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Brilliant Bowtell doubles up for ITF final in Tunisia

Amy Bowtell paired up with Polish player Agata Baranska to make the doubles final at the SFAX ITF Junior Tournament in Sfax, Tunisia.

The pair caused an upset in the opening round when they comfortably beat the No3 seeds Lucy Brown of the UK and Charlene Seateun from France.

In the quarter-finals, they also had an easy victory over Marcelina Cichon of Poland and Briton Alexandra Walker before facing top seeds and home favourites Nour Abbes and Ons Jabuer. This proved a tougher encounter, going 6-4 7-6 (5) before Bowtell and Baranska won through.

In the final against Anais Deville of France and Russian Daria Salnikova, the match went to a championship tie-break, which Bowtell and Baranska lost 10-3.

Bowtell had lost to Walker in the first round of the singles having won the opening set.

Fresh from his great outing at the Australian Junior Open, Sam Barry was seeded sixth for the boys' singles. He recovered well after dropping the first set to beat German player Christian Plattes in the first round and then dismissed Antonio Campo of Italy in the second. That booked him a place in the quarter-finals, where he faced top seed Mate Zsiga of Hungary. Although Barry took the middle set, the Hungarian, who went on to win the title, proved too strong, winning 6-3 4-6 6-2.

In the doubles, Barry had paired up with Zsiga and, after beating Plattes and his Tunisian partner Sami Ghorbel, they lost a close quarter-final to Czech Tomas Hanzlik and Poland's Wojciech Lutkowski.

At the ATP Challenger Tour in Kazan, Russia, Conor Niland went out after a hard match in the semi-finals to top seed Julian Reister of Germany.

Niland won the opening set in a tie-break but, although he kept fighting hard, lost the next two 6-4, 6-4. In earlier rounds, Niland had beaten Russian Anton Manegin, Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine and Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia, who was forced to retire in the second set.

Louk Sorensen went out in the first round to Russian Evgeny Donsky.

Barry King and Conor O'Brien made the doubles semi-final at the ITF Futures, in Nussloch, Germany. They went out on a champions' tie-break to Czech pair Roman Jebavy and Daniel Lustig. King also made the second round in the singles where he lost to Lustig.


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