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Bicknell lone Jamaican success at ITF Junior Tourney

Gerald Reid

Thursday, July 26, 2012    

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JAMAICA'S Andrew Bicknell was the only successful player capturing two titles at the 2012 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Jamaica International Junior Circuit Tournament held at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last week.

Fourteen-year-old Bicknell, who captured the All-Jamaica 18-and-under singles the previous week, won the Boys' 14-and-under singles and doubles final.

The Jamaican, who is based overseas, was retaining the Boys 14-and-under singles title he won last year. Next year, Bicknell will play in the Boys' 18-and-under as he will turn 15-years-old by the start of the 2013 tournament.

Bicknell is currently on Summer holidays in Jamaica and is hard at training, but hopes to play in some local tournaments that are scheduled in August before going back to school in Florida.

He said there are many more tournaments on the World Junior Circuit but does not know whether he will play in any of them.

Meanwhile, Bicknell, seeded at two in the Boys 14-and-under singles defeated unseeded Eduardo Camacho of Costa Rica in the final in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.

With the match tied at 1-1, a third set was needed to break the deadlock between both players. The Jamaican proved much stronger in the long run as he eluded his opponent with shots down the line to carve out a 6-3 win for a 2-1 match result.

Bicknell paired with his cousin Jacob Bicknell as the top-seeded Jamaicans in the Boys' 14-and-under doubles, came from a set down to defeat his compatriots, the unseeded pair of Roger Lyn and Dimitri Bird in the "super tie-breaker" 10-6, after the sets were level at 1-1. Lyn and Bird won the first set 6-2 with the Bicknells winning the second set 6-3.

The Girls' 14-and-under doubles title was won by the top-seeded pair of Shaeda Nickle of Jamaica and D'Jeri Raymond of Antigua, who defeated the second seeded pair of Stephanie Davis of Jamaica and Llana Blackwood of Barbados, 6-1, 6-4.

The only Jamaican to past the first round of Boys' and Girls' main draw in the singles was Daniel Harris, who defeated Felipe Oyarzun of Chile, but lost in straight sets in the second round to sixth-seeded Drew Halbauer of the United States of America (USA) 6-2, 6-2.

In the Girls' 14-and-under singles played on a round-robin format, D'Jeri Raymond of Antigua emerged as the winner from Llana Blackwood of Barbados, Sheada Nickle, Stephanie Davis and Stephanie Franz of Jamaica.

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