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Pakistan Qualify for ITF U14 World Jr Finals After 27 Years

Pakistan U14 players made history as they booked their place in the World Group of the World Junior Tennis (WJT) Team Championship finals after an impressive run in Kuching, Malaysia, where they played the Asia/Oceania Qualifying Tournament.

The last time a team qualified for the world finals was in 1996. The players, including Hamza Roman, Abubakar Talha, and Amir Muhammad Khan Mazari, along with their captain, Davis Cuper, and Heerqa Ashiq, had stellar wins against Hong Kong in the semifinal and Australia in the quarterfinal, respectively.

Talha outplayed Wong Selyn Tsz Yuen 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal tie’s first singles rubber to take the lead, but Roman lost to Tam Sin Hang 6-1, 6-1, as the result stood at 1-1.

But, Talha and Roman ensured that they won the doubles match by defeating Fu Wang Choi and Hang 7-5 (5), 6-4.
They finished second in the group after outstanding victories against Iran and Indonesia and a defeat to Japan.

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