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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: Kuwait’s national tennis team player Sarah Behbehani defeated her compatriot Yasmine Al-Shamali by two sets (6-1, 6-2) to win the Women’s Winter Tennis Championship title. The championship was held on the courts of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah International Tennis Complex in conjunction with the Rafael Nadal Academy. It witnessed the participation of 48 players in the women’s and junior (Under- 18) categories. In the U-18 category, tennis player Tanishka Kanan won the first place, and Kavnei Raniara the second place.
The closing ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Tennis Federation and Kuwait Tennis Federation Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber, the British Ambassador to Kuwait Linda Lewis, and the Vice Chairman of the Women’s Committee at the Kuwait Tennis Federation Dalal Behbehani. Director of the Rafael Nadal Academy Martin Belgrayfar expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the hosting of the Winter Women’s Tennis Championship, affirming that the tournament was successful and distinguished by all standards, and many good female talents in the game of tennis were presented. Dalal Behbehani said, “The success that the tournament witnessed was the result of everyone’s cooperation. The technical levels of the tournament were high. We witnessed strong competition both in the women’s and in the junior levels. We will be keen to organize many women’s tournaments in the future”. The player Sarah Behbehani expressed her happiness about winning the championship, saying, “This victory is precious to me and will be a valuable addition to my sports career.” She indicated that the performance level of the players participating in the tournament was outstanding. By Suzan Nasser Al-Seyassah Staff