ISLAMABAD -- Muzammil Murtaza thrashed Aqeel Khan 2-0 to win the men's singles title in the 5th Shaheed Benazir Bhutto National Ranking Tennis Championship 2019 here at Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC) on Sunday.
While Mahin Aftab hammered seven-time former national champion Sarah Mehboob Khan 2-0 to lift the ladies singles title. Senator Farhatullah Babar graced the occasion as chief guest, while Senator Taj Haider, the family members of Senator Dilawar Abbass (late), Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) officials, ITC MD Fazle Subhan and fans were also present there.
The men's singles final started on a high tempo, as Muzammil stunned Aqeel by breaking his very first serve. However, Aqeel bounced back in style to break his opponent's third game and hold his serve. It was a tough encounter for Aqeel, as he was struggling hard to adjust with bounce of the court. He was looking frustrated and his majority of drop shots were hitting the net. On the other hand, Muzammil was comfortably holding his own serves and giving tough time to his opponent. When the set was tied at 6-6, Muzammil started attacking his opponent and took crucial lead of 4-1. The entire arena was buzzing with Muzammil's name, as they were cheering him with passion. After some battle, Muzammil finally held his nerves and took the set 7-6 (8), which lasted for more than an hour and 35 minutes. However, Muzammil was so frustrated from his mistakes that he broke the strings of his racket by hitting it to the net. The chair umpire noticed the incident and gave him conduct and racket abuse warning.
When the second set started, Muzammil comfortably held his serve and broke Aqeel's serve to take 2-0 lead. Aqeel never showed any sign of weakness, but immediately bounced back to break the third game of his opponent to...