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2nd Qatar Junior Tour - Wednesday Review
31 Mar 2011
Qatar’s Issa Shannan and Khalifa Al Mahmoud reached the semi finals of the 2nd Qatar Asian U-14 Junior Tournament doubles competition on Wednesday after their quarter finals opponents Saudi Arabia’s Musaad Al Azzam and Bahrain’s Omar Qaed withdrew due to injury.

Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) is organizing the tournament in the period between March 28th and April 1st.

The Qatari team will now have a difficult test in the semis when they face 1st seeds Omar Ahmed of Saudi Arabia and Moises Escobar of USA. The Saudi-American duo reached the semis after an easy 6-1 6-1 semi-finals victory over Syria’s Mohamed Al Shihabi and Haig Daoudian.

Uzbekistan’s Said-Aelo Saidkarimov and Iran’s AmirArdalan Safi also reached the semis with after a 6-2 6-1 win over Philippine’s Luis Velazquez and USA’s Sergio Escobar. They will face Syria’s Mohamed Naw and Mohamed Al Azhary in the semi finals. The Syrian duo qualified to the semis with a 6-1 6-3 win over UAE’s Fares Al Janahi and Abduallah Ahli.  

Meanwhile, No.1 Seed Mohamed Al Azhary reached the semi-finals of the singles competition after a three-set 6-0 5-7 6-1 win over Uzbekistan’s Said-Aelo Saidkarimov in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Al Azhary will now face 3rd seed American Manuel Escobar in the semi-final on Thursday. The American surprisingly defeated Amr Hassan of Yemen in two straight sets 6-3 6-1 in the quarter finals. Unseeded Hassan won the singles and doubles titles in the 1st Qatar Asian Junior Tournament last week.

In the other quarter finals matches 4th seed Omar Ahmed of Saudi Arabia easily knocked out unseeded UAE’s Fares Al Janahi with a 6-1 6-0 victory, and Yemen’s Thamer Thabet beat Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Al Soghayer in two straight sets 6-2 6-2.

Nagpal and Olfy in the final

In the girls singles competition, it will be a repeat of the 1st Asian Junior Tournament as Yemen’s Shaimaa Al Olfi will be aiming for revenge when she takes on India’s Saranya Nagbal who defeated her in the 1st tournament final.

Unseeded Nagbal reached the final on Wednesday by crushing no.1 seed Racha Al Bouder of Syria in the semi-finals in two straight sets 6-1 6-0, While Al Olfi also had an easy win over no.2 seed India’s Sanjana Sudhir 6-1 6-3.

The finals of the girls doubles will also be an Indian-Yemeni affair as Saranya Nagbal and Sanjana Sudhir take on Shaimaa and Butena Al Olfi. The Indian duo defeated 1st seed Racha Al Boudera and Daniel Farra of Syria 6-0 6-3 in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Al Olfi sisters qualified after a 6-1 6-1 victory over 2nd seeds Shammira Azzahara and Ashley Supit of India.