KARACHI: Pakistan’s campaign in the Commonwealth Games received a major blow when their tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq failed to repeat his US Open success in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Aisam, who teamed up with Pakistan number one Aqeel Khan in the doubles event, was in full flow but his partner was unable to give his best, allowing their Australian opponents — Peter Luczak and Paul Hanley — to win the match 7-6, 6-4.
Aqeel was earlier involved in a tough men’s singles match against England’s Ross Hutchins. The Davis Cupper lost the opening set 2-6 and then wasted a break point to go down fighting in the second 6-7 on a tie-breaker.
“It was really hot and humid here and the tough singles matches left Aqeel quite drained ahead of the doubles match,” Mohammad Khalid, Pakistan’s tennis coach, told ‘The News’ from New Delhi.
The doubles defeat is a big setback for Pakistan, who were hoping that Aisam will somehow help them to win a tennis medal in the Commonwealth Games after his US Open heroics last month. Aisam, together with India’s Rohan Bopanna, reached the men’s doubles at the US Open before losing to the Brian brothers of the United States.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s boxer Nisar Khan proved too good for Peter Michael of Papua New Guinea in a 75-kg bout.