About 35 tennis players under the age of 12 from Central Asia took part in the ITF Asia 12 & U Team Championships qualification round that ended yesterday in Ashgabat.
The tournament was organized by the Tennis Federation of Turkmenistan with the assistance of the ITF. The meetings were held at the courts of the multifunctional Ashgabat Stadium. Representatives of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan participated in the competition.
On the last day of the competition, Turkmen tennis players Imran Ahundov and Selim Perjikov won against Ahmad Nazari from Afghanistan - 6:1, 6:0 and Abdul Sherzai - 6:1, 6:3 in singles, and then won in a doubles match - 6:3, 6:3. In the women's category, Turkmen tennis players defeated the team of Kyrgyzstan - 3: 0. Meryem Muhammedova took up over Safina Khabibrakhmanova - 4:6, 7:5, 6:2, and Aisha Bikbulatova defeated Erika Ismailova - 6:0, the refusal. In the doubles match, the game did not take place due to the refusal of the Kyrgyz team, and as a result, Meryem Muhammedova and Mariya Atamyradova were credited with the victory.
Kazakhstan national team won the first place in the tournament among boys and girls, winning in all four matches. In second place is the team of Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan national team ranked third in the standings. The tournament participants in an interview with Turkmenportalu spoke about a very high level of organization, and the main referee of the competition, Saman Hassani Nafez, noted the good preparation of athletes from Turkmenistan.
Amir Borghei, a member of the ITF Tennis Development Committee in the Central and West Asia region, told our website: “The games are held every year in five regions of Asia, the best teams of which then play in the final. A total of five regional tournaments are held - in West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia. The best teams from five regions will meet in the final draw, which will be held in August of this year in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan). Two teams of boys and girls will play there from the zone of Central Asia, where tickets are being played at the current Ashgabat tournament".
Thus, only the national teams of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan qualified for the final tournament in Ashgabat.
The former 16th racket of the world, the most successful tennis player of Uzbekistan, the winner of numerous international tournaments, and now General Secretary of the National Tennis Federation Iroda Tulyaganova, became the guest of honor at the ITF Asia 12 & U Team Championships tournament.
On the last day of the tournament, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the tennis federations of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was signed in the conference hall of the Yyldyz Hotel. It was signed by the general secretaries of the national federations, Iroda Tulyaganova and Eziz Dovletov.