By RENALDO DORSETT
IT WAS a difficult day for Bahamian players in both the Boys and Girls 18 Main Draw of the 2013 ITF Junkanoo Bowl, with just three players emerging victorious on day one.
Just two players, Rasheed Carey and Christian Cargill, advanced to the second round after the slate of matches on the schedule in the Boys Draw.
Sixth seeded Christian Cargill topped Brian Boyar of the United States in straight sets 6-0,6-4 and Carey overcame an opening set loss to rally and defeat Daniel Maese of the United States 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Cargill will go on to face Jesus Santiago Suarez Rivas of Mexico while Carey will also face a Mexican player, Pablo Landa Cantan.
Second seeded Shaquille Taylor was upset in the opening round, suffering a 6-2, 4-6, 6-7(6) loss to Luis Eduardo Morfin Friebel of Mexico.
Treajh Ferguson also lost in three sets to No.1 seed Toshiki Matsuya of Japan 6-4, 2-6, 3-6. Michael Cooper was eliminated in straight sets by John Jurgenson of the United States 1-6,1-6, Joshua Turnquest lost to Gerardo Penchaya Cardenas of Mexico 2-6,2-6, Justyn Thompson fell to Gabriel Pilones of the United States 2-6, 1-6, and Shannon Francis lost to eighth seeded Pablo Landa Catan of Mexico 2-6, 2-6.
In the Girls 18 Draw, Danielle Thompson was one of four seeded players to advance to the second round yesterday.
The eighth seeded Thompson topped Paloma Martinez of Mexico 6-3,6-1. She advances to face Madison Harrison of the United States.
Dominique Mortier lost to Swara Kulkarni of India 5-7, 2-6, Gabriella Bowe fell to Delaney Edwards of the United States 2-6, 6-7(5), Adrienne D’Alewyn fell in straight sets to Sofia Kenin of the United States 0-6,0-6 and Iesha Shepherd retired when trailing sixth seeded Elizabeth Sutherland of the United States 3-6,5-7, 2-5.
Play continues 9am today at National Tennis Centre.