He won the Roehampton juniors tournament, beating Klizan 6-4 3-6 6-4 in the final.
Eysseric, Kvitova take Roehampton titles Today was finals’ day at the Grade 1 ITF Junior Roehampton, with two very different encounters in the boys’ and girls’ singles. While Martin Klizan and Jonathan Eysseric battled for three tight sets before Eysseric came out the winner, Jasmina Tinjic had to retire after just one game of the girls’ final against Petra Kvitova.
The first meeting between Eysseric and Klizan was always destined to be a close affair, with both players having been among the very best juniors in the world for the past year. Neither had much experience on grass coming into the tournament, with Eysseric never having played an ITF tournament on the surface before and Klizan’s experience limited to his first-round defeat at Wimbledon last year. Unsurprisingly, the match was played predominantly from the baseline and Eysseric got the better of the early exchanges, racing into a 51 lead. At this stage Klizan started to find his range and dominate proceedings with his heavy groundstrokes, but he was unable to prevent Eysseric from clinching the set 64. A rain delay interrupted the match at the beginning of the second set, but Klizan was able to keep his momentum after the resumption of play and took the set 63.
With strong winds making life difficult for both players, the third set was a battle of nerves and Klizan will long regret the two double faults he served when up a break at 43. He managed to force Eysseric into several deuces in the next game, but the Frenchman held serve to put Klizan under pressure again. A clean winner at 54 30-30 gave Eysseric his first match point, and when Klizan made an unforced error on the next point the title was his.
This was Eysseric’s second Grade 1 title of the year and improves his 2007 record on the ITF Junior Circuit to 23-4. Klizan will also gain plenty of confidence from this week as he seeks to add the Wimbledon title to the Roland Garros he won last year.
Petra Kvitova’s victory after Jasmina Tinjic’s retirement takes her winning streak on the ITF Junior Circuit to 23 wins, stretching back almost a year. The Czech has been playing predominantly women’s events and has never played a junior Grand Slam. This win will give her confidence that she can make it a winning debut at Wimbledon.
Doubles results and photos will follow.