RIYADH, May 4 – The promising Ashwin Kumar added another feather to his string of victories when he overpowered fighting Arsalan Khan in two hours and thirty minutes final to capture the first junior Nike tennis Challenge Cup at the hotel Intercontinental courts.
Winner of the last U-14 King Faisal school Open held in Diplomatic Quarters, the champion who has been trained at John Newcombe Academy, USA and Bhupati Village in Bangalore, India won the first set 6-4 after leading 5-1.
Again in the second, the victor shot into 5-0 lead but Arsalan who has an excellent forehand fought back nicely but Ashwin played wisely to emerge victorious with an identical margin. Earlier, in their march forward, he beat Wassim Rahal 6-2, 6-0 and Peter Horan 6-0, 6-0 while Arsalan down Ali Naamani 6-2, 6-3 and Hassan Ahmed 6-1, 6-1.
For the consolation plate honor, it was Aamer Javed who after a lengthy battle down Hassan Mougharbel 2-6, 6-3, 7-3 (tie break) to clinch the trophy here.
In the quarterfinals earlier, Aamer beat Hassan Sheabah 6-1, 6-2; Hasan set aside Ahmed Kalo 6-2, 6-0; Muhammed Naamani down Motassim Malek 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 and Omar Khan eliminated Ziad Al Jamaan 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals, Aamer stopped Naamani 6-2, 6-3 and Hasan outplayed Khan 6-2, 6-0.
The climax was witnessed by the chief guest Abdullah Al Dossary of Sports Ghornatah, the agent of Nike products in the Kingdom and the main sponsor of the event. The other co-supporters were Jarir Book Store, Avis Rent-A-Car, Pepsi and hotel Intercontinental.
The organizers and the technical committee which managed the show composed of Gunter Grigoliet, Mark Stanley, Tariq Javed, Muhammed Saeed, Khurshid Ahmed, Salman Khan and Abdul Karim Naamani.
In his winding speech, Stanley paid tribute to Nike for their contribution towards the game of tennis in the Kingdom in general and particularly to this first junior gala. He also aired words of thanks to the organizing, technical, umpire committees and specially Tariq Javed for their great support in making this gala end successfully.