Playing the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific is a matter of pride for every participant who qualifies for it, but the fifth edition of the Championship will be even more special for Vanessa Richani and Nada Mir.
There’s a good reason for that. Richani and Mir are flying the flags of Lebanon and Qatar respectively for the first time ever in the premier regional championship.
Richani, 22, is originally from Beirut and now a resident of Long Beach in California. The 23-year-old Mir’s parents are from Pakistan, but she was born and brought up in Doha.
“It’s an honor to be here and to be the first one for Lebanon. I don't know how to put it into words. I’m like speechless. But yeah, I’m just looking forward to this week. I want to stay patient and see what I can do this week against such a great field,” said Richani, who has her dad and first coach Acram with her this week.
Proud moment for Mir
Mir, who qualified for the WAAP following her historic gold medal-winning performance in the Pan Arab Championship in Tunisia (another first for Qatar) last year, added: “I am super excited to be here. I mean, for the first time, I’m playing with girls who will probably turn pro and we’re going to see them on TV in the future.
“And I am very happy to be here especially for Qatar, because we have never qualified for WAAP before. So, for me to be able to do that for the country that has done so much for me. I’m just very proud of myself, and my parents and brothers are very proud of me.”