Ushna surprises Indian rival in Women International tennis
ISLAMABAD: Ushna Suhail and Saba Aziz of Pakistan won their first round matches in the main draw of first-ever ITF Pakistan Women International Tennis Futures Circuit at PTF Tennis Complex here on Monday.
Ushna Suhail, a 15-year-old from Lahore, pulled a surprise when she knocked out Dipti Srivastava of India in a well-contested three set match.
Ushna Suhail is grand-daughter of renowned tennis player late Khawaja Iftikhar Ahmad and first cousin of the country’s current tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
Saba Aziz, another upcoming player from Lahore, also reached the pre-quarter-finals by eliminating compatriot Mehek Khokhar in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
Anushree Thammanna of India won her encounter against Sarah Mahboob, Pakistan No. 1 player, in a thrilling three set match. Sarah won the first set at 6-3 and was leading 2-0 in the second set but then lost her way.
The other good match of the day was played between Harshini Reddy of India and Sara Mansoor of Pakistan. Reddy won the first set at 6-2 by breaking 2nd and 4th games of Sara. In the second set Sara Mansoor built up the winning lead 5-1 by breaking 3rd and 4th games of Reddy to win 6-2 and level the match 1-1.
The score went up to 6-6 as both the players held their respective serves in the third set which was decided on tie-break which Reddy won 7-4 by playing some intelligent shots at crucial moments.
Sara lost the match by hitting double fault at 4-6 in the tie-break. The match lasted 2 hours 25 minutes.
Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, President Pakistan Tennis Federation, inaugurated the tournament.