MARK Owen Endler and Issey Purser’s winning run in Bahrain came to a sudden and sad end as both bowed out yesterday in the second round of the Second Shine Bahrain Super Series ITF Juniors Tournament.
The fourth-seeded German Mark and unseeded Issey of Great Britain won the boys and girls singles titles respectively at the Bahrain Tennis Club in Juffair last week in the 11th Bahrain ITF Juniors Championship.
But that joy was shattered yesterday at the Bahrain Tennis Federation courts in Isa Town as Mark, who in fact claimed a doubles title as well, fell to unseeded Daniel Abernethy of Great Britain 7-6(4), 6-3, while Issey’s giant-killing run came to a halt at the hands of top-seeded Hagar Ramadan of Egypt.
But the 18-year-old went out all guns blazing, winning the first set before going down in the next two 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Great Britain’s Olivia Rook, who won the doubles title last week, caused the only upset of the day stunning fifth-seeded Ananya Kothakota of the US 6-0, 6-2 to book a berth in today’s quarter-finals.
The only other seeded player remaining in the fray, India’s Rhea Singh, also progressed beating Yara Alhogbani of Saudi Arabia 7-5, 7-5.
In the boys section too, the remaining seeded players took their places in the quarter-finals.
But Tuesday’s hero, Pierre Antoine Tailleu, of France, who beat top seed Haktan Garayev of Azerbaijan 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 (retired), bit the dust going down to another unseeded player Great Britain’s Matteo Fuschillo (GBR) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Second-seeded Indian Garv Bahl led the way beating Loan Lestir of France 6-4, 7-5.
Garv is in contention for a double as he and his partner Nicolas Moser of Austria booked a berth in the doubles semi-finals with a fine 6-4, 4-6(10-5) victory over Tommy Harrison of Great Britain and Thailand’s Warit Wannawitchate.
Today’s matches start at 9am.
Boys singles (2nd round): Matteo Fuschillo (GBR) bt Pierre Antoine Tailleu (FRA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Tommy Harrison (GBR) bt Andrej Jovanovic (SRB)6-4 6-4; 3-Alexander Knox Jones (GBR) bt Warit Wannawitchate (THA) 6-3 6-0; 5-Pablo Trochu (FRA) bt Archie Turner (GBR) 6-2 6-3; 8-Archie Graham (GFR) bt Agriya Yadav (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Daniel Abernethy (GBR) bt 4-Mark Owen Endler (GER 7-6(4) 6-3; 6-Nicolas MOSER (AUT)bt Felipe Mikkelsen (DEN) 3-6 6-3 6-1; 2-Garv Bahl (IND) bt Loan Lestir (Fra) 6-4 7-5.
Girls singles (2nd round): 1-Hagar Ramadan (EGY) bt Issey Purser (GBR) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; 8-Rhea Singh (IND) bt Yara Alhogbani (KSA) 7-5, 7-5; Marian Atia (Egy) bt Renee Marie Acena (Phi) 7-5, 6-1; Olivia Rook (GBR) bt 5-Ananya Kothakota (US) 6-0, 6-2; Jermine Sherif (Egy) bt Aleina Elizabeth Alex (IND) 6-1, 6-0; Arabella Moen (GBR) bt Liz Badde (Lux) 6-3, 6-0; Jannah Elnemr (EGY) bt Alexandra Maksimova (Rus) 6-1, 6-1; Aryana Bartlett (GBR) bt Srihitha Jaligama (IND) 6-0, 6-2.
Boys doubles (quarter-finals): 4-Archie Graham and Alexander Knox Jones bt Darius Eftekhar and Loan Lestir 6-1, 6-3; Andrej Jovanovic and Felipe Mikkelsen bt Yigit Cengiz Binici and Pierre Antoine Tailleu 6-2, 6-3; Mark Owen Endler and Pablo Trochu bt Amitoj Singh Sachdeva and Agriya Yadav 6-2, 6-2.
Girls doubles (quarter-finals): Aryana Bartlett and Olivia Rook bt Caroline Fawzy and Hagar Ramadan 6-4, 6-1; Yara Hogbani and Alexandra Maksimova bt Andra Sutherland and Nina Vicic 6-4, 6-0; Mariam Atia and Jermine Sherif walkover Renee Marie Acena and Lia Mosimann; Ananya Kothakota and Hrudaya Shah bt Liz Badde and Arabella Moen 7-6(5), 2-6(10-8).