A fairy-tale run to the final of the Batemans Bay Tennis Open has ended in defeat for Filipino-born qualifier Charles Josshua Kinaadman.
Kinaadman lost 6-0, 6-1 to Sydney’s James Ibrahim on Monday afternoon, finishing runner up in the AMT Men’s Singles event.
Kinaadman, ranked outside the top-2000 in Australia, was forced to do it the hard way, playing through qualifying on Friday just to get a chance in the main draw.
He started with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pat Ikin, before a 6-2, 6-4 victory over top-qualifying-seed Paul Warren. A 6-0, 6-2 win over Riley White ensured Kinaadman would play in the main draw of the tournament.
Kinaadman’s first challenge was 14th-seed Matthew James Scheers, ranked 287 in Australia. The underdog was forced to work hard in the first set, but a break in the second helped him seal a 7-6, 6-3 victory.
Eighth-seed Bosko Novakovic (189 in Australia) was Kinaadman’s second-round opponent, and he fought his way to a gritty 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
After seeing off fellow qualifier Mark Papadopoulos in the quarter-finals, Kinaadman came up against sixth-seed Connor Johnson in the semi finals.
Kinaadman was too good for the 16-year-old, brushing him aside 6-3, 6-2 to qualify for the grand final.
However, Ibrahim would be a different challenge for the qualifyer, as his natural power proved too much to handle. Kinaadman struggled to deal with the serve of the Sydney player, falling 6-0, 6-1 in a very one-sided match.