SRINAGAR OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP 2021: Moazam, Inayat to clash for championship
Srinagar: Moazzam Rashid will face Inayat Jehangir for the Srinagar Open Tennis Championship title in the singles and in doubles event to be played today at Gindun Sports Complex at Rajbagh here.
Inayat defeated Asif Nowsheri in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 as both the players waited at the baseline, playing it deep in an attempt to leverage any errors from the opponent.
In the end, the 46-year-old veteran outran Asif on fitness to storm into the finals.
In the second semifinal, Moazam and Haider Hussain played some exhilarating tennis which saw Moazam winning the game by 6-3, 6-1 to set up a repeat title clash against Inayat. The 28-year-old had won the title last year.
The single’s semifinals were officiated by Kulwant Singh, deputed to the tournament be All India Tennis Association at the request of Jammu and Kashmir Lawn Tennis Association.
Earlier in the day, Inayat paired with Tufail Bhat to defeat local favorites Danish and Wahab in straight sets of 6-3, 6-1.
Inayat-Tufail, who recently joined hands and were not expected to progress to knock out stages, dominated the match right from the word go.
In the second semifinal, Moazam and Haider joined hands to defeat Jamil Mir and Tahafuz Ilahi 6-2, 6-3. Moazam and Haider are the defending champions in the doubles event.
Sixty round robin matches were played in both singles and doubles events with two top teams qualifying for the knock out stages.