SAAD Al Khan last night barged into the men's singles quarter-finals in the GPIC Tennis Championship, being organised by Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) at its courts in Juffair.
In his second round tie against compatriot Khalid Qaydoom, the top seed Bahraini put on yet another superb display to edge his opponent 6-3, 6-7 (4), 12-10 and progress into the tournament's final eight.
Al Khan will play his quarter-final tie, scheduled for today, against fifth seed Cassius Perreira who scored over Abdulrahman Al Thani earlier yesterday. Perreira was leading 3-2 against his Bahraini opponent who retired from the game with a knee injury.
Another upset result took place yesterday as second seed Khalid Janahi was sent crashing out of the tournament at the hands of Jun Delos Reyesl, 6-1, 6-1.
The Filipino will now play against India's Sangil Eo, whose match against seventh seed Ronnie Cifra of the Philippines was stopped at 7-5, 2-3 as the latter had to pull out with a muscle strain.
Khalifa Rashdan, Khalid Nass, Ahmed Al Mahmood and Ahmed Al Hawaj all booked their berths in the quarter-finals following last night's second round matches.
Ali Al Asfoor, who pulled off one the tournament's upsets beating third seed Ahmed Ebrahim 7-5, 7-6 (9) in the first round, was sent crashing 2-6, 2-6 by Rashdan.
The result pitted Rashdan against Al Mahmood, who defeated eighth seed Hassan Al Mutawa in their second round clash.
Ali Fakhro, who sent fourth seed Hope Rosal crashing out of the championship with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the first round, was unable to continue further following a 4-6, 4-6 defeat at the hands of Nass.
The victor is now due to face another Bahraini Al Hawaj, who recorded a 6-3, 6-3 win over his Briton opponent Adrian Henson, the tournament's sixth seed.
Meanwhile, the veteran men's under-40 doubles competition got underway with three matches on the cards. Mohammed Haroon teamed up with Pradeep Nathoo to put down the challenge of Billy Ampong and Ariel Montellano 6-0, 1-6, 10-4.
The winning due moved on to play in the quarter-finals today against Uday Shanbag and teammate S Joseph, who were given direct berth in the quarter-finals.
N Boruah and playing partner R Sivaraman were also victors, beating Laksmanan and Emanuel 7-6 (4), 6-2 and setting up their coming tie with second seed Hussain Al Khunazi and Hassan Al Khunizi.
The third and last game of the day ended in favour of Deo Babaran and Cesar Rivera, who received a walkover from F Alico and R Regaliya.
They will play their quarter-final match against top seed Khalid Khonji and Jamal Shehab, who received a bye in the first round.
Being organised for the 26th consecutive year with support from GPIC, this edition features seven different categories. The remaining five categories are the men's doubles, ladies' doubles, men's super singles, veteran men's under-40 singles and veteran men's under-50 doubles.