Ali Bin Rizwan

Ali Bin Rizwan

The author is a student at LUMS and is general sports fan and tennis enthusiast. He tweets @CounterPunccher (twitter.com/CounterPunccher)

Australian Open 2017: The legendary victory of a sport called tennis

I was one of those kids who would sit in class and wait for the home-time bell to ring, not because I didn’t like studying, but because my day would start when that bell would ring. Straight after school I would rush home for lunch and then cycle all the way to the squash courts, where I would play a few games with some friends. And then would go to the badminton courts to play there. Occasionally, I would go to the golf course and practice my Tee shot while waiting for my dad. Usually, I would spend the ...

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Will this year’s Australian Open bring a new champion to light?

After a good little off-season followed by a couple of preparatory tournaments, top tennis players from around the world boarded their flights to Melbourne, Australia for the first grand slam of the year. The 105th edition of the Australian Open is currently underway. As far as the men’s competition is concerned, we are standing in a very interesting time. There’s hardly much separating the top two, while Federer and Nadal have had their battles with injuries, they are out for another one. And then there are the likes of Nishikori, Raonic, Wawrinka and Dimitrov, who are capable of going ...

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Serena Williams vs Madison Brengle: Who will take the Australian Open title?

On Wednesday, when Serena Williams stepped on to the court in her second round match against Madison Brengle, few could have predicted the outcome. Their only meeting prior to this match took place in Madrid back in 2015, when Williams managed a convincing 6-0 6-1 win over her opponent. Williams ranked number two in the world, lost to Brengle, ranked 72 in three sets, leaving the Auckland crowd in a shock. Serena Williams of the US celebrates after defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their second round match at the US Open Championship tennis tournament ...

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Move over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, it’s Andy Murray’s time now

Twenty six years after stepping onto the tennis court for the first time, Andy Murray, achieved a feat that only 26 players have achieved in the past 40 years – the top spot in the tennis world, the number one ranking. Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top spot to the Scot. After his semis win over Milos Raonic, his first coach/mom immediately tweeted a photograph of the 29-year-old as a youngster along with the message, You've come a long way baby 1️⃣❤️ pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA — judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016 Reaching the finals of the Paris Masters had guaranteed the top ...

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Match-fixing in tennis: Et tu, Brute?

Just when Mohammad Amir was allowed to bowl for the first time after a lengthy ban of five years, another match-fixing controversy arose in the sports world. This time around it was in the world of tennis. The tennis world was ready for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne and most of the players were done with their first round of matches when BBC ran a shocking headline. BBC and BuzzFeed news have been investigating corruption cases in tennis for quite some time. Today they have claimed that they could expose widespread match-fixing cases against players in the ...

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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Wawrinka, who will bag the ATP final?

After around 60 tournaments in about 30 countries, the finest eight of the tennis world battle out the Barclays ATP Tour finals in London. The top eight are divided into two groups – Stan Smith and Ilie Nastase. The group names instead of Group A and Group B are added as a way of recognising and paying tribute to players who have done exceptionally well in the past. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tomáš Berdych and Kei Nishikori are put in Group Stan while Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer are put in Group Ilie. World number one, Djokovic comes to London with a bag full of wins. With victories in Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and New York, Djokovic came as a favourite. But he finds ...

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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis: On the go and ready for more

With the World number one crown already in their possession, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the all England Lawn Tennis Club for the Wimbledon 2015 title. Mirza had won the Junior Doubles Wimbledon title back in 2003 and now she was all set for another Wimbledon campaign. Hingis had first won this title back in 1996, and 20 years later, she was looking to repeat history. Photo: Reuters This was just their second Grand Slam as a team but in such a short span of time, the Indo-Swiss pair managed to do well enough to be a major contender for the title. Reaching the ...

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Big congratulations to Pakistan’s bahu, Sania Mirza

Twelve years after winning the junior Wimbledon doubles title, Sania Mirza, 28, became the first Indian woman to be ranked world number one  in women’s doubles tennis. Mirza’s career highlights include one Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles title, 14 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, 26 WTA doubles titles, four ITF doubles titles and three mixed-doubles grand slams. Photo: AFP Recently, Mirza paired with Swiss legend Martina Hingis, and won the Family Circle Cup. But above all, the win marked the fulfilment of a childhood dream for Mirza. From a talented junior tennis player to the world’s top ranked doubles player, the journey has ...

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#AustralianOpen: When the Rod Laver Arena turns into a pressure cooker, even for Federer

In the last couple of weeks, Pakistanis have been preoccupied by the petrol crisis and power shortages, and hence, only a few managed to notice the early exit of Roger Federer from the Australian Open. Federer lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in a closely fought four-set match, out of which two sets were tie-breakers. Let’s not scrutinise Federer’s loss too much as even the mightiest fall at times. Staying in the top three at the age of 33 is an achievement in itself. When Federer was broken to love in the first set, giving Seppi a 5-4 lead, it was clear something was ...

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Pakistan sports: Abundance of talent but lack of recognition

It was amazing how Pakistan beat India 2-1 in their Asian games fixture yesterday. If you see the last couple of months in light of the Indo-Pak rivalry, you would be proud to see how well Pakistan has done against India in pretty much all sports. Just last month, Pakistan beat India 2-0 in the final match of a friendly series. Though Pakistan lost the first match, we won the series on goal average. Last week, our domestic side, Lahore Lions, took on the two time CLT20 champions Mumbai Indians and surprisingly ended up beating them. And it’s not just these Indo-Pak clashes where we have done really ...

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