Top-seed Bicknell through to semis after super tie-breaker

BY GERALD REID Observer writer

Saturday, July 07, 2012    

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TOP-SEED Andrew Bicknell carved his way into the semi-finals by winning the "super tie-breaker" 10-5 against unseeded Lucas Therrien in his quarter-final match at the 2012 Pan Caribbean Bank All-Jamaica Junior Tennis Championships at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre yesterday.

All the semi-finals in the Boys and Girls 18 and under singles, boys and girls 16 and under, boys and girls 14 and under, boys and girls 12 and under and boys and girls 10 and under will be played today at 9:00 am.

The quarter-final match was completed yesterday after fading light halted play on the previous day with Therrien capturing the first set 6-4 and Bicknell leading 3-1 in the second set. Yesterday, Bicknell easily won the second set 6-1 to level the match at 1-1.

In the "super tie-breaker" Bicknell had the better of Therrien and went on to win 10-5 to clinch the match.

Cruze had earlier defeated third-seeded Jovaughn Mullings 4-6, 6-3 (10-7 tie-breaker) in his quarter-finals.

Bicknell said he played much better than the previous day as he had a bad start in the match, but yesterday he got his shots working.

The 14-year-old Bicknell, however, will have a mighty job to do when he faces James Cruze, who had beaten him in the Boys 16 and under singles quarter-finals 6-3, 2-6 (10-6 tie-breaker).

According to Bicknell, Cruze has a big serve and he hit the ball so hard he had to slow him down to get the better of him in the second set.

"This match will be a very crucial one as I would like to reach the final, but it won't be that easy," Bicknell said.

Bicknell said for this semi-final he will need an umpire to make the calls as they allowed the players to make calls and score for themselves and sometimes opponents make the wrong calls in order to win the match.

"Semi-finals where it is very crucial, there should be umpires doing the match rather than the players, who have to concentrate on their playing and trying to make calls when the shots are in or out," said Bicknell.

Meanwhile, Cruze said he is confident of repeating victory over the top seed and with his win in the Boys 16 and under, he feels more confident he should have the advantage coming into the semi-finals.

"I will try to play the same way I play Bicknell or try something different, but it all depends during the match. However, I am confident I will pull it off, but this is a different match and a different day and you cannot tell what will happen," said the 15-year-old Cruze, who was registering his first win over Bicknell.

In the other Boys 18 and under semi-final, second-seed William Berry will face fourth-seed Horatio Ludford.

Action in the Girls 18 and under singles will see top-seed Shantal Blackwood face third-seed Phadria Kepple in her semi-final. Kepple beat Maya Ricketts 6-1, 6-4, while Alex Marzouca and Shaddae will contest the other semi-final. Marzouca gained a walkover against second-seed Michaelann Denton, who did not show for her match, while Findley beat Rhea Thompson 6-0, 6-4.

The Boys 16 and under singles semi-finals will see top-seed Roger Lyn playing fourth-seed Nicholas Malcolm and Cruze playing second-seed Berry. In the quarter-finals Lyn beat Roshane Henry 6-4, 6-2; Malcolm gained a walk over against sixth seed Blaise Bicknell; Cruze beat Andrew Bicknell 6-3, 2-6 (10-6 tie-breaker); Berry beat Roshane Allen 6-0, 6-2.

The Girls 16 and under singles semi-finals will be contested between top-seed Denton and fourth-seed Shae-Ann Kameka with the other semi between third-seed Tradian Barrett and second-seed Shaeda Nickle.

In the quarter-finals, Denton got a walk over against Brittany Smith, Kameka beat Llana Blackwood 3-6, 6-3 (10-6 tie-breaker); Barrett beat Danielle Grant 7-6 (8-6 tie-breaker), 7-5; Nickle crushed Sydney Williams 6-0, 6-0.



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