ISLAMABAD - Raja Shahid of Islamabad Tennis Complex created first upset of the tournament after handing shocking defeat to Syed Zohair Raza in three hard fought sets in the first round of the Vigo Champ Subh-e-Nau National Tennis Championship here at Islamabad Club on Wednesday.
Shahid stage a remarkable recovery after losing first set as he bounced back to win the next two sets to qualify for the second round.
Syed Zohair Raza started as strong favourite to win the game but failed to handle the speed and powerful volleys of Shahid and lost the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
M Abid, former Davis Cupper Asim Shafique, Talha Zubair, Ahmed Babar, Sanaullah Khan, Abid Ali Akbar and Usman Rafique also entered the next round. Second round of Men’s singles will be played today.
Talha Zubair struggled to beat Muzammil to enter the next round of Boy’s U-18. Iftikhar Ahmed, Arham Atique, Haseeb Yaqoob, Kashanul Haq, Raja Shahid, M Mudassir and Ahmed Babar won their matches easily.
Sahibzada M Ali and Talha bin Asif won their first round matches while Heera Ashiq/Wakeel Khan and Zohair Raza/Sadanul Haq reached next round of Men’s doubles.
Men’s Singles second round matches will be played today at 8:30pm, while Boy’s U-14 matches will start at 4pm, Ladies singles and Seniors 55 plus category matches will be played at 5pm. Results of Men’s singles (second round) M Abid bt Sadan-ul-Haq, Raja Shahid (ITC) bt Zohair Raza; Ahmed Babar bt Hasnain Manzoor; Sanaullah Khan bt Shahid Afridi; Talha Zubair bt Abdul Rehman; Abid Ali bt Mudassar; Asim Shafique bt Munir Ashiq and Usman Rafique bt Taimur Mahmood.
Boy’s U-18 (first round): Iftikhar Ahmed bt Nofil Kaleem; Arham Atique bt Hasnain Manzoor; Haseeb Yaqoob bt Rashid Khan; Kashan-ul-Haq bt Salman bin Saleem; M Mudassar bt Shehroz Rohail; Talha Zubair bt Muzammil; Raja Shahid (ITC) bt Asadullah and Ahmed Babar bt Nouman Khan.
Boys U-14 (first round): Sahibzada M Ali bt Farhanullah;
Talha bin Asif bt Haris Irfan-ul-Haq; Asadullah bt Mohsin Ali; Arham Atique bt Hamza bin Rehan and Sikandar Qurban w/o Rizwan.
Men’s doubles (first round): Heera Ashiq/Abid Ali bt Zakirullah/Wakeel Khan; Zohair Raza/Sadan-ul-Haq bt Hassan Riaz/Abdul Rehman.