Ushna loses doubles, advances in singles

LAHORE – National Ladies Champion and FFC Sports Ambassador Ushna Suhail lost her consecutive doubles semi-finals when she with her Indian partner Rushmi Chakravarthi lost to top seeds Sowjana Bavisetti and Rishika Sunkara of India at 2-6, 4-6 in the ITF Women Pro Circuit Tournaments in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt on Saturday. The Indian top seeds dominated the match fully and did not allow the Pak-India pair to settle down. The top seeds won the first set 6-2 while in the second set, although they faced some resistance from the opponents, yet took the second one 6-4 to book their berth in the tournament’s final. Meanwhile in the singles of the event, Ushna defeated Guatemala’s Melissa Morales with an impressive stroke play and aggressive net game in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.–Staff Reporter

Aqeel, Abid Akbar, Ahmed score wins

ISLAMABAD - Aqeel Khan, M Abid Ali Akbar and Ahmed Chaudhry Saturday won their respective matches of the PTF Masters Invitational Tennis Championship here on the hard courts of Pakistan Sport Complex. Aqeel outlasted Yasir Khan in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Aqeel won the first set 6-2, took the second 6-4 by breaking 9th game of Yasir and won the third 6-2. In the second match, Ahmed struggled hard to beat Canada-based Pakistani Asad Ali Siyyid in a marathon five-set match. Ahmed won the first two sets 6-4, 6-1, however, from the third set, Asad showed his class and leveled the match at two-set all winning the third and fourth sets 6-1, 6-2. In the fifth set, Ahmad played well and won it 6-3. In the third match, Abid Ali Akbar beat M Abid 6-3, 1-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.–Staff Reporter

Air Chief meets PAF expedition team

ISLAMABAD - Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Saturday met the first ever PAF trekking expedition team here at Air Headquarters, which crossed the Baltoro glacier to reach K-2 base camp. The Air Chief lauded their efforts in highlighting the positive image of the country and also their steadfastness in wake of difficult circumstances. On the special instructions of the Air Chief, PAF organised the expedition to Concordia/K2 base camp to promote the spirit of adventure and tourism in the country. He instructed to make this expedition a part of the Independence Day celebrations and paying a befitting tribute to the people of Pakistan on this auspicious occasion. The PAF team comprising 17 members including 13 males and four females reached Sakrdu on August 6 and set out on foot on 8th, they reached Concordia after five days arduous journey covering an average of 21 kilometers a day.–Staff Reporter

Amir meets British High Commissioner

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani-origin British boxer Amir Khan Saturday met with British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Philip Barton CMG OBE here at British High Commission. Amir is in Pakistan to seek support in establishing a boxing academy in Islamabad. Amir commented: "I am grateful to the British High Commissioner on his support to my plans of training Pakistani boxers. As a British Pakistani, I always felt privileged to be part of the deep connections between UK and Pakistan that are embedded in the historical and cultural ties between the two countries. I fully encourage other international sportsmen to visit Pakistan and hope international sports will revive in Pakistan soon." The British High Commissioner said: "Amir is a great ambassador for sports both in UK and in Pakistan. He personifies the cultural bonds between the two nations including our sheer love for sports. I am delighted over Amir’s plans of establishing a boxing academy in Pakistan. The young talent needs to be nurtured and supported and I am sure the academy will produce many Pakistani boxing champions in future."–Staff Reporter