King in F20 Futures semis
DARIAN KING is the only non-American player left in the final four of the ITF F20 Futures Tennis Tournament being played at the Lewis & Clarke Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.
King, the No. 1 seed, beat American Ronnie Schneider 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals yesterday and will take on No. 4 Michael Shabaz, the only other seed left in the tournament.
After beating Canadian Pavel Krainik 6-3, 6-0 in the first round, King beat American Dane Webb by the same margin in the next round.
Shabaz booked his berth in the semi-finals after defeating compatriot Evan Song 6-4, 6-3.
In the bottom half of the draw, Evan King will take on Noah Rubin in the all-American semi-final.
Rubin beat Devin McCarthy 6-1, 6-4 and Evan King had a 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory over Jeremy Efferding.
The Barbadian is seeking his first title in Godfrey after losing in the second round in last year’s tournament. He won his first singles titles of the year last week in Joplin, Missouri.
King and Brazilian Alex Blumenberg were not as successful in the doubles.
They beat Stephen Hon of Australia and Canada’s Isade Juneau 6-4, 7-5 in the quarter-finals, but were stopped 6-0, 6-3 by McCarthy and Marcos Giron. (SAT)