Report from yesterday´s matches
The World Junior Tennis Finals 2008 began this morning with an opening ceremony bathed in sunlight. All thirty two teams paraded onto TK Prostejov’s number one outside court before the Mayor of Prostejov, Jan Tesar, declared this year’s tournament open.
Day One saw a complete sweep of victories for all eight seeded teams in the girls’ event, but this is a poor reflection of just how close some of their unseeded opponents came to causing a huge upset on the first day.
Top seeds Ukraine were forced into a drawn out battle by a committed and focused Japanese team. Second seeds Russia struggled against their opponents, Canada who produced a spirited performance, whilst Asian champions China also needed the deciding doubles rubber in order to beat the host nation, Czech Republic.
Ukraine met Japan one TK Prostejov’s Centre Court. Risa Ozaki took the first rubber for Japan with a 62 62 victory over Kateryna Kozlova before Ukraine number one Elina Svitolina clawed back a 67(6) 67(4) victory over Miho Kowase. Japan’s efforts in the singles gave them a chance to complete a huge upset on day one if they could win the deciding doubles rubber. Having lost the first set 46, Ozaki and Koyama briefly kept the chance of a famous victory alive by storming back to take the second set 61. Kozlova and Svitolina, numbers one and two, playing numbers two and three from the Japan proved too strong for their opponents and closed out the third set for Ukraine, giving them a 64 16 62 victory. At the end of a thrilling contest, deeply contrasting emotions were clear on the faces of the two teams; elation and some relief for the Ukrainian team whilst the Japanese pair looked exhausted and distraught at a chance missed.
Second seed Russia’s tie against Canada was one of the longest of the day. Russian number two Yulia Puntintseva defeated Emma Onila 75 62 in the first singles rubber, before Eugenie Bochard scored a famous victory over Russian number one Daria Gavrilova, 61 63. Gavrilova is currently ranked number one in the U14 Tennis Europe rankings. The Russian team won the deciding doubles 64 64.
Third seeds China defeated the host nation Czech Republic 2-1, despite their number one player Hao-Chen Tang losing the second singles match to Czech number one Pernilla Mendesova.
Fourth seeds Great Britain eased through their first day’s matches with a 3-0 victory over Australia. Jessica Ren defeated Molly Polak 64 46 26 before Laura Robson defeated Australian number one Viktorija Rajicic 61 60. The doubles tie became a dead rubber due to the singles results.
Fifth seeds USA also scored a whitewash over their opponents Serbia, with Kyle McPhillips and Grace Min winning their singles ties.
Sixth seeded Bolivian team, the South American Qualifying winners, is made up of Maria Ines Deheza and her twin sister Maria Paula Deheza with Natalia Davila. They scored a 2-1 victory over Tunisia on day one. Both Maria Ines and Maria Paula won their singles matches for Bolivia.
Seventh seeds Uzbekistan defeated Africian Qualifying winners South Africa as Sabina Sharipova and Nigina Abduraimova both won, before they also took the dead rubber doubles.
Finally, eighth seeds Belgium scored a 3-0 victory over Brazil with wins in the singles for Elke Lemmens and Ann-Sophie Mestach before Lemmens and Ysaline Bonaventure won the doubles.
In the boys draw the top three seeded teams, USA, France and Russia all scored straight forward victories. Brazil, the South American Qualifying winners and seeded fourth at the Finals, lost to unseeded India. Fifth seeds China also crashed to an early defeat, at the hands of Canada. Great Britain, Korea and Croatia, sixth, seventh and eighth seeds respectively all won.
Top seeds USA played Australia in their first tie. Alexis Halebian and Christian Harrison defeated Jack Schipanski and Luke Saville respectively, rending the doubles tie a dead rubber.
Second seeds France, playing Peru, saw their number two player Laurent Lokoli defeat Jorge Panta 63 16 61 before their number one player Lucas Pouille clinched victory with a 62 64 win over Daniel Santos, before they also claimed the doubles rubber for a 3-0 win.
Russia completed the successes for the top three seeds with wins for Konstantin Gerlakh and Evgeny Karlovski in the singles.
Fourth seeds Brazil, battled back after losing the first tie by winning the second singles tie, courtesy of their number one player Pedro Dumont. However, the Indian pair of Ronit Bisht and Diavijay Singh were victorious in the deciding doubles match, 67(5) 75 62, giving India a surprise victory.
Fifth seeds China also feel to a shock loss. The winners of the Asian Qualifying rounds for these Finals, were beaten today by Canada. Filip Peliwo scored a 36 63 62 win for his country over Zhao Cai, before Canadian team number one Edward Nguyen beat Xin Gao 46 61 61.
Sixth seeds Great Britain needed the deciding doubles tie to beat Egypt. Britain claimed the first rubber before highly rated Egyptian team number one, Karim Hossam, maintained his recent excellent form with a three set win over the British team’s number one, Liam Broady 64 46 63, to push the tie into a decider. The British pair dominated the doubles, winning 61 60.
Seventh seeds Korea beat the host nation Czech Republic over the three ties and Croatia scored a 3-0 whitewash victory over African Qualifying winners South Africa.
- Girls - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medi...0_original.PDF
- Boys - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medi...9_original.PDF
- 5th August - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medi...8_original.PDF
- 5th August - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medi...7_original.PDF