LAHORE - Aqeel Khan defeated Yasir Khan 6-1, 7-5 to lift the Peak Freans Sooper Pakistan Open Tennis Championship 2014 men’s singles title here at the PLTA tennis courts on Friday.
Though the men’s single final was played at very slow pace due to competition between the two brothers yet Aqeel showed his games’ glimpses in the final and won the first set 6-1 with utmost ease. In the second set, he prolonged the game to give his brother chance to bounce back which Yasir availed duly and brought the game to 5-5. Aqeel then played aggressive game and won the set 7-5 to win the title.
The men’s doubles title was also clinched by Aqeel and his partner Ahmad Ch who beat the pair of Yasir Khan and Shahzad Khan 6-4, 7-5. Pakistan No 1 ladies player Sarah Mansoor played well against Rida Khalid and edged her out 7-6, 6-2 for the top honour. The U-18 final title went to Syed Nofil Kalim who overwhelmed Hasnain Man zoor 6-4, 6-3 while U-14 title was won by Barkat Ullah who thrashed Ilham Khan 6-4, 6-2 and the U-12 title was won by Shoaib Khan who thumped Hamza Bin Rehan 6-4, 6-2.
Speaking at the occasion, Aqeel said: “There is a dire need of increasing the number of tennis events as the more the events will be held, the better outcome the Pakistan Tennis Federation can get. It will provide our players opportunities to learn and earn and make them ready for the national and international events.”
He thanked the sponsors for supporting tennis and hoped they would continue to promote this beautiful game. “There is a dire need of promoting tennis so the government and corporate sector must come forward to extend their support to the tennis federation and players who are capable enough to earn good name for the country at international forum.”
“There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and they more than capable of beating any given player but what they lack is international exposure which is the dire need of the hour. They must be sent abroad for trainings as well as for international events where though they will lose earlier but they will gain a lot in form international exposure and with this experience, they will start producing results,” Aqeel concluded.