Owning the court

Rasheed Carey in action today.
Rasheed Carey in action today.

Unseeded Bahamian Rasheed Carey forced his way into the quarterfinals of the 2013 ITF/ Barbados International Junior Tennis tournament, when action continued today at the National Tennis Centre, Wildey.

Carey booked his place in the last eight of the boys’ under-18 division, with a comeback upset of No.5 seed Gerardo Cardenas of Mexico.

After dropping the first set, the aggressive Bahamian stormed back to defeat the Mexican 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. Carey won a series of testing rallies, as both players traded solid groundstrokes, and often held the big points with telling backhands down the line.

The 16-year-old Bahamian will oppose American Maximilano Colorado-Zavala in tomorrow’s quarter-finals after the American defeated David Sarkisov of Russia, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 today.

Two other Bahamians also booked places in the last eight, as No.6 seed Phillip Major defeated Colombian Jorge Vargas, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, and No.3 seed Christian Cargill, defeated Arthur Stefani of Brazil, 6-2, 6-2.

Number one seed, Robbie Riddout of England also advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alexey Aleshcev of Russia.

Semis showdown

In Girls’ under-18 doubles play, Barbadians Kiana Marshall and Cherise Slocombe were seeking to make it to the semi-finals in matches under lights tonight.

Slocombe, partnered by Anais Emelie of Martinique, was opposing Americans Priyanka and Dominique Vasile in one quarter-final match while Marshall, teaming with Morgan Bernabe of Martinique, was opposing Christiana Brigante (USA) and Julia D’Auvergne of St. Lucia.

On Tuesday night, Slocombe and Emelie advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 victory over Melena Lopez (Barbados) and Nicole Buena (Canada).

Yesterday most of the seeded players moved into the round of 16.

Number 4 seed among the under-18 girls, Trinidadian Breana Stampfli, advanced with a convincing 6-3 , 6-3 win over American Madison Harrison, while No.7 seed, American Elizabeth Sutherland, eliminated compatriot Racquel Lynn, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Sutherland was forced to fight off a determined opponent as Lynn pressured her with good serving and deep returns from both wings.

Unseeded Brazilian Luisa Stefani also advanced with a comeback 3-16, 7-6, 6-2 win over American Priyanka Sundhar.

Over at the Summerhayes Club, where some early round matches were played, No.6 seed Caroline Turner bowed out , as she was defeated by unseeded compatriot Jenna Friedel 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, while No.2 seed, Mira Ruder-Hook (USA) moved closer to a place in the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Georgina Axon of England.

Among the Under-18 boys, No.2 seed Oscar Janglin of Sweden crashed out as he was upset 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 by unseeded Russian David Sarkisov. Number six seed, Bahamian Philip Major, moved along without alarm as he stopped Andres Naranjo of Ecuador, 7-5, 6-4.

The tournament is being played in under-18 and under-14 divisions at the hard courts at Wildey and at Belleville as well as at the Barbados Yacht Club, Bay Street.

More than 100 players from 25 countries, along with coaching staff and supporters, are on the island this week for the 19th annual ITF/ Barbados tournament which is one of the biggest junior tournaments in the Caribbean.

The tournament is organised by the Barbados Tennis Association and players from Russia , England, Venezuela, the United States, Germany, Ecuador, Canada, Korea, Sweden, Italy, France , Mexico, Colombia, Brazil as well as the English, French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean are contesting the tournament. (BB)

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