KARACHI: Pakistan's 11-years-old Mahnoor Ali made headlines when she was crowned champion of the 18th Penang Junior Open 2022 in Malaysia.
Hailing from Peshawar but residing in Karachi, Mahnoor spoke to GeoSuper.tv after winning the prestigious accolade at such a young age.
"It's an exceptional feeling, to be honest. I still can't believe it," the young player shared. "It was a tough competition as I faced some really tough opponents. But, my focus was to win the trophy," confident Mahnoor recalled.
The tweenager beat Malaysia's Avantikashrii Seenivasagam by 3-0 in the final to get her hands on the glittering trophy. The one-sided competition saw Mahnoor winning three straight sets by 11-4, 11-1, and 11-3.
The young Mahnoor said the trophy-receiving moment was emotional for her. "It was my first time, winning an international event and receiving the trophy," she shared.
"I won't lie, I was a little bit emotional but happy too because of the trophy. It's just a start. I want to achieve more for Pakistan. Maybe a world junior championship anytime soon. I am really looking forward to more opportunities," she said.
Mahnoor credited her coach Amir and her father for being an inspiration. "My coach sir Amir and my father worked really hard with me. Without them, it wasn't possible. I am extremely thankful to my coaches and family for supporting me," she concluded.