ISLAMABAD - Mahin Aftab's giant killing dream run continued in the ITF Asian 14 and Under Tennis Championships Division II as she squeezed into the final after staging a sensational victory against Nepalese top junior girl in the marathon semifinal played in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Thursday.

Mahin beat Nepalese Mathema 2-1 in a keenly-contested semifinal. Talking to The Nation, Mahin said: “It was a very difficult match for me, as my opponent had a vast experience of playing at international level. Although I was top seed for the event but the matter of the fact is that it is a completely different stage. All the junior players arrived here are thorough professionals and top juniors of their respective countries. It was a see saw battle in the first set as both of us played cautiously and managed to hold onto our respective serves in the first 10 games. Finally, I broke her serve in the 11th game to lead 6-5 and then held onto my serve to take the set 7-5.”

“It was completely a different Mathema in the second set as she didn’t allow me any chance to play my natural game and completely outclassed me to take the set 6-1. I set aside the second set disappointment and entered the court in the third and final set with positive frame of mind. I stared playing my aggressive game and settled down well in the first game of the third set. I broke Mathema in the ninth game to make it 5-4 and then held my serve to clinch the third set 6-4, thus managed to win the semifinal in almost 75 minutes,” she added.  “I will take the winner of all-Sri Lankan semifinal between Manaweera and Senevirata in the final today (Friday),” Mahin concluded.