Sara, Saba, Ushna and Sara Bring Pakistan Women Tennis Back in the Game

Posted on January 28, 2011
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After a break of more than a decade the Pakistan Women’s Tennis team is now ready to participate in international team tennis. This news makes what has been a good couple of years for Pakistan tennis and in fact for women sports in Pakistan, even better.

The Fed cup is the premier team competition is womens’ tennis and it is the womens’ equivalent of the Davis Cup. It is refreshing news that Pakistan, a predominantly a cricket obsessed country will be sending its top tennis players to Fed Cup this year. The Pakistan tennis team comprises of Sara Mahboob, Saba Aziz, Ushna Suhail and Sara Mansoor. Mahboob and Mansoor hail from Islamabad whereas Saba Aziz and Ushna Suhail are both from Lahore. The four players have been dominating the national tennis scene for a number of years and each has won national titles.

It will be after more than a decade that Pakistan will again be represented at the elite competition. The change in heart follows the success of Aisam ul Haq in doubles, the recent election of a dynamic Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president (Syed Kaleem Imam), and the unwavering support for women’s tennis by Executive Committee Member PTF, Shahida Farooq,. The decision to field the national team in Fed Cup also highlight the generally increased public and government support for women’s sports in the country, be it athletics, football or cricket.

Although the lack of international exposure may be an obstacle for the national stars in Fed Cup, we salute these trail-blazers who are paving the way for the next generation of Pakistani sportswomen.

14 Comments on “Sara, Saba, Ushna and Sara Bring Pakistan Women Tennis Back in the Game”

  1. HarOON says:
    January 28th, 2011 9:07 am

    Good news. Best of luck girls. You are already winners!

  2. ASAD says:
    January 28th, 2011 9:34 am

    There seems to be a growth in women sport in Pakistan. A very good sign indeed.

  3. Bushra says:
    January 28th, 2011 9:44 am

    Best of luck to Sara, Saba, Ushna and Sara!

  4. Azra says:
    January 28th, 2011 9:48 am

    Such news, small as it is, give me more real hope than all the political statements put together.

  5. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy says:
    January 28th, 2011 3:25 pm

    You go girls! Despite having zero facilities in this country you have risen- As a former amateur tennis player, im so proud that you will represent the green and white in the upcoming cup! Shine on!

  6. fuzair says:
    January 28th, 2011 7:47 pm

    All kudos to the girls. But, sadly, within 10 years we’ll be back to Zia days if we’re lucky, real Islam if we’re not.

  7. Aziz says:
    January 28th, 2011 10:25 pm

    Good for Pakistan, good for Pakistani women, good for the world. I hope the trend continues and more women participate in sports. I know damm well that there are other women who can actually compete but don’t because of fear.

  8. Saira says:
    January 29th, 2011 2:07 am

    Way to go! If government can spend so much money on our men’s cricket team to get 6th position out 10, then why shouldn’t it invest some money on our most deserving sportswomen?

    Wishing the girls all the best.

  9. Ali says:
    January 29th, 2011 3:38 am

    Excellent. And best of luck to the Pakistan team.

  10. Sana says:
    January 29th, 2011 5:48 am

    All the best girls. We are proud of you.

  11. Hussain says:
    February 1st, 2011 3:20 am

    Great news…. and best of luck to Pakistan team

  12. Humaira says:
    February 2nd, 2011 10:07 pm

    Can someone give us a schedule of when the games will actually be played?

  13. Tennis fan says:
    February 4th, 2011 1:00 pm

    The results and the schedule is available from :–oceania/2011.aspx

    Pakistan won against Kyrgyzstan but lost to Indonesia (they have a former world top 15 player playing for them). Today, Pakistam will be playing Phillippines.

  14. October 16th, 2011 2:27 am

    good news guys , tennis is back, its my fav game!

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