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Seeds cruise into second round.

TOP seed Jordi Samper-Montana yesterday cruised into the men's singles second round of the Bahrain ITF Futures Tennis Championship at Bahrain Tennis Club in Juffair.

Samper-Montana, ranked 278th in the world, comfortably defeated Bahraini wildcard Abdulrahman Janahi 6-0, 6-1 to march on to the tournament's next phase.

The competition is a part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men's Pro Circuit. It is being held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and is being sponsored by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, Al Salam Bank and Bahrain Duty Free.

It is the second successive year BTC is hosting this prestigious $10,000 championship.

Samper-Montana led all the seeds into round two.

Second seed Peter Heller of Germany, ranked 465th in the world, also breezed through. He scored a 6-1, 6-0 win over Indian Ashwin Vijayragavan, who is ranked 795th in the world.

Third seed Antal Van der Duim of the Netherlands (ranked 514th) followed suit with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Riccardo Maiga of Switzerland (ranked 780th), while number four seed Ruan Roelofse of South Africa (ranked 521st) needed to go the distance before beating qualifier Vaja Uzakov of Uzbekistan (ranked 1,130th) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

Sixth seed Christian Rodriguez of Colombia (ranked 635th) was also made to sweat in his match against Andre Murta Gaspar of Portugal (792nd). He fought back from the brink of elimination to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.


Eighth seed Dominik Schulz of Germany, ranked 777th in the world, was the last seeded player on the BTC's hard courts yesterday. He won against compatriot Christian Hirschmueller (ranked 945th) 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the second stage.

Amongst the unseeded players booking their place in the next round, Kevin Jordi of Switzerland (ranked 1,342nd) beat fellow-qualifier Egor Kovalev of Russia 6-3, 6-4; Denis Gremelmayr of Germany (ranked 819th) ousted countryman and qualifier Delf Gohlke 6-2, 6-2; Romain Sichez of France (ranked 791st) defeated Indian qualifier Kunal Anand (ranked 1,391st) 6-3, 6-0; and Maxime Chazal of France (ranked 789th) outplayed another Indian qualifier, Sagar Manjanna (ranked 1,848th), 6-1, 6-3.

Completing the list of last night's first round winners were qualifier Ronak MAnufa of India (ranked 1,937th) who beat Kuwaiti wild card Mohammed Reda 6-4, 6-4; and German qualifier Alborz Akhavan (ranked 1,676th) who defeated Bahraini wild card Yousef Qaed 6-2, 6-2.

All are welcome to watch the games. Entrance to BTC is free of charge.

Today's order-of-play:

(MS denotes Men's Singles; MD denotes Men's Doubles)

Starting at 11am: MS 5-J De Loore (BEL) vs M Chazal (FRA); MS D Gremelmayr (GER) vs 7-K Griekspoor (NED); MS 4-R Roelofse (RSA) vs J Vanneste (BEL); MS R Sichez (FRA) vs 8-D Schulz (GER)

Not before 4pm: MS 1-J Samper-Montana (ESP) vs K Jordi (SUI); MS L Van der Linden (NED) vs 3-A Van der Duim (NED); MS A Akhavan (GER) vs 2-P Heller (GER); MS 6-C Rodritguez (COL) vs R Manuja (IND)

Not before 6pm: MD 1-C Rodriguez (COL)/J Samper-Montana (ESP) vs K Anand (IND)/R Manuja (IND); MD 4-P Heller (GER)/D Schulz (GER) vs S Manjanna (IND)/Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI); MD M Chazal (FRA)/R Sichez (FRA) vs 2-R Maiga (SUI)/R Roelofse (RSA); MD A Gaspar Murta (POR)/A Vijayragavan (IND) vs 3-K Griekspoor (NED)/A Van der Duim (NED).

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Mar 27, 2013
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