2020 Western Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament
Sunday 23rd – Wednesday 26th February
Olympic Games places; success for Ali Alkhadrawi and Eleven year-old Hend Zaza book
Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi and Syria’s Hend Zaza won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the 2020 West Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday 26th February.
Success they now qualify to compete in the individual events at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Safely through the group stage of proceedings Ali Alkhadrawi beat Qatar’s Ahmad Al-Mohannadi (7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6), before emerging successful in hard fought seven games contest against Jordan’s Zaid Abo Yaman, an encounter in which a spirited recovery had to be combatted (11-4, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9).
A place in the final, in a rather less dramatic contest he overcame Lebanon’s Dauud Cheiab (11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8) to reserve his Tokyo place.
Goal achieved for Ali Alkhadrawi, in the women’s event it was the same for Syria’s Hend Zaha; likewise she experienced difficult times.
Similar to Ali Alkhadrawi, she had to resist a strong host nation challenge, she had to recover from a three games to nil deficit against Sewar Abuyaman (9-11, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6), prior to securing Tokyo place in a similarly hard fought contest.
Just as later Ali Alkhadrawi caused Lebanon heartache, Hend Fathy did the same; she accounted for Mariana Sahakian in further full distance contest (11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7).
Hend Zaha is only eleven year-old which set to be one of the youngest athletes competing at Tokyo 2020.
Note: Asia is organised in five regions: east, south, south east, middle, west. The regions of east, south, south east and middle will meet in Bangkok from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th April when they will compete as individual regions.
Thus overall five places in each of the men’s singles and women’s singles events for Asia will be decided; however, the continent is eligible for six places in each discipline. The one remaining place will be awarded to the highest listed runner up on the May 2020 Olympic Games men’s singles and women’s lists.
All pairs from all five regions will compete in Bangkok to decide the one mixed doubles place in Tokyo.