Haniya Minhas, Pakistan’s 12-year-old wonderful tennis player, has achieved marvelous triumph in the Girl’s 12 and under singles, doubles and Mixed doubles at the recently concluded Little Mo Internationals in New York.
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Haniya Minhas is a rising tennis girl from Pakistan. She began her tennis journey at the age of 3 and immediately experienced passionate feelings for the game. Young tennis sensation, Haniya belongs from Karachi. Her desire is to be the most incredible player in the world and to win the first grand slam for Pakistan. She was ranked in the top three of Asian Tennis Sports earlier this year.
In the Girl’s singles, Haniya defeated Juliana Castellanos Trujillo in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. She then teamed up with Juliana for the Girl’s 12 doubles, where they beat Nella Glowacka and Janita Files with score of 8-3 in the final. Thomas O’Neill and Haniya teamed up for the Mixed doubles defeating Ishaan Yadlapalli and Elizabeth Sabaev with score of 8-5 in the final.
“These trophies mean a lot and I want to continue playing to the best of my abilities,” said Haniya.
The “Little Mo” Tournaments are significant launching tournaments for rising stars. Little Mo is named after Maureen Connolly, the victor of nine significant singles titles and the first woman in the world to win a Grand Slam. She is also the only player in history to win a title without losing a set at all four major championships and was a leading player in her time.
Communicating his joy at this accomplishment, Abdul Razak Dawood, pioneer behind the BARD Foundation, which has supported Haniya since she was nine years of age, said, “Haniya’s enthusiasm, passion, and discipline will one day make her a world-class tennis player. I’m delighted at this young talent. Pakistan has a star in the making.”
Bilquis and Abdul Razak Dawood (BARD) Foundation is currently sponsoring Haniya’s training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA. The Foundation’s main goal is supporting the growth of talented youth of Pakistan, in any kind of venture, allowing them to achieve their dreams and desires and making some meaningful difference.
Haniya has won a total of 8 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze in eight months, making her the highest-ranked tennis player from Pakistan in the Asian Tennis Championships, in the 14 years and under-age category, for both boys and girls. In 2021, Haniya also won a Bronze at the IMG Future-Stars in Greece.