Tennis: Wins keeps coming for Willis in Kuwait
Published: 2 Oct 2013 17:000 comments
Berkshire and A1 pharmaceuticals academy No1 Marcus Willis has increased his points total to a new record of 103 singles ATP points earned this yea,r which is equivalent to world ranking of no 371.
After a prevailing in a tough three-set 1st round match overcoming talented teenager Ken Onishi of Japan, he made light work of his next opponent with a 6-0 6-0 demolition of local wildcard Dawood Sayed Hashim from Kuwait on Wednesday morning.
Willis is strong favourite to match his no2 seeding and overcome his next opponent in the singles quarter-final when he faces the lower ranked Argentinian Matias (no1129) on Thursday.
Willis' manager Gary Lewis said: “We knew that the talented Japanese teenager Ken Onishi would be a tough nut to check in the 1st round main draw of the F3 because Marcus dropped a set against him last week but Marcus put in a great effort to defeat him twice in two weeks and now has a great chance of reaching back-to-back singles finals in Kuwait 2 & 3.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the Wokingham player again teamed up with Lewis Burton to march into sixth consecutive semi-final, emphatically beating Ken Onishi and S Lui 6-2 6-1.
Lewis added: "What a difference a year makes, reaching the semi-final singles final would leapfrog Marcus from GB no14 to GB no8 and a new world ranking of no365 - an amazing achievement when you consider the Berkshire no1 ended last year outside of the top 1000.”
Reaching the final would be a nice birthday present for Willis, who celebrates his 23rd birthday next Wednesday.
The dynamic duo arrive back in the UK next week when after a short rest and light training they will be off to the GB midlands futures series commencing at Lougborough in the third week of October.