Muscat, May 7
Oman under-12 girls tennis team claimed second place in the Continental Qualifiers for West Asia U12, which concluded on Friday in Iranian capital of Tehran.
The Oman girls team qualified along with the first-placed Iranian team to the finals of the West Asian Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Uzbekistan.
The Oman boys team finished fourth among wider participants from West Asia countries.
The Oman boys team started the competitions with a 2-1 victory over Bahrain team. In the second match, Oman lost to Iran 3-1.
Iran boys blanked Syria 2-0 to emerge champions in the qualifiers.
The Oman girls team lost the final match in the tournament against hosts Iran 3-0. The Oman girls team was represented by Talia al Busaidy, Arin al Azkoya and Salma al Riyami.
The Oman boys team was represented by Abdulrahman al Rahbi, Azzan al Busaidy and Moataz al Mazrouei.
The players of the girls and boys team presented a good level in the competitions in this tournament and reflected the extent of the teams development as Oman Tennis Association (OTA) expects to provide the best levels in the upcoming participation.
Talia al Busaidy, Oman girls team player, said: “We are happy with what we achieved in this participation, as it came after some time. We achieved a good result by obtaining second place and presented a good level, and we worked hard to reach the podium and to come out of this participation with honourable results, and we thank the OTA for the great support.”
Abdulrahman al Rahbi, Oman boys national team player, said: “The tournament was good and we strived to achieve an advanced position, but we did not succeed in that. The most important thing is that we came out with a good technical benefit from this participation, which we seek to be repeated during the coming period. Such tournaments and external participation develop the level of players and polish their skills.”
Sergei, Oman team coach, expressed his happiness with the results achieved. He indicated that the tournament has a good technical level and the Omani players put up a good performance, especially in the girls’ category. The players need similar tournaments in order to develop technical levels, and this participation comes within the OTA’s plan to improve the players capability.”