Wednesday 22 November 2017

Racquets: Sorensen looking to build on success

Paddy Hickey

LOUK SORENSEN is gunning to build on his stunning first-round win in last week's Challenger event in Brazil on his return to tournament action next month.

World No 266 Sorensen ripped the form book to shreds when dumping out Argentina's 125-ranked Federico del Bonis on a 7-5 6-3 scoreline.

Sorensen reached the quarter-finals of the hardcourt tournament in the city of Salvador and he will be focusing on honing his technique over the next two weeks.

The Irish No 2 is set to resume the chase for world ranking points in a Challenger event in Bangkok on September 13 and he will take a considerable amount of encouragement from his victory over Del Bonis.

"I played very well against Del Bonis and it was very heartening to get a win against a player of his ranking," enthused Sorensen, who will take part in a similar event also in Bangkok the following week.


"My performance against him showed that I can feel quite hopeful of coming out on top when I play against an opponent who is ranked close to the top 100.

"Now it's up to me to play again to that level in the two tournaments in Bangkok. And if I do that I should get a decent number of wins under my belt over the course of the two weeks."

After the two Thailand tournaments, Sorensen will take a week off before travelling to the west coast of the United States for two Challengers in California, starting on October 4 and 11.

Following his win over Del Bonis, Sorensen put Britain's 245-ranked Jamie Baker to the sword on a 6-4 6-4 margin before crashing out in the quarter-finals to 173-ranked Belarus player Uladzimir Ignatik on a 5-7 0-6 scoreline.

"The first set could have gone either way, but Ignatik played out of his skin in the second set," said Sorensen, who picked up 15 ranking points and improved 14 places in the world rankings to 252.

Meanwhile, north Dublin duo James Cluksey and Colin O'Brien are set to respectively improve 84 and 17 places in the ATP doubles world rankings after capturing the pairs title in last week's ITF Futures event in Jurmala, Latvia.

Both players collected 27 ranking points, but Swords right-hander Cluskey will make the bigger leap in the rankings when they are updated next Monday because of his lower placing compared to Malahide left-hander O'Brien. Cluskey will jump from 507 to 423, while O'Brien, the top Irish player in the world doubles rankings, will improve from 352 to 335.

O'Brien would have moved to 312 but for the fact that 14 ranking points, which he picked up for reaching the final of a corresponding event in Italy this time last year, automatically drop off after 12 months.

The Latvian event marked Cluskey and O'Brien's third ITF Futures doubles title win as a pairing this year, with last month's Irish Open and a Futures in Edinburgh last May being their previous successes.

Cluskey notched another doubles title win, partnered by American Michael Venus, in Israel last February.

Irish Independent

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