Turkey close in on singles medals in Baku

20 May 2017

Turkish players Anil Yuksel and Berfu Cengiz both moved into the semi-finals of the Islamic Solidarity Games singles tournaments with straight-sets wins in Baku on Saturday.

Yuksel saw off Uzbek Jurabek Karimov 6-4, 6-4 in the men's last eight, before Cengiz thrashed Malaysia's Jawairiah Noordin 6-1, 6-0 on Centre Court at the Baku Tennis Academy in the women's quarter-finals.

Yuksel, 27, edged a tight opening set against his 18-year-old opponent, who reached the final of the juniors at the Australian Open last year.

Serve dominated for the majority of the second, but the world number 524 Yuksel found the decisive break in game nine and served it out to complete the win in just over an hour.

The second match on the main court was even more one-sided, although Cengiz did fail to serve out the opening set for a bagel.

But the 17-year-old broke at the next opportunity to take a one-set lead.

Noordin, who reached a career-high ranking of 931st eight years ago, was totally out of her depth and fell to a comprehensive defeat in under an hour as Cengiz did seal a bagel at the second attempt.

Moroccan Amine Ahouda also reached the men's semis with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Uganda's Duncan Mugabe on Court One.

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