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Al Obaidly under-18 champion.

RASHID Al Obaidly defeated top seed Ahmed Yousuf 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to win the under-18 boys title in the 13th BBK Junior Tennis Open Championship which conclude last night at the Bahrain Tennis Club courts in Juffair.

Al Obaidly, the tournament's second seed, faced fierce challenge from Yousuf in the first set which ended in favour of the former. However, Al Obaidly went to the second set with higher morale and took advantage of his opponent's lapses to clinch the set and the match.

Only nine players took part in this section as Al Obaidly kicked off his campaign with a comfortable 6-0, 6-0 win over Moeez Ali to reach the semi-finals where he defeated Ross Henson 6-3, 6-3.

Yousuf outplayed Aamer Shaikh 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals and then defeated Hazem Al Moosawi 6-2, 6-1 after the latter retired in the second set due to a wrist injury.

Last night also featured the under-eight open section final between top seed Taher Abdulraouf and second seed Urnah Sebastian in which the former won 4-0.

Taher, brother of Bahrain girls' national team player Hadil, dominated his category right from the start. He began with a 4-2 win over Rhea Bhandary then beat Faris Al Dahi with an identical 4-2 victory in the semi-finals.

Urnah, the surprise of the tournament, defeated Adam Hujjair 4-2 in the quarter-finals which was followed by a 4-0 win over Mohammed Osman in the semi-finals.

The matches were followed by the prize-giving ceremony which was attended by His Majesty King Hamad's Youth and Sports advisor Saleh Isa bin Hindi and BBK acting general manager Abdulkarim Buchiri who both honoured the winners.

Yesterday's finals were also witnessed by Bahrain Club chairman Khamis Al Muqla, honourary chairman Dr Ali Fakhro, Military Sports Association general secretary Yaqoob Al Lahdan and other club officials.

Other winners were Mohammed Abdula'al in the under-10 open section, Omar Qaed in under-12 boys, Ayman Jaffer in under-14 boys, Absdulla Abdulnabi in under-16 boys and Marwa Ahmed in under-18 girls.

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Date:Jun 11, 2008
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