Pakistan: 05 December, 2022 – Pakistan’s 12-year-old tennis prodigy – Haniya Minhas has won bronze in the international tennis tournament, held in US. Haniya’s training and sports activities have been supported by the ‘Bilquis & Abdul Razak Dawood’ (BARD) Foundation, since she was only 9 years of age.
Haniya progressed through this prestigious tournament, by winning the 1st round. Her outstanding performance in the Quarter-Final match was 6-0, 6-4. Then she put up with an impressive competition against her opponent and ended up winning bronze at Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. Over 2000 players participated at Eddie Herr Junior Championship where Haniya Minhas secured remarkable place for Pakistan among 90 countries.
Haniya joined IMG for training on 22 August 2022 that was followed by a continuous series of remarkable successes at Little Mo International Championship in New York, USA, USTA National under 14 Tennis Championship in Florida, L5 Under 16 National Tennis Championship in the United States, Under 14 National Tennis Championships in Coral Springs, Florida and USTA Under 16 Girls National Championship Final in Florida, USA.
Expressing her delight on being the best player in two prestigious tournaments in the USA, Haniya stated that: “My current tour of the USA has been an exhilarating experience, as I have been able to train more professionally and out-perform all my worthy competitors, in my first tournament. My special gratitude goes to my country Pakistan that I represent from whole of my heart and BARD Foundation as they have supported my sporting endeavors for so many years.”
Mehreen Dawood – Pakistan’s leading philanthropist and founder of the BARD Foundation, paid a tribute to Haniya’s success, saying that: “Haniya is another international athlete emerging from Pakistan. I congratulate her for making such great achievement at a very young age. BARD Foundation remains committed to nurture Pakistani talents by enabling the youngsters who demonstrate exceptional passion to excel and create a soft image of Pakistan, globally. We hope that one day, this emerging star will make her way through her passionate goals and dreams.
The long-term vision and mission of the BARD Foundation is to support the development of talented, young Pakistanis, in any profession, sport, or other fields of endeavor. It sponsors the best performing youngsters, to fulfill their dreams and prove their mettle.