The quest of Pakistanis to heed joyful news after facing worst ever tragedy of history like Air Blue crash, devastating floods, Sialkot massacre and Cricket corruption scandal ends just before Eid. Pakistan’s sensational Tennis star, Aisam ul Haq Qureshi has added another feather to his cap by qualifying for the Finals of Mixed Doubles of US Open 2010 becoming the first Pakistani ever to reach such a level of any Grand Slam event.
In US Open Tennis 2010, Aisam has paired with the Czech tennis player Kveta Peschke in Mixed Doubles and the duo has recorded a win over Gisela Dulko from Argentina and Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay, promoting them to the semi finals. Later, they defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Mark Knowles of Bahamas, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), in the semi finals to reach for the Mixed Doubles finals of US Open.
While his partner in Men’s doubles in the same tournament is Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna. Aisam and Bopanna popularly known as “Indo Pak Express” had a blast so far this year as a duo. They are being ranked 15th in curent ATP rankings and had the honor to reach their first ever Grand Slam quarterfinals earlier this year in Wimbledon 2010. The Indo-Pak duo seeded 16th beat Dick Norman and Wesley Moodie in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 to reach Semi Finals of Men’s Doubles.
Cricket is by far the favorite sport of Paksitani fans and Tennis is not as much popular but it does grab attention and make us proud when Aisam bring laurels for his country. His fame and achievements were the reason that popular brand and ad world giant, Pepsi considered him to feature in its advertisement along with heartthrob cricketers this year.
Nowadays, there is a disappointment and anguish among the cricketing fans over the spot fixing scandal that they do not want to talk about cricket anymore. Probably the best time for tennis and that is why the news of Aisam ul haq reaching final round of a grand slam brings absolute joy and hope among the fans that he will win the title as well. Let’s see if tennis could be the new cricket for the country 🙂
All the prayers and best wishes for Aisam ul Haq, Bopanna and Kveta Peschke for the upcoming matches. Hope that they could win the title as well.