RIK Muller of the Netherlands scored an upset victory over top seed Saud Al Haqbani yesterday in the First Shine Bahrain Super Series ITF Junior Tennis Championship at Bahrain Tennis Federation premises in Isa Town.
Rik, ranked No. 8, stunned Saud 6-4, 7-5 to book a berth in the final against second seed Mathew Rutter of the UK.
Mathew knocked out Omani Abdullah Al Barwani 6-3, 6-3.
Earlier in the quarter-finals, Abdullah beat Alexandre Ver Hulst of France 7-6, 7-6 while Saud got the better of Christopher Fok Kow of Mauritius 6-4, 6-1.
In the other quarter-finals, Rik beat India’s Eshaan Lumba 6-3, 6-1 while Matthew knocked out Victor Paganetti of France 6-3, 6-0.
In the women’s semi-final, top-ranked Charlotte Russel of the UK continued her strong run beating Anna Panchartek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3.
In the other semi-final, Nina Danisova of Slovakia meets Lou Baudoin of France.
In the men’s doubles final, Al Qahbani and Al Barwani beat Alexandre De Villepin of France and Archie Graham of the UK 7-5, 6-2.
In the women’s doubles final, the French pair of Lou Baudouin and Lea Rebreyend routed Indian Hrudaya Shah and Turkish Tuana Tinaztepe 6-1, 6-1.
“I’m very happy the way I played in the semi-finals. It was a tough game, but I gave my all. I now need some breathing space to think about the final,” a happy Russel said after the match.
Over 80 players representing 30 countries from all over the world are featuring in the event held under the supervision of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).