SECOND-seeded William Berry had to work hard to get by Jacob Bicknell 6-4, 5-7 (10-8 tie-breaker) to advance to the semi-finals of the 2012 Pan Caribbean All-Jamaica Junior Tennis Championships at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, Picadilly Road yesterday.
In the other Boys 18 and Under singles, the game was stopped due no electricity at the venue where unseeded Lucas Therrien won the first set, 6-4, but was down 1-3 in the second set.
Mid-afternoon showers halted the matches for at least an hour-and-a-half before play could be resumed.
The Girls 18 and Under singles will begin today with second seed Michaelann Denton playing Alex Marzouca; third-seeded Phadria Kepple meeting Maya Ricketts, and Rhea Thompson facing Shaddae Findley. Top seed Shantal Blackwood has received a bye into the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in the Boys 16 and Under singles, the players advancing into the quarter-finals are top seed Roger Lyn, who defeated Lucas Therrien, 10-2, and second-seeded William Berry, who received another bye as a result of Christopher Rowe and Akeem Angula not reporting for their first-round match against each other on the previous opening day.
Third seed James Cruze beat Dwayne Hurmal, 10-3; fourth-seeded Nicholas Malcolm gained a walk over against Neil Ximmines; fifth seed Andrew Bicknell got past Dedier Trail, 10-8; sixth seed Blaise Bicknell beat Jason Valle, 10-8; seventh seed Roshane Henry outplayed Mathias Cooman, 10-4, while eight-seeded Juwan Bobb-Duberry was upset by unseeded Roshane Allen, 10-2.
Action in the second round of the Girls 16 and Under singles will be played this afternoon with top seed Michaelann Denton facing Brittany Smith, second seed Shaeda Nickle meeting Sydney Williams, third seed Maya Ricketts playing Tradian Barrett and fourth seed Shae-Ann Kameka facing
The quarter-final pairings will see Lyn facing Henry; Blaise Bicknell versus Malcolm, Cruze taking on Andrew Bicknell and Allen meeting Berry.