Saturday, January 20, 2018

Carey reaches ITF final again

RASHEED CAREY advanced to the under-18 final for the second week in succession when the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Circuit continued yesterday at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.

The second-seeded Bahamian will oppose No. 13 seed Miomir Kecmanovic when the two-leg circuit concludes from 9 a.m. today. Carey, who lost in the final of the opening stage of this two-leg circuit in Barbados last week, rebounded in tremendous fashion after dropping the opening set yesterday to dismiss 15th-seeded American Jakub Wojcik 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

And in the other semi-final, Kecmanovic, ranked 745th in the world in juniors, impressively upset Lucas Moreno, the fifth-seeded Chilean who had sent the top seed packing the day before in the quarter-finals, 6-3, 6-2. The Serbian will actually be going after two titles today as he and American Gui Gomez, seeded sixth, later edged third-seeded Mexicans Gerardo Cardenas and Jesus Suarez Rivas 6-0, 5-7, 10/7 in the doubles semis.

Carey, ranked 213th in the world in juniors, also attempted to reach the doubles title match, but he and Jason Legall, an American with local roots, were trounced 6-2, 6-1 by No. 2 seeds Alexey Aleshchev of Russia and Moreno. American Madison Bourguignon and Nandini Das were seeded to reach the girls’ final and they did so yesterday.

Bourguignon, the highest ranked player in the tournament at No. 125 in the world, was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over fourth-seeded Russian Vera Aleshcheva, while the 303-ranked Indian allowed Leonie Kung just one game in the other semi.

After failing to qualify the 13-year-old from Switzerland got into the main draw as a “lucky loser” and then beat three players, including the No. 8 and No. 3 seeds, before being overwhelmed yesterday.

Both singles finals will serve off at 9 a.m.