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      January 30, 2013
      Print : Sports

      Westbury Tennis Championship from Feb 4

      By our correspondent

      KARACHI: The eleventh edition of Westbury Open Ranking Tennis Championship will start from February 4 at DA Creek Club Karachi.

      Pakistan’s current Davis Cup Team members Aqeel Khan, Yasir Khan, and Abid Mushtaq have confirmed their participation, while other top players to be seen in the action include Pakistan’s number one junior player Maheen Dada and former Davis Cupper Jalil Khan.

      The championship will have singles events for the categories of men, ladies, juniors under-17, 15, 13, 11, and 9, while the doubles categories include seniors 45 and 55.

      Besides, Challenge League and Satellite League will also be organised side by side.

      Muhammad Khalid Rehmani, who is the tournament secretary, said the cash prizes for singles of men, ladies, and juniors is Rs20,000.



      Indians unable to accept series defeat: Sarfraz

      KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test player Sarfraz Nawaz said on Tuesday that the Indians have failed to accept the recent 2-1 ODI series defeat at the hands of Pakistan and are now showing their anger by making life miserable for Pakistan women cricket team, who are there to participate in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

      “The skirmishes at the borders were not the only reason which prompted the Indian extremists to protest against Pakistan women cricket team’s presence in India,” Sarfraz told PPI. “The Indians have also not digested the ODI series defeat they suffered earlier this month,” he added.

      After threats from hard-line Hindu parties, most of the hotels in Cuttack refused to entertain Pakistan cricket team. As a result, Pakistan’s women cricketers are now restricted to the Barbati Stadium in Cuttack.

      The former pacer termed such attitude as unacceptable. “Such hostile attitude for sportswomen is unacceptable,” he said.



      Roda’s demise a huge loss: Muhammad Ali

      KARACHI: Former hockey player and Customs Academy coach Muhammad Ali said on Tuesday that Pakistan hockey lost a great legend with the demise of Aslam Roda, who passed away on January 21 at the age of 75 after a prolonged illness.

      “Aslam Roda greatly served the cause of hockey in the country. As a coach, he produced many Olympians, including Tahir Zaman and Shahbaz Junior. With his demise, Pakistan hockey has lost a legend,” Ali said.

      Ali said that Roda played an instrumental role in making Gojra the hub of hockey in the country.

      Gojra, a tehsil of Toba Tek Singh, has produced 112 international players.

      Roda was part of the hockey team in the 1960s and also served as national team’s coach during the 1990s.



      SSGC bulldoze Sindh in junior hockey event

      KARACHI: SSGC proved too good for the Sindh team and recorded a massive 12-0 victory in 32nd Junior U21 National Hockey Championship, which started on Tuesday in Faisalabad.

      Muhammad Rizwan scored a hat-trick, while Arslan Sherazi and Abdul Qayyum scored two goals each. M Asif, Sohail, Ahmed Ali, Zahid and M Naveed scored one goal each for SSGC.

      WAPDA thrashed Punjab by 3-0. Aleem Bilal, Tasawar Abbas and M Irfan scored one goal apiece.

      In another match, NBP thrashed Pakistan Board for a convincing 8-0 victory. Mohammad Tousiq and Mohammad Dilber each scored a hat-trick, while Umer Bhutta scored a brace.



      Nazif, Hamza in semi-finals

      By our correspondent

      KARACHI: Nazif Ahmed and Malik Hamza qualified for the semi-finals of junior under-17 singles category of the IC Trophy Tennis Championship on Tuesday.

      In the quarter-finals, Nazif Ahmed beat Murad Khan 6-4, 6-3 and Malik Hamza smashed Ibrahim Iltifat 6-0, 6-1. Earlier, in the first round, Hasnain Haider defeated Wania Khan 6-2, 6-1.