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Oman's tennis star Fatma launches China campaign with doubles win


Omani tennis star Fatma Al Nabhani in action during the ITF Pro Circuit in Tianjin, China. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Omani star Fatma Al Nabhani began her tour of China with a first round victory in the doubles competition of the ITF Pro Circuit $25,000 Tianjin tournament on Tuesday.

According to information received here, the Omani lass partnering with India's Ankita Raina recorded a 6-2, 6-3 straight sets victory over Chinese pair of Siyu Chen and Xu Liusun.

In the second round, Indo-Oman duo will take on Jessica Moore of Australia and Aleksandrina Naydenova of Bulgaria.

Moore and Naydenova advanced to second round with a 6-3, 3-6 (10-2) win over Poland's Justyna Jegiolka and Kazakhstan's Kamila Kerimbayeva.

Fatma will begin her singles campaign against fourth seeded Kamila. During her stay in China, Fatma is also scheduled to take part in another $25,000 Zhengzhou tournament, which will be organised from May 26 to June 1.

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Hearty congrats to the ladies who have made their country proud.. . They are real achievers to write new chapters on the books of women achievements. They are an inspiration to all women in Oman who wish to take up sports in their career. Also a huge round of applause to the families of these two girls for supporting and being with them throughout. RESPECT!!!.. Probably Times of Oman should encourage this by doing a full fledged interview of these ladies and their parents.. That would help inspire many..