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Bilal, Sami reach 18&U final of 35th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis

Web Desk 11:49 PM | 9 Dec, 2022
Bilal, Sami reach 18&U final of 35th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis

Top seed Bilal Asim (SICAS) and Sami Zeb Khan reached the 18&Under final in the 35th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships 2022 that is in progress at PTF-SDA Tennis Complex, Islamabad.  

In the second semifinal, top seed Bilal Asim struggled hard to win his encounter against 5th seed Ahmad Nael Qureshi. In the first set, the score reached 5-5 games all, Bilal managed to break 11th game of Qureshi to build up the lead 6-5 and won the 1st set at 7-5 by holding his serve. In the 2nd set, Qureshi changed the pace and played aggressively to win the set comfortably at 6-1, and leveled the match 1-1 set all. 

In the final set, both the players played excellent tennis, but Bilal Asim by breaking the 2nd and 4th games of Qureshi, built-up a lead 5-2, and finished the match by holding the 9th game at 6-3 and qualified for the final of Junior 18&Under. Bilal Asim is a student of renowned coach Rashid Malik and training hard under his coach and mentor, which is yielding fruit in shape of national titles for him one after another. Bilal thanked his coach Rashid Malik and hoped that under his guidance, he is looking forward to further excel at national and international level.  

The best encounter of the day was played between Sami Zeb Khan and M Talha Khan in the Junior 18&Under category. Third seed Sami Zeb struggled hard to win his match against talented upcoming youngster M Talha of Islamabad. In the first set, Talha built up the winning lead 5-1 by breaking the 4th and 6th games of Sami. At this stage, Sami changed the pace of game and reduced the winning lead of Talha by breaking the 9th game, and by holding the 10th game, the score reached at 5-5 games all. The set was decided in the tie break, which was won by Sami 14-12.  

The second set was again marked in the same style and both the players demonstrated high standard of game of tennis which lasted in favour of Talha and the match was level at 1-1 set all. In the final set, Sami again changed the pace and strategy of the game plan, and managed to break the 8th game of Talha to build up the winning lead 5-3 and kept the same pressure in the 9th game by hitting some excellent cross-court shots and won the match and set at 6-3, and qualified for the final. The match lasted 2 hrs 30 minutes. 

Top seed Aqeel Khan and 2nd Seed Muhammad Shoaib will vie for the top honor in the Men’s Singles final of 35th Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championships, after winning their respective semifinals against Muzammil Murtaza 2-1 and Mudassar Murtaza 2-0. The final will be played tomorrow at 2:00 PM. 

In the first semifinal, top seed Aqeel Khan was in fine touch but faced tough resistance from Muzammil Murtaza. In this match, Aqeel and Muzammil played high-caliber and remarkable tennis and excellent forehand and backhand drives were witnessed. In the first set, Muzammil’s ground strokes were prefect in rhythm and he was flawless from the net and outpaced Aqeel to win the first set at 6-4.  

In the second set, Aqeel bounced back aggressively and gained his strength utilizing his wide experience and levelled the match 1-1 set all. In the decisive set, Aqeel kept the same pressure and won set and match at score of 6-3 by breaking second game of Muzammil and qualified for the final of the men’s singles. The match lasted 2 hrs 16 minutes. 

In the second semifinal, 21-year-old Muhammad Shoaib outclassed 6th seed Mudassar Murtaza by playing excellent game of tennis in straight-set win 6-4, 6-2.  

In the ladies singles semifinals, Sarah Mahboob beat Amna Qayyum 6-0, 6-0 and Wapda’s Noor Malik outplayed Esha Jawad. In the men’s doubles semifinals, Muzammil Murtaza/Mudassar Murtaza beat Muhammad Shoaib/Barkatullah 1-6, 6-3, 10-2 while Heera Ashiq/Yousaf Khalil beat M Talha Khan/M Huzaifa Khan 6-4, 6-1.  

In the boys/girls 12&Under singles semifinals, Abdur Rehman beat Muhammad Shakib 4-1, 4-2 while Haziq Arejo beat Hajra Suhail 4-1 4-1. Mr. Tariq Mehmood Murtaza Chairman Rawalpindi Development Authority and President Islamabad Tennis Association will grace the occasion on men’s singles final on Saturday at 2:00 PM and will distribute the prizes amongst the winners and runners-up.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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