Sports: Tennis: Aging Hamid stuns Usman in tennis tourney


Karachi: Former Davis Cupper 53-year-old Hamid-ul-Haq stunned fifth seeded 23-year-old Usman Rafique after a marathon clash in the men’s first round of inaugural Kulsum Saifullah Khan National Tennis Tournament on Monday at PTF Complex in Islamabad.

In the opening set both the players involved each other in long rallies and at one stage it appeared as if Hamid would get tired and concede the match but he took managed to take the first set 7-5. In the second set, Usman used his youth and wide array of shots to outplay Hamid in all departments of the game and won it 6-1 to level arrears.

The veteran tennis player, Hamid was in no mood to give up and mustered all his energies to take a commanding lead of 4-0 in the third and final set. In the fifth game, Usman held his serve and broke Hamid to narrow the gap to 4-2.

Hamid again took the lead 5-2 but Usman again managed to hold his serve to trail closely by 3-5 score. However, Hamid responded by holding his serve to take the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. The match took two hours and 40 minutes to complete.

Men’s singles first round results:

Mohammad Abid beat Abbas Khan 6-4, 6-1

Malik Hamza beat Wakeel Khan 6-0, 6-0

Shahzad beat Zain Nawab 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Imran Shaukat beat Rashid Khan 6-1, 6-3

Heera Ashiq beat Raja Shahid 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Abid Ali Akbar beat Shahid Afridi 6-3, 6-3

Haseeb Yaqoob beat M. Waqas Malik 7-6, 6-3

Sanaullah Khan beat Zakirullah 6-2, 6-3

Ahmed Ch. beat Babar Ali Akbar 6-4, 6-2

S. Zohair Raza beat Hamza Bin Asif 6-1, 6-1

Ejaz Khan beat Gul Hassan 6-4, 6-4

Shahzad Khan beat Mian Bilal 6-1, 6-0

Hamid ul Haq beat Usman Rafiq 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

M. Muzamil beat Israr Gul 6-3, 6-2

Sikandar Hayat beat Irfanullah 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(1)

Yasir Khan beat Hasnain Manzoor 6-1, 6-0

Junior U18 Singles first round results:

M. Muzamil beat M. Wamiq 6-1, 6-1

Ibrahim Iltifat wo Ali Khalid

Aman Atiq beat Shakirullah 6-0, 6-1

Ilham Khan beat Sheheryar Khan 6-1, 7-6(4)

Shahroze Rohail beat Asad Mehmood 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Haris Irfan ul Haq beat Shoaib Khan 6-0, 6-0

Raja Shafaqat beat Hafiz Arbab Ali 6-3, 7-6(6)

Talha Bin Asif beat Saqib Umer 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4

Farhanullah beat Hashim Khan 6-3, 6-2

Yousaf Hassan beat Asad Nasar 6-1, 6-0

Abdal Haider beat Nauman Aftab 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-2

M. Raza Sawani beat Hamza bin Asif 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Huzaifa Abdul Rehman beat Shaheer ul Hammad 6-1, 6-4

Barkatullah beat Hasnain PSB 6-1, 6-1

Hasnain Manzoor beat Asadullah 6-3, 6-1

Boys U14 Singles first round results:

Huzaifa Abdul Rehman beat Abdul Wahab Anwar 4-0, 4-0

Shahsawar Khan wo Kashif

Sami Zaib beat Ubaidullah 5-3, 4-1

Hamza Bin Rehan beat Musa Ch. 5-3, 1-4, 4-0

Nauman Aftab beat Haseeb Khan 4-0, 4-0

Mustafa Qazi beat Mohammad Mehdi 1-4, 4-0, 4-0

Mohammad Said beat Mohammad Hamza 4-0, 4-0

Kashan Umar wo Raja Azan

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