Morocco Open: Fatma al Nabhani triumphs

Morocco Open: Fatma al Nabhani triumphs
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Published November 19th, 2015 - 16:25 GMT via

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Fatma al Nabhani
Fatma al Nabhani

Oman's ace tennis player, Fatma al Nabhani, began her campaign in the US$10,000 Morocco Open in Casablanca on  an emphatic note. 

The top-seeded player from Muscat crushed her Italian opponent Marta Bellucco 6-0, 6-1 in their opening round encounter on the clay courts of the COC Tennis Club.

In her round-of-16 match, Fatma will contest against 17 year old Ukrainian challenger Kateryna Sliusar.

Fatma has been training in Morocco for the past two weeks as a build-up for the competition.

Elated with her convincing first-round triumph, Fatma told Muscat Daily from Casablanca, “It's been a positive start for me in this competition. I am seeded No 1 and I would naturally like to make my presence felt here and hopefully take the trophy.”

The Omani player pointed out that her main aim in the coming days is to improve her world ranking. She is currently ranked No 387 in the world in the ITF singles circuit; her career best ranking was No 362 in October 2010.

“I am focusing hard on winning events that come my way, so that I can push my ranking up,” she said. “The overall target is to break my overall best ranking that had come in 2010. Having begun my campaign here with a confident win against my Italian opponent, I am sure I will be able to achieve my goal soon.”

Fatma said that she would play in two more competitions in the coming weeks, which would keep her engaged in tournament play and give her a shot at lifting her ITF singles ranking.

As Fatma eyes a return to her peak in the WTA, ITF and ATP Pro Circuit, the Omani player has the statistics in singles events to back her. In 2015 action, she has notched up 40 wins against 11 defeats.

She won US$10,000 singles events in Manama, Heraklion, El Kantoui and twice in Hyderabad.

“Hopefully, I will be able to keep on performing well and secures some important victories in the coming days,” said Fatma.

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