis Open. Hailing from Peshawar, he said, always special for me as place besides meeting the relatives and friends. “I spent my childhood in Nawa Khali and learn good tennis from here. He said he could not see that much talent that have in Peshawar or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but they are lacking proper support. “The aim and objective of my visit is to play her and provided much needed top level Tennis exposure to the upcoming youngsters,” Aqeel Khan added. He also appreciated President KP Tennis Association Dr. Tahir, Senior Vice President Dr. Farhat Abbas, Secretary Umar Ayaz and above all Director General Sports Junaid Khan for taking pain and taken steps for the promotion of Tennis in the province by developing new courts.