Pakistan’s rising tennis star, Abubakar Talha, clinched two titles at the 4th Qatar Asian Junior 14&U tournament concluded in Doha, Qatar on December 2, 2023.
Abubakar Talha, a standout student at FG Abid Majeed School Lahore Cantt, demonstrated his prowess by outclassing Kazakhstan’s Yunusbek Serikuly with a decisive score of 6-1, 6-1 in the boys singles 14&U final. Starting the match with authority, Abubakar dominated the court, allowing his opponent only a single point in the first set. The second set mirrored the first, showcasing Abubakar’s tennis skills as he claimed the singles title with a 6-1 victory.
Representing Pakistan Wapda and SA Gardens, Abubakar expressed his gratitude to Aisam-ul-Haq, Ace Tennis Academy, and Bard Foundation for their support during the successful two-week tour. Abubakar’s triumph not only brought glory to the young athletes but also raised the Pakistani flag high on the international stage.
In the boys’ doubles 14&U final, Pakistan’s dynamic duo, Abubakar Talha and Zohaib Afzal Malik, secured another title by defeating the India-Belarus pair of Darsh Khedekar and Vladislav Smirnov with an impressive score of 6-3, 6-0. Despite being 1-3 down in the first set, the Pakistani pair orchestrated a brilliant comeback, winning the first set 6-3 and then completely shutting out their opponents in the second set with a flawless 6-0, ultimately claiming the 14&U doubles trophy.
Zohaib Afzal Malik, representing SA Gardens and a distinguished student of LGS DHA Phase V, expressed his gratitude to Ace Tennis Academy and its head, Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, for the invaluable learnings gained from a recent Ace tennis camp. He also extended thanks to his coach, M Khalid, and trainer, M Arshad, for their support in achieving this remarkable feat. He expressed his hope to work harder and win more glories for his beloved country.