Dutch guest player records upset wins before flying outArchive
ISLAMABAD: Rik Van Grewen, a guest player from the Netherlands, registered back-to-back upset victories to qualify for the men’s singles semi-finals of the Subh-e-Nau National Hard Court Tennis Championships here at the PSB Sports Complex on Monday.
However, after Monday’s victories he left Pakistan, leaving an open chance for his rival to get a walkover in what could be a thrilling semi-final clash.
The Dutch player was in Pakistan to attend a wedding and during his stay he played the qualifying round of the event to reach the main round.
First in his pre-quarterfinal on Monday, Rik outplayed Pakistan’s No.7 Mohammad Mudassir 6-2, 6-4.
Since Rik had to travel back home, he played his quarter-final the same day, against Pakistan No.4 Heera Ashiq. Though Heera bagged the opening set, he could not maintain his show and surrendered the next two sets to lose the match 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Meanwhile, top seed Aqeel Khan continued his march to the title outclassing Abdal Haider 6-1, 6-3 in the second round to qualify for the last-eight phase.
Others who joined Aqeel in the men’s singles quarter-finals include Shahzad Khan, Yasir Khan, Mohammad Muzammil, Heera Ashiq, Ahmed Ch and Mohammad Abid.
In the men’s doubles quarter-finals, Aqeel Khan and Heera Ashiq brushed aside Shahid Afridi and Shahzad; Mohammad Muzammil and Mohammad Mudassir defeated Ahmed Ch and Abdal Haider.
Saqib Umar, Hamza bin Rehan, Aqib Umar and Ahmed Asjad reached the boys U-18 semi-finals.
Second round: Aqeel Khan bt Abdal Haider 6-1, 6-3; Shahzad Khan bt Barkatullah 6-1, 6-1; Yasir Khan bt Raja Shahid 6-1, 6-3; Muzammil Murtaza bt Usman Rafiq 6-1, 7-6(3); Rik Van Grewen bt Mohammad Mudassir Murtaza 6-2, 6-4; Heera Ashiq bt Ahmed Asjad 6-0, 6-0; Ahmed Ch bt Asadullah Khan 6-3, 6-2; Mohammad Abid bt Ikramullah 6-1, 6-1.
Quarter-final: Rik Van Grewen bt Heera Ashiq 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Quarter-finals: Mohammad Muzammil/Mohammad Mudassir bt Ahmed Ch/Abdal Haider 6-0, 6-4; Shahzad Khan/Yasir Khan bt Israr Gul/Shaheen Mahmood 6-2, 6-3; Mohammad Abid/Usman Rafique bt Haris Irfan-ul-Haq/Ahmed Asjad 6-3, 6-1; Aqeel Khan/Heera Ashiq bt Shahid Afridi/Shahzad PAF 6-3, 6-4.
Boys juniors U-18:
Quarter-finals: Saqib Umar bt Izhar Iftikhar 6-2, 6-2; Hamza bin Rehan bt Subhan bin Salik 6-4, 7-5; Aqib Umar bt Musa Ch 6-2, 6-1; Ahmed Asjad bt Sami Zeb 6-1, 6-3.
Quarter-finals: Zalan Khan bt Ahmed Nael 4-0, 5-3; Abdul Hannan bt Kashan Umar 1-4, 4-0, 5-4(3); Huzaifa Khan bt Hameed Israr 4-2, 4-2.
Quarter-finals: Mahvish Chishtie bt Shahida Kausar 6-1, 6-1; Sara Mansoor bt Aimal Rauf 6-0, 6-0; Nida Akram bt Noor Rauf Rathor 6-2, 6-0.
Published in Dawn, April 11th, 2017