The Saudi Arabian Professional Squash Association (PSA) is hosting its first Women’s Squash Masters tournament in Riyadh on Sunday.
The tournament will include 32 international players, including Nada Abo al-Naja, Saudi’s wildcard player.
Nada will be the first and only Saudi national participating in the event, and is set to play against number two seed, French player Camille Serme.
The winner will play against Nicol David, eight-time World Champion, in the quarter finals.
Ziad Al-Turki, Chairman of the PSA World Tour happening in Saudi Arabia congratulated Abo al-Naja for being chosen as the wild card player and for being the first female to represent Saudi Arabia in the tournament.
Congratulations to Nada Aboalnaga for being chosen as the Saudi Wildcard. 1st Saudi Female to join the #psaworldtour— Ziad Al-Turki (@zalturki) December 31, 2017
World ranked squash player, Sarah-Jane Perry, expressed her excitement through her Twitter account for being part of the first female PSA tournament in the kingdom.
Proud to be a part of this. It was amazing to be hosted by Princess Reema tonight and hear how truly passionate she is about sport in Saudi. Thanks to @zalturki for persisting in making your dream a reality and facilitating us to live ours #groundbreaking @WomenSportTrust https://t.co/XuuCUzPiJ7— Sarah-Jane Perry (@SJPerry15) January 6, 2018
The tournament will be headed up by the Egyptian World Championship runner-up, Nour El Sherbini.
During the official tournament dinner hosted by Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud, President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, Al-Turki, said: “Things are changing in Saudi, and they are changing fast.
“Win or lose, you are making history,” he added.
The winner will receive a $165,000 prize.