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Li puts China on tennis map

Li puts China on tennis map

MELBOURNE – Li Na’s memorable achievement in becoming Asia’s first Grand Slam finalist put Chinese tennis firmly on the map at the Australian Open, and made her a big winner despite defeat to Kim Clijsters. Li led Saturday’s final against the world number three, before Clijsters switched tactics to close out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory for her fourth Grand Slam title, and her first outside the US Open.
Mother-of-one Clijsters, 27, had gone into the tournament as the firm favourite in

Punjab table tennis office-bearers elected

LAHORE – Ahmer Mallick was elected as president and Sajjad Asgher secretary general of Punjab Table Tennis Association here on Sunday. The annual general council and election meeting of the association was held here at the committee room of the Sports Board Punjab at the National Hockey Stadium.
All the affiliated districts of the association attend the meeting and the elected panel and the executive body elected nine-members as executive member from different districts. The

Port of Call: Melbourne, where the tennis action is

MELBOURNE – My trip to Australia continues. I arrived in Melbourne last weekend. Everyone I spoke to said that Melbourne had more of a laidback air to it than Sydney. It almost sounded in the same vein one hears every so often in comparisons between Lahore and Karachi.
Melbourne has a lot to offer in terms of arts, culture and history. The Yarra River lazily makes its way across, neatly dividing the more residential sectors from the hub of business at city centre. Instead of the

Fed Cup camp for female tennis players begins

LAHORE – Pakistan’s female tennis players will participate in the Federation Cup after almost a decade and the camp training of players started here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah courts under the supervision of former Davis Cupper Rashid Malik. Pakistan’s top female tennis player Ushna Suhail, currently nursing an ankle injury, will undergo fitness test on January 21 and as long as she does not gain the required fitness level, she would be kept as a reserve.
“Sara Mahboob, Sara Mansoor

Iman Qureshi – Tennis star in the making

LAHORE – Iman Qureshi, the 13-year old, eighth grade student of Lahore Grammer School, Defence had quite an eventful year, winning a number of international titles, making Pakistan’s presence felt at the junior level of the ITF circuit.
Iman finished the year at an overall 3rd position in Asia in 14 and Under Asian Tennis Ranking. She is the only Pakistani player to have achieved the honour. While playing in the Asian circuit, she managed to win two titles (in Allepo and

Punjab Junior Table Tennis from today

LAHORE – The Punjab Junior Inter District Table Tennis Championship will start at Khanewal from December 28 at the Sports Hall of Government Commerce College, Peoples Colony Khanewal.
According to President District Table Tennis Association Khanewal Haji Amber Bashir, this championship is being participated by 100 players and official. The events to be contested include team and individual categories in boys and girls. DCO Khanewal Qazi Muhammad Ishfaq will be the chief guest of

Iman shines in Qatar Junior Tennis

LAHORE: Pakistan’s young tennis player Iman Qureshi outplayed her Indian opponent in a marathon quarter-final match of the Qatar Asian Junior Tennis Championship in Doha and has also reached the doubles final. Iman, one of the few Pakistani girls on international tennis circuit, surprised everyone when she beat her much superior opponent from India Rakeetha Pariera in a three hour long match.
Iman stunned the tournament’s top seed and Asian Junior champion Rakeetha Pariera in

Top seeds live up to billing in Punjab Tennis C’ship

LAHORE: National singles and junior champion Samir Iftikhar, Heera Ashiq, former Davis Cupper Rashid Malik and junior Davis cupper Faizan Khurrum reached the semi-finals of the Servis Cup Tennis Tournament here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Courts on Monday.
All the top seeded players in the all the categories advanced to the semi-final stage of the tournament. Heera, Samir, Mohammad Abid and Faizan also reached the last four of the under-18 category. Mehak Khokhar, Sara Mahboob, Annosha

