Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jaziri and Safwat playing Challengers in Turkey

Arabs' No1 player, Malek Jaziri, who is fresh off his second round showing in the US Open, where he fell to Mardy Fish, made it to the semi-finals of the Istanbul Challenger in Turkey before falling to top seed and world No47, Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2.

The Tunisian will next play in the Izmir Challenger also in Turkey where Egypt's Mohamed Safwat is battling it out in the qualifying draw.

Egypt's No1 has won his first qualie 6-1, 6-0 over Russian Valentine Dunenkov and next faces the same player he lost to in the Istanbul qualies last week, Dimitar Kutrovsky.

Hopefully this time the Egyptian makes it into the main draw.

Jaziri is seeded No6 in a strong Izmir field and the 27-year-old opens against Germany's Andre Begemann. Bosnian star Amer Delic is in his same section of the draw and could face him in the second round.

Home favourite Marsel Ilhan is the top seed in Izmir, while Belgium's Steve Darcis and Italy's Flavio Cipolla are seeded 2 and 3.

The players are competing on hard courts for a total prize money of €64,000.

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