PESHAWAR, Dec 19 (APP): Four seeded Yasir Khan upset Pakistan No. 1 and top seed Aqeel Khan in all family affairs final of the first Governor KP National Tennis Championship played here at PAF Officer Mess Tennis Courts on Saturday.
Aqeel Khan, who is going to tie-the-note on Dec 27 here in Peshawar this year, is beaten by his younger brother Yasir in the marathon 2-1 final lasted for two hours and 21 minutes.
“I have lost the final here after 1999 in Peshawar,” Aqeel Khan informed APP in a post match talks. “I have won 400 titles and I have my longer desires that the youngsters should come up and beat me so as Yasir did by playing very attacking game,” Aqeel, who steer Pakistan to reach to Group-1 after nine year while teaming Pakistan with Aisamul Haq.
Pakistan recorded historic win at the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group II final by winning the deciding rubber against Chinese Taipei’s Jui-Chen Hung in a four-setter at, Izmir in Turkey. Pakistan defeated Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the final and booked a place in Group I after nine years.
“It is a great moment for Pakistan, but it is also sad that Pakistanis are not able to see what we did because we played our home-tie on the neutral venue,” Aqeel added.
Both Yasir and Aqeel went all-out by giving each other a tough fight in the marathon three sets battle, the score was 6-4, 2-6 and 6-4 in favour of Yasir. Winning the first Governor KP Tennis Cup is amazing,” young Yasir told this agency.
Shoaib Khan beat top seed Aqib Umer by 2-0, the score of the Under-14 final was 6-2 and 6-1. In the Under-18 category final Muzamil of Punjab upset top seed Barkat Ullah of KP in another thrilling final 3-0, the score was 6-4, 3-6 and 6-2.
It was the doubles final Shehzad Khan and Yasir Khan defeated Haria Ashaq and Aqeel Khan by 6-4.
Additional Chief Secretary FATA Muhammad Aslam Kambo was the chief guest on this occasion who gave away trophies and cash prizes. Base Commander Peshawar Air Commodore Naveed Haider Minhas, former World Champion Qamar Zaman, Patron-in-chief of PTF Senator Dilawar Abbas, former Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah, President KP Tennis Association Dr. Tahir, Director PAF Sports Control Committee Asghar Awan, players, officials and large number spectators were also present on this occasion.