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Woman tennis player breaking taboos in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tennis player

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tennis player Oreen Jasia, the champion of Captain Shaheed Roohullah Khan Tennis Championship, believes that women need to be highlighted.

The Tennis player has a lot to say about the women who can earn the name of the country in games. While talking to the media, she said that this tournament, which featured 28 women players from Peshawar, is a step in the right direction towards the empowerment of women.

Oreen, the winner who won the final of the event against Anum Fayyaz 6-2 while she defeated Urooj Fatima 7-6, 6-1 in the semi-final, while had outplayed Hareem Fatima 6-2,6-3 to reach the final. Oreen who had also participated in Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Tournament, says that there should be more Tennis tournaments, especially in Peshawar.

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She comments, “I have been yearning to have this tournament for more than a year and a half. But it took such a long time because of the lack of funding and zero sponsors till Director General Sports K-P Asfanyar Khan Khattak stepped in. He has been very supportive of the athletes and when we talked about women’s tennis, he got on board with the idea of holding this event, I am very grateful to him, all the players are.”

The big event of the tournament was attended by the member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as Chief Guest, Siraj Anwar, the vice-President of the Tennis Association, and the brother and family members of Captain Roohullah also attended.

Oreen became tennis player at the age of 14 years and now she is determined to bring a big change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all over the country in tennis.

She spoke more and said, “There are women and this is an all-girl event. In the last two years, K-P tennis has improved because of the support from DG Sports but women’s tennis requires more tournaments. More girls are coming up and this tournament was meant to motivate more women, especially in a society that is very restrictive and people criticize women for playing sports.”

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