Manama : The main draws in both the men’s singles and women’s singles were completed Sunday night following the second day of qualifying in which eight men and a further four women secured their spots in the Bahrain ITF Futures 2018 tournament proper.
Booking their berths from the Men’s Qualifying Singles were Niklas Johansson of Sweden, Palaphoom Kovapitukted of Thailand, Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines, Robert Galloway from the United States, Patrick Mayer of Germany, Pak Long Yeung of Hong Kong, Mohamed Adnaoui of Morocco and Alexander Gornet, also from the US.
The four women who qualified Sunday included Nathalie Johansson of Sweden, Andreia Beberechi of Romania, Marian Jade Capadocia of the Philippines and Emelie Luisa Schwarte of Germany. They joined four other women who had already secured their slots on Saturday night at Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC).
Matches for both the men and women, in singles and doubles, begin Monday morning from 11am and continue until the evening. All tennis fans in the kingdom are welcome to attend and watch the exciting action at the hard courts of BTC.
The Bahrain ITF Futures Tennis Tournament is being held under the patronage of His Majesty the King’s Charity Works and Youth Affairs Representative, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. It is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs and is sponsored by E K Kanoo and Bahrain Duty Free.
After the completion of Qualifying, the Main Draws were set.
The top seeds for the Men’s Singles were named. They included top seed Marsel Ilhan of Turkey, second seed Michal Konecny of the Czech Republic, third seed Jelle Sels of the Netherlands, fourth seed Marek Gengel also of the Czech Republic, fifth seed Lukas Ollert of Germany, sixth seed Fred Simonsson of Sweden, seventh seed Patrik Rikl of the Czech Republic and eighth seed Claudio Fortuna of Italy.
Four Bahrainis have made it onto the Men’s Main Draw as Wild Cards. They include Ahmed Janahi, Elyas Abdulnabi, Yousef Qaed and Abdulrahman Janahi.
In the Women’s Singles, Quirine Lemoine of the Netherlands is the top seed. Ana Veselinovic of Montenegro is seeded second, Nastja Kolar of Slovenia third, Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia fourth, Fatma Al Nabhani of Oman fifth, Zeel Desai of India sixth, Emily Webley-Smith from the UK seventh and Kanika Vaidya, also from India, is the eighth seed.
There are no Bahrainis competing in the Women’s Singles Main Draw.
The top seeds in the Men’s Doubles Main Draw were the pairing of Sels and Simonsson, while the top seeds in the Women’s Doubles were the team of Valeria Bhunu of Zimbabwe and Webley-Smith.
Final qualifying results:
Niklas Johansson of Sweden beat Omar Alawadhi of the UAE 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
Palaphoom Kovapitukted of Thailand beat Anton Herasimchuk of Belarus 6-3, 6-4
Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines beat Hasan Alqattan of Bahrain 6-0, 6-0
Robert Galloway of the United States beat Rahul Jaideep of India 7-6 (3), 6-0
Patrick Mayer of Germany beat Dusan Lojda of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1
Pak Long Yeung of Hong Kong beat Jan Godfrey Seno of the Philippines 6-0, 6-2
Mohamed Adnaoui of Morocco beat Emir Isik of Turkey 6-0, 6-2
Alexander Gornet of the US beat Janji Soquino of the Philippines 6-2, 6-2
Nathalie Johansson of Sweden beat Maya Bseisu of Bahrain 6-1, 6-0
Andreia Beberechi of Romania beat Safa Safar of Bahrain 6-1, 6-0
Marian Jade Capadocia of the Philippines beat Vivien Gimla of France 6-0, 6-0
Emelie Luisa Schwarte of Germany beat Teodora Sabljarevic of Serbia 6-2, 6-1