Huzaifa, Shoaib to lock horns in ITF Junior World C'ship final.


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Huzaifa Abdul Rehman and Shoaib Khan will vie for top honours in the boys singles final of second leg of the ITF Pakistan Junior World Ranking Tennis Championships here at Syed Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad on Friday.

Both the Pakistanis recorded victories in the semifinals against their respective opponenets. In the first semifinal sixth seed Shoaib Khan struggle hard to win his encounter against unseeded Gunuk Kang of Korea in a three-set match that lasted for two hours. Gunuk Kang won the first set at 6-4 by breaking 10th game of Shoaib Khan. In the second set both the players displayed quality tennis as number of winners down the line and cross courts were seen by the spectators and score reached 4-4all in the second set as both players held their respective serves. At 5-4 Gunuk caught set point. Shoaib not only saved the match point but broke his game and levelled the score 5-5all and won the second set at 7-5 by breaking last game of his opponent.

In the final set Shoaib Khan was in full command and did not allow his opponent to settle down and won the set at 6-1 by breaking 3rd and 5th game of Gunuk.

In the second semifinal Huzaifa Abdul Rehman registered straight set win without any resistance at score of 6-1, 6-1 against Min-Joon Kim of Korea.

Meanwhile, in girls singles final defending champion Aysegul Mert of Turkey will face Soo Ha Jang of Korea as they recorded emphatic wins against their respective opponents.

Unseeded Soo Ha Jang caused a major upset when she eliminated third seed Arina Valitova of Russia in a well-contested two-set match. In the first set Arina Valitova built up the lead 3-1 by breaking 3rd game of Soo Ha Jang (KOR). She leveled the score 5-5all by breaking 10th game of Arina and won the 1st set at 7-5 by breaking the last game of Arina at 0-40 in...

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