Samir, Faizan in Punjab Tennis semis

LAHORE: Pakistan junior tennis players Samir Iftikhar and Faizan Khurram upstaged the second seed pair and qualified for the Servis Punjab Open Tennis Championship here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah courts on Sunday. Local tennis fans enjoyed the spectacular doubles match as cousins and Junior Davis Cuppers Samir and Faizan upset Heera Ashiq and Waqas Malik 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.
The pair, who are also cousins of Pakistan tennis star Aisamul Haq and grandsons of late Indo-Pak

Punjab Tennis Tournament – Samir cruises into quarterfinals

LAHORE: Faizan Khurrum, Samir Iftikhar and Rashid Malik moved to the quarterfinals of the Servis Cup Punjab Tennis Tournament here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah.
All these players had an easy sailing to the last eight stage of the championship, which saw another 16 matches played on day three under chilly conditions. All matches in the men’s singles finished in straight sets, except the day’s opener that went to three sets after Asad Abdul Sakoo came from one set behind to win.

Plain sailing for top seeds in Punjab Tennis C’ship

LAHORE: All the seeded players of the country advanced to the next round of the Servis Punjab Tennis Championship here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Courts on Friday. National singles and junior champion Samir Iftikhar, junior Davis Cupper Faizan Khurrum and Pakistan’s non-playing captain Rashid Malik won their matches.
Samir and Faizan clinched their under-18 and men’s games while Malik won in the open category. All the seeded players have now reached the pre-quarterfinals stage of the

Punjab Tennis Championship gets underway

LAHORE: The Punjab Tennis Championship sponsored by Service Industries rolled into action here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah’s courts on Thursday. Tournament Director Rashid Malik said that keeping in view the extensive interest in the championship, they have decided to hold the men’s singles event on the opening day and many seeded junior players have made it to the next round. The championship will be featuring players of the under-12, 14, 18 categories.
Men’s and women’s categories

Signs of renaissance in Pakistan tennis

The Pakistan Tennis scene that new PTF President Kaleem Imam inherits can best be described as a barren moonscape. He discovers to his dismay, that there are no tennis players below the age of 30 who could be called South Asian standard. There are no juniors worth the name. The PTF Complex is a crumbling relic.
The only good news is that the despot Dilawar Abbas and his incompetent crony, Rashid, are gone. There are some remnants of the past that have survived and that is

Punjab Tennis C’ship rolls into action today

LAHORE: The Servis Punjab Tennis Championship will roll into action from today at the Bagh-i-Jinnah Tennis Courts, organizers announced on Wednesday.
The tournament is being jointly organized by the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association and Service Sales Corporation.
Addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, former Davis Cupper and Pakistan’s non-playing captain Rashid Malik said that though it was a Punjab level competition but all the top junior

Jamal runs hot as India and China bag tennis titles

GUANGZHOU: World champion Maryam Jamal comfortably defended her 1,500m Asian Games title on Tuesday as Somdev Devvarman and Peng Shuai delivered tennis gold to India and China.
The Ethiopian-born Jamal, running for Bahrain, lived up to her top billing on the track to win a slow-paced race she never looked like losing with Vietnam’s Truong Thanh Hang a shock silver medallist.
Jamal said she planned to bid for a golden double, as she did at the last Games in Doha four years

ASIAN GAMES 2010 – China turn screws in badminton, table tennis

GUANGZHOU: China’s Wang Shixian shocked world number one Wang Xin to win the women’s Asian Games badminton title Saturday as the hosts completed a clean-sweep of all seven table tennis gold.
The action came as India inflicted more pain on arch-rivals Pakistan in the field hockey, storming into the semi-finals with a 3-2 win for their fourth success over their bitter-rivals this year.
Victories by their paddlers and shuttlers helped push China’s gold medal haul to 138 while

China score golden table tennis treble

GUANGZHOU: China scored a golden table tennis treble at the Asian Games on Friday, winning the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Men’s top seeds Wang Hao and Zhang Jike claimed their title after an almighty battle with teammates and second seeds Ma Lin and Xu Xin, eventually coming through 11-2, 12-10, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.
In the women’s event, Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia made a minor piece of history by becoming the first pair to ever defend a doubles title when they toppled