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World Junior Tennis Finals 2008

Fizz
08-02-2008, 04:22 PM
World Junior Tennis Finals 2008

The 18th World Junior Tennis Finals will begin on the clay courts of TK Prostejov in the Czech Republic, on Monday.

For the 10th consecutive year, the club is hosting the official ITF team competition finals for boys and girls aged 14 & under.

From a total of 83 countries and a record 169 teams, 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams representing 23 nations have fought their way through regional qualifying competitions to take their place in this year’s Finals.

The 16 teams in each event will now be divided into 4 round robin groups, with the group winners progressing to the knockout stages, before the finals are played on Saturday.

Last years winners of the boys’ event, Australia, return to Prostejov to defend their title. They are joined by a strong French team. France were victorious in this year’s European Summer Cup, which acted as the final stage of qualifying in Europe. Both Russia and USA enter the tournament with highly regarded teams whilst the current South American champions, Brazil, will also challenge for honours, as will the boys and girls teams from South Africa, winners of the African Qualifying events.

In the girls’ event, the current world champions USA will defend their title, but can expect stiff competition from several nations in a very open field this year. The Ukraine are the current European champions following their Europa Cup victory. The beaten finalists that day were Russia, whose team will be lead by European U14 Number one Daria Gavrilova. Great Britain will also look towards the latter stages of the competition, as Laura Robson, current Junior Wimbledon champion, leads a strong team. The South America champions, Bolivia, return to Prostejov after a five year absence and the Asian champions, China will look to capture their first World Junior Tennis title.

Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters and Amelie Mauresmo are among the current stars who once played World Junior Tennis. This week’s competitors will be looking to take their own first steps along the road to becoming champions.

The Draw Ceremony will take place on Sunday evening at 8pm and play will begin on Monday morning after the Opening Ceremony.

Daily reports, photographs and results from the World Junior Tennis Finals can be found on the ITF Juniors website: www.itftennis.com/juniors.

Fizz
08-02-2008, 04:24 PM
The World Junior Team Competition Finals will be staged from 4-9 August 2008 for the tenth consecutive time in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

The qualifying for the 14 & under Finals has now been completed on all continents.

Here is the list of the 32 teams from 23 nations that have qualified for the Finals:

QUALIFIED COUNTRIES

WORLD JUNIOR TENNIS BOYS
AUSTRALIA
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA
CROATIA
CZECH REPUBLIC (host)
EGYPT
FRANCE
GREAT BRITAIN
INDIA
KOREA
PERU
RUSSIA
SOUTH AFRICA
USA
VENEZUELA


WORLD JUNIOR TENNIS GIRLS
AUSTRALIA
BELGIUM
BOLIVIA
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA
CZECH REPUBLIC (host)
GREAT BRITAIN
JAPAN
RUSSIA
SERBIA
SOUTH AFRICA
TUNISIA
UKRAINE
USA
UZBEKISTAN

Fizz
08-05-2008, 05:53 AM
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.


Group standings - Girls - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_34930_original.PDF

Group standings - Boys - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_34929_original.PDF

Girls results - 5th August - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_34928_original.PDF

Boys results - 5th August - http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_34927_original.PDF