On a dramatic day of major upsets, boys’ second seed Garv Bahl of India and girls’ top seed Nina Danisova of Slovakia were sent crashing out of the 11th Bahrain ITF Juniors Tennis Championship 2019 at Bahrain Tennis Club in Juffair.
Meanwhile, British and Egyptian teenagers emerged as the giant-killers as they humbled higher rated players to book places in the singles semi-finals.
The biggest winner of the day was Egyptian qualifier Jermine Sherif.
The 14-year-old Jermine, who made it to the main draw through the qualifiers, proved too hot for the defending champion Nina.
Ranked a lowly 3,025, Jermine produced her best tennis, pounding winners at will while taming Nina, ranked a respectable 393, a massive 2,632 places above her opponent, in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Jermine next takes on Issey Purser of Great Britain in today’s semi-final. Issey, ranked 2,549, tamed fourth seed Haqar Ramadan (ranked 844) of Egypt 6-0, 6-3.
In the other semi-final, Eygptian qualifier Atia Mariam takes on second seed Stefania Bojica of Romania.
In the quarter-finals, Atia continued her inspiring run beating third seeded Rosaleen Alioussef of Russia 6-2, 6-3 while Stefania proved too good for Olivia Rook 6-2, 6-2.
Archie Graham of Great Britain, ranked 1,582 and seeded eighth, was the hero of the day in the boys’ section beating second seed Garv, ranked 879, 6-0, 6-4 to book a berth in the semi-final against fourth seeded Mark Endler of Germany, who saw off the challenge of seventh seeded Luca-Daniel Constantin of Romania 6-4, 6-3.
In the other all-Britain semi-final, fifth seeded Alexander Jones Knox clashes with qualifier Daniel Abernethy.
Alexander had to dig deep to tame a battling Felipe Mikkelsen of Denmark in a three set thriller 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5) while Daniel saw off compatriot Oliver Richards 6-0, 7-6(6).
Issey, Alexander and Archie and Mark are in line for a grand double qualifying for the doubles finals.
Issey and Indian partner Rhea Singh barged into the girls’ doubles title match where they will meet the British pair of Aryana Bartlett and Olivia Rook.
Alexander and Archie made it to boys’ doubles final where they will face Mark and his French teammate Pablo Trochu.
The singles semi-finals commences at 9am today followed by the doubles finals at 3pm. All are welcome to attend. Entrance to BTC is free of charge.
The championship is being held under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa and organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, the Bahrain Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
It is being supported by Bahrain National Gas Company, Bapco and Ebrahim K Kanoo.
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Boys singles (quarter-finals): 4-Mark Owen Endler (GER) bt 7-Luca-Daniel Constantin (ROU) 6-4, 6-3; 5-Alexander Knox Jones (GBR) bt Felipe Mikkelsen (DEN) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5); 8-Archie Graham (GBR) bt 2-Garv Bahl (IND) 6-0, 6-4; Daniel Abernethy (GBR) bt Oliver Richards (GBR) 6-0, 7-6 (6).
Girls singles (quarter-finals): 2-Stefania Bojica (ROU) bt Olivia Rook (GBR) 6-2, 6-2; Jermine Sherif (EGY) bt 1-Nina Danisova (SVK) 6-3, 6-2; Mariam Atia (EGY) bt 3-Rosaleen Alioussef (RUS) 6-2, 6-3; Issey Purser (GBR) bt 4-Hagar Ramadan (EGY) 6-0, 6-3.
Boys doubles (semi-finals): 1-M O Endler (GER)/P Trochu (FRA) bt 4-V Bhagtani (IND)/R Jaideep (IND) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8; 3-A Graham (GBR)/A K Jones (GBR) bt D Abernethy (GBR)/M Fuschillo (GBR) 6-0, 6-4.
Girls doubles (semi-finals): A Bartlett (GBR)/O Rook (GBR) bt 4-A Lajos (HUN)/L Mosimann (SUI) 6-3, 6-2; I Purser (GBR)/R Singh (IND) bt S M Masand (IND)/H Shah (IND) 6-4, 6-2.