HUDDERSFIELD ace Mike Tolman remains on course for a hat trick of Huddersfield Open Men’s Singles titles after powering into tonight’s semi-finals.
The Flockton-based player, who is the sole remaining seed remaining in the men’s senior draw, stamped his authority against Joshua Gleddon last night with a 6-2 6-2 victory.
The men’s quarter-finals were contested in the indoor arena at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, with the mixed doubles played outside during yet another rain-hit evening.
Tolman, 24, will now tackle Southampton-based Jake Macey in the semi-finals after the 17-year-old, making his debut in the Huddersfield event and who plays full time at the David Lloyd Centre, beat Shipley-based Sellers regular Saad Abbas, 22, 6-4 6-3 last night.
But the Abbas family still had reason to cheer when his younger brother Hassan beat Tom Davies 6-3 4-6 10-7 (decider) , to set up a last four match against Wirral-based Ben McTaggart, who fought back from a set down to beat 40-year-old John Ranson – who knocked out No1 seed Peter Murray on Wednesday – 7-5 5-7 10-2 (decider) last night.
Abbas, (rating 3.2), is currently back in the country after completing the first part of a four-year tennis scholarship in Ventura, California, and is working his way back to full fitness after suffering shin splints and undergoing an operation three weeks ago.
He said: “Me and my brother have been competing here in Huddersfield since about 1997.
“It’s a fantastic tournament, always so friendly and with a good standard of players, so it’s always a pleasure to take part.”
In the ladies’ competition, top seed Samantha Murray (sister of ousted Men’s No1 seed Peter), from Altrincham, is on course to meet Bradley-based Nicole Peterson, seeded second, in tomorrow’s final if both can beat their opponents in tonight’s semis.
Murray takes on Emily Singleton, who knocked out No3 seed Caroline Mount in the first round, while Peterson faces Kendall Brown, from Torquay.
Peterson will be looking to make amends in the senior event after she was knocked out by Singleton 6-4 7-5 in the Under 18s yesterday, despite being the No1 seed in the category.