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Mara fights back to grab girls' title.

SECOND-seeded Mara Argyriou of Cyprus wrestled back from a set down to turn the tables on Libya's Nancy Karaky 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 and claim the girls singles title yesterday in the Fourth Zain Bahrain ITF Juniors Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club.

Staring defeat in the face after a tight first set, Mara commenced the second with renewed zeal holding her nerve as well as her serve to grab the initiative.

She forced her opponent to all corners of the court and hit clear winners. After a near immaculate performance in the second set that clearly stunned her opponent, Mara then kept her cool to edge ahead in the third.

Mara closed the set and match in style.

The Cypriots were not finished though as they looked to stamp their authority all over the BTC courts for the second day in a row. Today's singles finalists, top seeded Konstantinos Ilia and Leandros Papayiannis, the third seed, paired to dispatch doubles hopefuls second seeded Vasiliy Kraynikovskiy and Libya's Giovani Samaha 6-4, 7-5 in a well-contested final.

The Cypriots' victory run finally came to an end when Marina Albert of Egypt and Tertha Iska of India beat Mara Argyriou of Cyprus and Yagmur Akdemir of Turkey for the girls doubles title 0-6, 6-0, 10-7.

Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa was present at the closing ceremony last night and hailed Bahrain Tennis Club president Khamis Al Muqla and Zain Bahrain general manager Mohammed Zine El Abidine for their efforts in staging the tournament successfully this year.

Victorious players and the runners-up were then awarded their trophies.

TODAY: boys final - Konstantinos Ilia (CYP X 1) vs Leandros Papayiannis (CYP X 3) at 5pm.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Oct 20, 2012
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