Junkanoo Bowl: Clarke, Armbrister eliminated


Tribune Sports Reporter


THE last remaining Bahamian players in both the boys' and girls' main draw were eliminated in the ITF Junkanoo Bowl.

Syndey Clarke's tournament run came to an end in the quarter-final while Donte Armbrister was ousted in the second round at the National Tennis Centre yesterday.

Clarke, the No.2 seed in the draw, was upset by Dharani Niroshan of Canada in straight sets 7-5, 6-0.

After a first-round bye, Clarke won 6-1, 6-0 over Kayla Solagnier of Aruba.

Eighth-ranked Armbrister fell to Jack Anthrop of the United States, 6-2, 6-2.

He previously advanced out of the opening round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Quinn McLeod of the United States.

Clarke exacted some semblance of revenge in the quarter-final of the doubles draw when she teamed with Kriti Williams of the United States to defeat Niroshan and Gabriela Singer of Curacao 4-6, 6-2 (10-8).

Clarke and Williams are the top-ranked team in the draw and will advance to face the fourth-seeded team - Sandra Alonso of Spain and Nikita Vishwase of the United States - at 12:30pm today.

Alonso and Vishwase advanced with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Victoria Lushnikov of the United States and Kayla Solagnier of Aruba.

On the other side of the bracket, the Bahamian pair - Gabrielle and Abagail Simms - were eliminated in the quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to the third-seeded Zoe Hitt of the United States and Aleksa Marquez of Peru.

The remaining girls' singles quarter-final matches included: Racheal Gailis (USA) 6-4, 6-1 over Tara Malik (USA), Anika Jaskova (SVK) 6-3,6-2 over Vishwase and Alonso over Hitt 7-5, 6-1.

In other boys' main draw matches, top-ranked Alexandre LeBlanc (CAN) won 6-0, 6-0 over Arun Venkat Guruswamy (USA), Adam Neff (USA) won 6-2, 6-2 over Chaiyarin (THA), Harrison Gold (USA) won 6-3, 6-1 over Tom LeBlanc Claverie (FRA), Benjamin Kittay (USA) won 6-2, 6-2 over McLeod, Michael Nicholls (USA) won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 over Russell Berdusco (USA).

In addition, Leighton Allen (USA) won 6-0, 6-0 over Alejandro Jose Gandini (DOM) and JC Roddick (USA) won 5-7,6-3,6-1 over Boris Palmade (USA).

The week-long International Tennis Federation touring event for players in the 18-and-under and 14-and-under divisions continues today at the National Tennis Centre.