Tennis: 7th Bahrain ITF Championship first round results
16 year-old Mohamed Abdelaziz, who has a world ranking of 415 and is second-seeded in the tournament, managed an easy victory over unranked 18 year-old Bahraini Omar Qaed 6-1, 6-1.
Mohamed will face Fahad Al Janahi from the UAE in the second round of the tournament on Tuesday.
Egypt’s Adham Gaber, 15, also cruised to an easy victory over India’s Aditya Mori 6-0, 6-0.
The 15-year-old right-handed player will face Ali Dawani from Bahrain, whom he defeated last week in a tournament in Kuwait.
Egypt’s third victory of the night saw Seif Shawky eliminate Bahrain’s Elyas Abdulnabi in a tough match.
Seif lost the first set 5-7 but quickly flipped the tables over his opponent by claiming the second and third set by 6-0, 6-1.
Seif’s win means he will face Patricio Nieto of Mexico in the second round.
16-year-old Adham Hesham Gabr also managed to defeat India’s Rahul Jaideep by 6-1, 6-2.
Adham’s win sees him qualify to meet Eleftherios Neos of Cyprus.
Egypt’s last win of the night in the boy’s singles saw Yousif Khamis defeat Abdulla Ahli from UAE with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
Egypt’s only loss of the boy’s singles came when fifth seeded, Karim Abdel Raouf, world no.675 fell to a surprise defeat against unranked Saudi Arabian player Abdelaziz Al Bayouk.
The girl’s singles also saw Egypt fall to defeat only once.
Second-seeded, 17 year-old Ahlam Shawkat, who has a world ranking of 514 earned a direct bye into the second round since there weren’t enough participants to fill the draw.
Sixth-seeded Nancy Fawzy, ranked 785 in the world, also qualified to the second round after overcoming Nasha Ghajar from Lebanon 6-1, 6-2.
Sara El Ghazouly also managed to qualify after her opponent Gaelle Bou Abdo from Lebanon retired in the third set with Sara leading 5-7, 6-1, and 5-0.
Egypt’s last participant of the night, Bdour Kandil fell to defeat against India’s Aaliyah Ebrahim 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 and was eliminated from the tournament.
The second round of the Singles tournament will take place on Tuesday at the Bahrain Tennis Club and will be followed by the Doubles edition.
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