Sadaf Vaziri, Fares Al Janahi, Fahmi Alward, Akbar Taheri, Aziz Ahmed and Shaema Al Olfi
Vietnam achieved promotion to Division 1 for 2014 following a strong performance in the 2013 ITF Asia 14 & Under Development Championships – Division 2 which took place for the second straight year at the Phu Tho Tennis Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 14-25 January. Fifty-six participants from 13 nations participated in the championships which comprised two tournaments during the 12-day event.
Dac Tien Nguyen (VIE) proved unbeatable in the boys’ singles and doubles events, taking the titles at both singles tournaments and combining with Phouc Dang Le to secure the doubles. The spoils in the girls’ singles events were shared between Tiffany Linh Nguyen (VIE), who won the first tournament, and Sadaf Vaziri (IRI), who defeated teammate Shaema Al Olfi (YEM) to claim the second tournament.
Linh Nguyen also proved victorious in the girls’ doubles in the first tournament after she combined with compatriot Thu Phuong Nguyen to secure the title. There was an upset in the final of the second girls’ doubles tournament when No. 2 seeds Al Olfi and Vaziri scored an impressive win over the first seeds and first tournament winners Nguyen and Nguyen 36 75 [10-6].
Al Olfi and Vaziri were members of the West Asian team which was made up of players from Iran, UAE and Yemen. The Division 2 event and West Asian team is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), which provides players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition but for the team, the invaluable experience of travelling abroad under the guidance of an ITF coach.
ITF Development Officer for Asia, Suresh Menon, was impressed with the Ho Chi Minh City Tennis Association for successfully organising the event. Bangladesh coach Rokon Uddin Ahmed commented: “This is my second consecutive time at this event and I am extremely impressed with the way the organizers continue to improve the event at all levels. I look forward to coming back here again.”