08 Aug 2017

USA and Spain in fine form on day two in Prostejov

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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicAlexander Bernard (USA)

The USA boys’ team continued their impressive form at the ITF World Junior Tennis Championships on Tuesday, defeating Czech Republic 3-0 to top group A ahead of Italy.

Alexander Bernard and Toby Kodat recorded straight set singles victories over Lukas Hauge and Adam Jurajda before Kodat and Martin Damm defeated Hauge and Daniel Siniakov 62 75 in the doubles to complete a 3-0 win over the hosts.

“I started off pretty slowly but got better,” said Bernard. “There were some long points and there’s room for improvement but I got the win so it’s pretty good.”

Kodat and Damm both live in Florida but have Czech parents and spend their summers in the Czech Republic. The pair also boast strong tennis pedigree as Damm’s father is Martin Damm, the former ATP player who won the 2006 US Open doubles title, while Kodat’s half-sister is Nicole Vaidisova, who reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

Another team to put in a strong performance were Spain, who dropped just three games in three matches as they raced past Egypt in their group C match. 

Daniel Rincon Yague defeated Mohamed Salaheldin 61 62 in 57 minutes while the clash of the No. 1 players saw Carlos Alcarez Garfia double bagel Abd Elrahman Hassan in just 35 minutes. Spain’s doubles pairing of Alcarez and Marc Othman Ktiri needed even less time to triumph, easing past Youssef Sadek and Salahedin 60 60 in 32 minutes.

Peru’s Dana Guzman required longer than all of Spain’s three matches put together to find a way past Thailand’s Thamonpan Jonglertrakul in the opening singles rubber of their group C clash. The Thai player led 4-1 in the final set before Guzman reeled off five games in a row to secure the first point for her team in two hours 14 minutes.

“It was a very hard match,” said the 14-year-old from Arequipa. “She had very good fitness and was playing very well. I had to stay patient but be aggressive and was relieved to get the win.”

Peru’s No. 2 player Camila Soares defeated Thailand’s No. 1 player Punnin Kovapitukted 61 62 to give the No. 8 seeds an unassailable 2-0 lead before partnering Daianne Hayashida to victory over Jonglertrakul and Lanlana Tararudee by the same scoreline in the doubles.

The South American nation will face Russia, who defeated Morocco for the loss of just 11 games, in their final group match on Wednesday.

Russia also tasted victory in the boys’ event, inflicting a 2-1 defeat on defending champions Argentina to add to their 3-0 victory over Thailand on Monday. Next up for the No. 5 seeds will be Switzerland, who are quietly making their way through the group stages under the guidance of former Davis Cup winner Michael Lammer. The Swiss trio of Jerome Kym, Yarin Aebi and Till Brunner have yet to drop a set.

China upset No. 5 seeds France in the girls’ event when their match went to a deciding doubles rubber. France defeated Venezuela 3-0 on the opening day but a battling performance from the Chinese doubles pairing of Dong Na and Wei Sijia saw them triumph 75 76(5) and keep their quarterfinal hopes alive.

“We were 2-5 down in the first set and they had three set points and then we were leading 4-3 in the second set but it went to the tiebreak, so it was very close but finally we got the chance to win,” explained Dong Na.

Canada and Czech Republic also had to be separated by the doubles after Leena Bennetto and Darja Vidmanova both posted singles wins. The hosts snuck victory 62 36 10-7 to leave them in first place in group B ahead of Australia.

The top two seeds in the girls’ event, Ukraine and USA, made it two wins from two matches when they defeated Tunisia and Venezuela respectively. Ukraine will face No. 7 seeds Korea while USA will play France in their final group matches on Wednesday.