Top seed Aqeel Khan was given a stern competition by Mudassir Murtaza as Aqeel won the closely fought contest by 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 reaching the semi-finals of the Sapphire National Open Tennis Championship at the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association courts.
Mudassir's brother Muzammil made it to semis with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Yousaf Khalil, Shoaib Khan thumped experienced Heera Ashiq by 6-2, 7-5 while Huzaifa Abdul Rehman thrashed Mohamamad Abid 6-3, 7-5.
Boys' U-16 singles (last-16): Bilal Asim beat Taimoor Khan 6-1, 6-0; Kamran Khan beat Kashan Tariq 6-3, 6-3, Uzair Khan beat Abdur Rehman Pirzada 6-1, 6-1, Shehryar Anees beat Shahsawar Khan 6-3, 6-2; HaiderAli Rizwan beat Yafaat Nadim 6-0, 6-4, Asad Zaman beat Abdullah Pirzada 6-0, 6-1.
Boys' U-14 singles (quarter-finals): Asad Zaman beat Shahsawar Khan 6-1, 6-2, Husnain Ali Rizwan beat M Ibrahim Ashraf 6-4, 6-3, Hamza Roman beat Hamza Ali Rizwan 6-2, 6-1, Shehryar Anees beat Abdul Basit 6-1,6-3.
Girls’ U-14 singles (quarter-finals): Amna Ali Qayyum beat Noori Saad 4-0, 4-1, Zara Khan beat Lalarukh 4-2, 5-3, Mahrukh beat Zainab Imran 4-1, 4-2.