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Tennis: Morocco Grabs Billie Jean King Cup in Nairobi

The Moroccan women’s tennis team won the Billie Jean King Cup (Group III Africa) on Saturday in Nairobi, after winning the final 2-1 against Tunisia.

In singles, Aya El Aouni beat Feryel Ben Hassen 6-0 and 7-5, while Yasmine Kabbaj lost to Chiraz Bechri 6-4 and 6-4.

In doubles, the Moroccan pair Malak El Allami and Aya El Aouni sealed the victory for the national team by overcoming the Tunisian duo Feryel Ben Hassen and Chiraz Bechri 2 sets to 1 (7-6/6-3/6- 0).

By winning this tournament, the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup, the Moroccans ensured their qualification for the Europe/Africa Group II in 2024.

“Throughout the tournament, our young players have shown fighting spirit and strong concentration, not dropping any points since the defeat against Kenya in the opening match”, the captain of the Moroccan team Mehdi Ait Barhouch told MAP.

This feat is the culmination of long-term work by the Royal Moroccan Tennis Federation, which has made basic training one of its priorities, sparing no effort in supporting young Moroccan tenniswomen and tennis players, underlined the Moroccan coach, congratulating the Moroccan quartet on their efforts in this competition.

For their part, the Moroccan players expressed their joy after the victory, stating that they came to Kenya with the purpose to win the Cup despite the high altitude that complicated the task at the start of the tournament.

Indeed, after the defeat against the host team in the opening match, the Moroccan squad succeeded to grab 4 victories, against Uganda (3-0), Namibia (3-0), Nigeria (3-0) and Botswana (3-0), before defeating Tunisia in the final.

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