Friday, September 10, 2010

AISAM-UL-HAQ QURESHI - Lost and Still a Winner

Playing two finals in the US Open is a greater achievement than losing one to the World No.1 pair.

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (DDQ), along with his Czech parter Kveta Peschke, lost first of his two Finals in the US Open to the world's No.1 pair last night.

To my chagrin, most of the private television channels back in Pakistan termed it as his defeat.  They were all wrong.  He lost the game but surfaced as a winner for his countrymen, for he is the first ever Pakistani to achieve such a landmark of his career.

He is not only the first Pakistani but also the first Asian ever to play double finals of doubles matches in one of the most prestigious tournament.

I call him a winner even after losing the match because the winner Bob Brian announced half of his prize money to donate to flood-victims of Pakistan and certainly he did so because of Aisam-ul-Haq.

The Lahori boy gave his countrymen moments of joy and hope in these hard times after the devastating floods and amidst lamentable cricket match fixing scandal.

We hope he, along with his partner Rohan Bhopanna, will be playing much better against the Brian borthers tomorrow and bring home the winning trophy.

Best wishes to both of them.

Saalik Siddikki

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