Abubakar claims two titles, Zohaib one in 4th Qatar Asian Jr 14&U

LAHORE - Pakistan’s rising tennis star, Abubakar Talha, clinched two titles at the 4th Qatar Asian Junior 14&U tournament concluded in Doha, Qatar on December 2, 2023. 
Abubakar Talha, a standout student at FG Abid Majeed School Lahore Cantt, demonstrated his prowess by outclassing Kazakhstan’s Yunusbek Serikuly with a decisive score of 6-1, 6-1 in the boys singles 14&U final. Starting the match with authority, Abubakar dominated the court, allowing his opponent only a single point in the first set. The second set mirrored the first, showcasing Abubakar’s tennis skills as he claimed the singles title with a 6-1 victory. 
Representing Pakistan Wapda and SA Gardens, Abubakar expressed his gratitude to Aisam-ul-Haq, Ace Tennis Academy, and Bard Foundation for their support during the successful two-week tour. Abubakar’s triumph not only brought glory to the young athletes but also raised the Pakistani flag high on the international stage. 
In the boys’ doubles 14&U final, Pakistan’s dynamic duo, Abubakar Talha and Zohaib Afzal Malik, secured another title by defeating the India-Belarus pair of Darsh Khedekar and Vladislav Smirnov with an impressive score of 6-3, 6-0. Despite being 1-3 down in the first set, the Pakistani pair orchestrated a brilliant comeback, winning the first set 6-3 and then completely shutting out their opponents in the second set with a flawless 6-0, ultimately claiming the 14&U doubles trophy. 
Zohaib Afzal Malik, representing SA Gardens and a distinguished student of LGS DHA Phase V, expressed his gratitude to Ace Tennis Academy and its head, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, for the invaluable learnings gained from a recent Ace tennis camp. He also extended thanks to his coach, M Khalid, and trainer, M Arshad, for their support in achieving this remarkable feat. He expressed his hope to work harder and win more glories for his beloved country. 

Azhar Khan is an accomplished senior sports journalist with extensive experience in the field. He can be reached at azharmasood786@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @azharmasood786

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