Tennis: Top seed Jake Prime beaten in Doncaster Junior Open semi-finals

l-r Jo Arrowsmith and Jake Prime
l-r Jo Arrowsmith and Jake Prime
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Local hope Jake Prime failed in his bid to win the GO Outdoors Doncaster Junior Open Tennis 18 & Under boys’ singles title.

The No 1 seed suffered a 6-2, 6-3 defeat in his semi-final against eventual winner Mark Rushton-Woods on Tuesday.

Doncaster club-mate Jacob Bennett lost in the early rounds of the boys’ 14 & Under singles against Chris Jeffrey from Northumberland

Elizabeth Morris, daughter of tournament organiser Wayne Morris, reached the semi-finals of the girl’s 14 & Under consolation event.

Former 12 & Under winner Vishnu Panikkar fell at the quarter-final hurdle of the boys’ 14 & Under singles following a close game.

Matthew Clegg also reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual runner-up Joshua Lazenby

Pratyush Ravishanka (Doncaster) lost to number one seed Ingimar Tomasson in her 14 & Under singles tie.

There was more disappointment for Prime, partnered by Joe Arrowsmith (Wheatley Hills), in their boys’ 18 & Under doubles.

They had to settle for third place in the round-robin competition on a ‘set count’ ruling, despite having beaten the second-placed pair.

Doncaster duo Frazer Fennell and George Fisher failed to come through a number of tough matches in their 10 & Under qualifiers and missed the cut for the main draw.

Mark Hanson also narrowly missed making main draw despite winning two of his three qualifying matches.

Chris Warren and Will Skidmore, and Jacob Bennett and Joseph Eaton (Wheatley), battled hard in their respective 14 & Under doubles but failed to finish among the honours.

It wasn’t all gloom for the host club, however, with Matthew Clegg and his partner Tom Else (Derbyshire) finishing runners up.

Doncaster’s Will Messham showed up well when winning three of his six round robin 9 & Under matches but he still failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Anisa Yamani played well to reach the play-off final in the girls’ event where she lost to Daniela Deighton.

The tournament, which has been badly hit by the weather, continues until Saturday.