ISLAMABAD -- Mahin Aftab made huge upset by ousting top seed Sara Mansoor in straight sets in their semifinal of the 5th Shaheed Benazir Bhutto National Ranking Tennis Championship 2019 here at Islamabad Tennis Complex on Saturday.
While in the men's singles semifinals, top seed Aqeel Khan hammered Heera Ashiq in straight sets and Muzammil Murtaza defeated Ahmed Chaudhary 2-1. The men's doubles 45+ final was the best encounter of the day, in which Pakistan's two most experienced and decorated Davis Cuppers Rashid Malik/Hameed-ul-Haq defeated Azeem Khan/Imran Ahmed in straight sets.
Mahin and Sara played their semifinal very passionately. The first set was started on a high tempo, as Sara was applying pressure and Mahin was restricting her calmly. Eventually, Mahin's consistency and patience paid off, as she managed to take first set 6-4. Sara was applying to much pressure in the second set to stay in the match, while Mahin, who was playing simple tennis, never gave her any chance to dictate terms. Mahin then managed to break the eighth game of Sara and hold her serve to win the second set 6-4. With this victory, Mahin set up final date with former national champion Sarah Mehboob Khan, who defeated Noor Malik in straight sets. Sarah took the first set 6-0 without losing a single game before taking the second game 6-1.
Good tennis skills were showed by the participants in the men's singles semifinals. However, it was Aqeel, who dominated in the first semifinal, as he thrashed Heera by winning the first set 6-2 and second set 6-4. Muzammil hammered Ahmed in straight sets in the second semifinal. Muzammil broke the 12th game of his opponent and won the first set 7-5. He then lost the...