Yara Alhogbani, a teen prodigy, has become the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in a professional tennis event.
Yara Alhogbani is the first Saudi woman to win a professional tennis event. The 17-year-old overcame Russian-born player Tamara Ermakova to win Bahrain’s J5 Isa Town event. The match was won by Yara Alhogbani in straight sets, 6-4 6-2. This was the pair’s second meeting.
Who is Yara Alhogbani
Yara Alhogbani is 17 years old and was born on November 16, 2004. She is rated 946th by the International Tennis Federation, with 22 victories and 21 defeats. Yara, 17, is from Ohio and was reared in Virginia, USA, where her family still lives, and they are her biggest supporters. “I am very glad that my parents enabled us to follow diverse hobbies and professional paths as I desired,” she said.
“My mum and dad both sacrificed so much to bring me to where I am now, and I take that with me on the rare days when I find it difficult to leap on the ground.” Yara has over 35k followers on Instagram.
Popular Asian Tennis Players
Former Chinese great Li Na is one of the most well-known players, having become the first Asian player to complete the Grand Slam and become world number one.
“What I have done for myself is beyond my wildest aspirations,” Na once said of her accomplishments. What I did for my country is one of my most proud accomplishments.” In 2019, Na was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which was a meaningful event for her.
Furthermore, Japan’s Naomi Osaka is regarded as a global superstar. Osaka has already won four major titles, the most recent being the Australian Open in 2021. By finishing higher than the now-retired Serena Williams, this 25-year-old was also the highest-paid female athlete in the world this year.
Aravane Rezai is perhaps one of the most well-known players in Western Asia. Rezai was born in France to Iranian parents and reared there, which is why she represented Iran. Rezai finished 15th in her career and won two gold medals in the Women’s Islamic Games.
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