Usman, Heera stuns favorite pair in tennis tourney


Karachi: Usman Rafiq and Heera Ashiq shocked Pakistan’s No. 1 doubles team of Yasir Khan and Shehzad Khan in men’s doubles event in 3rd Hassan Tariq Rahim Masters Cup Tennis Tournament at the hard courts of Lahore Gymkhana Club in Lahore on Tuesday.

Pair of Yasir and Shehzad won the first set very convincingly with a score of 6-1 but Usman and Heera came back strongly and won the second set by 7-5 score after a tough battle.

In the match tie-break, Usman and Heera dominated from the start taking early lead and went on to maintain it. They won the match after winning the set by 10-7 score.

In the other men’s doubles match, Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Abid thrashed Faizaan Khurram and Ahmed Chaudhry by 6-1, 6-2 score.

In the men’s singles, Yasir Khan after yesterday’s shock defeat by Mudassir Murtaza again struggled in the first set against Heera Ashiq as he lost it 2-6. But Yasir regrouped himself and won the second set 6-3. He went to take the third by 6-4 score to register a victory.

Shehzad Khan also struggled in his match against Usman Rafique as he won by 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0 score. Meanwhile, Mohammad Abid overpowered Ahmed Chaudhry by 7-5, 6-3 score.

In women’s singles matches, top seeds Ushna Suhail, Sarah Khan and Rida Khalid registered easy and comprehensive wins. Ushna defeated Noor Malik by 6-0, 6-0 score, while Sarah Khan beat Sabah by 6-1, 6-0 score and Rida Khalid thrashed Esha Jawad by 6-0, 6-0 score.

In the Boy’s Under-18 group matches, No.2 seed BarkatUllah defeated Saqib Umer by 6-2, 6-1 score. Top seed Muzamil Murtaza defeated Talha Bin Asif by 6-1, 6-4 score. AsadUllah beat Hamza Bin Asif by 6-4, 6-3 score.