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Jahan Bairamova and Igor Barzasekov from Ashgabad took gold and bronze respectively at the Kazakhmyz Open, an international youth tournament in Almaty.
TURKMENISTAN — Tennis players Jahan Bairamova and Igor Barzasekov from Ashgabad won medals at the Kazakhmyz Open, an international youth tournament held from Aug. 10 to 16 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
On her way to winning the women’s title, Bairamova beat the favourite from Kazakhstan, Milana Imamniyazova, 6-0 6-0 in the semi-final. She also won a fairly comfortable victory over second seed Alisa Selivenko from Kazakhstan, conceding just one set.
In the men’s competition, Igor Barzasekov’s quarter-final match against Kazakhstan’s Daniil Mishenko was interrupted by rain. He won a hard-fought victory the next day, clinching the last set 10-8. Just one hour after this three-hour marathon, Igor took to the court again in the semi-final match, which he lost 2-6, 6-2, 4-6 to second-seeded Abduwali Abdurahmanov of Kazakhstan, winding up with a bronze medal.
At a press conference held at the conclusion of the tournament, Bairamova and Barzasekov were invited by the Sixth Sense, a Belgian tennis academy, to take part in an international competition in Belgium.
Following brief visits home, the successful young Turkmen tennis players and their mentors, coaches Olga Babayan and veteran Nelli Voynich, flew to Germany to participate in two prestigious European tournaments to be held at the end of this month.