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One Day After Securing Top ITF Ranking, Young Upset at Orange Bowl

December 11, 2005 01:47 PM

Friday was a day of upsets at the 59th Annual Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships as No. 1 seeds Donald Young and Agniezska Radwanska and defending boys' champion Timothy Neilly lost their quarterfinal matches at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne.

No. 5 seed Neilly of Tampa, who was attempting to become the first repeat boys' singles champion here since Billy Martin in 1973-74, fell to qualifier Paris Gemouchidis of Greece 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a hotly contested match that featured Neilly power against Gemouchidis tenacity.

"He was playing very well and was really aggressive the whole match," said Gemouchidis, who also upset No. 3 Ryan Sweeting in the first round. "I just tried to stay in the match and open up the court on his forehand side because his backhand was too good."

Gemouchidis broke Neilly's serve in the opening game of the final set, but failed to covert on triple break point in two of Neilly's next three service games. Neilly leveled the match at 4-all with a break of serve, but began to unravel. He doubled faulted to give Gemouchidis a 5-4 lead in the final set and lost the final game of the match at love with four consecutive forehand errors.

Gemouchidis will face Kevin Botti of France in the semifinals. Botti turned back Wil Spencer of Ponce de Leon, Fla., 7-6 (7), 7-5, in the only boys' quarterfinal match that failed to go three sets.

Atlanta's Donald Young, who lost to Neilly in an All-American final last year, failed in his bid to return to the finals, losing to No. 9 seed Robin Roshardt of Switzerland, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.

"I was off at the start of the match I got more and more confident as the match went on," said Roshardt. "The longer the points went, the better I liked my chances. By 3-0 in the third set, I felt the match was mine."

The loss comes one day after Young successfully secured the top ITF ranking, becoming the youngest player and first African-American to win the ITF World Junior Champion title.

For information and results from the 2005 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships click here.

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