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Rising national tennis star, Naba Nishan

Rabeeha Amir
14 November 2022, MVT 12:14
Naba Nishan
Rabeeha Amir
14 November 2022, MVT 12:14

In the national tennis tournament, 12-year-old Naba Nishan has earned the champion title in three significant categories. For Women's Open Singles, Women's Open Doubles, and Junior Singles, she competed and claimed the champion title.

She defeated Nayara Usama Ali in the finals to win the women's singles champion. She competed against Aishath Yumnu Niyaz and Mishal Mohamed with Layaan Mohamed Shamin to secure the women's doubles champions. She won the junior singles championship by defeating Aisha Zoya Ali Suzain.

Naba, who has been practicing in Bangalore, India since December of last year, came to the Maldives to take part in this competition and another international competition. She previously triumphed in a global competition, and she hopes to do it again.

Naba's mother, Dr. Nazma Hameed, stated that at the last event, Naba was the only Maldivian to win a trophy; but, this time, the hope is for other Maldivians to win alongside Naba.

Naba won the Under-14 All India Tennis Association tournament in Bangalore last May. In addition to players from Bangalore, players from other cities in Karnataka and five other states of India competed in the tournament.

Naba had also won three out of four junior international tournaments held in Sri-Lanka. Naba who won the Maldives Sports Award that was held in March said that her long term target is to play in a Tennis Grand Slam Tournament. Her other targets according to her father Dr Ahmed Nishan, include to win a medal in the Indian Ocean Island Games and South Asian Games.

Naba, who is undergoing a one-year training program at one of India's largest academies. The academy is set up in Bangalore by former world number one badminton player Prakash Padukone and the world's former best batsman, Rahul Dravid.

Dr Nazma, who had held a senior gynecologist position in ADK hospital, moved to Bangalore to support her daughter in her training. Naba undergoes five hours of training per day, three hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. Naba currently has her schooling online.

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