The Asian 14 & Under ITF/GSDF team completed a successful five-week trip to Europe last weekend playing the Tennis Europe 14 & Under circuit.
Chinese player Jia Qi Ren proved to be the most consistent female player on the Asian team playing in the finals of the first three events. Ren and teammate Himani Mor from India were runners-up in the girls’ doubles in the first week in Paris.
At the Windmill Cup in Velp, Ren continued her good form to reach the girls' singles final without dropping a set but was unable to overcome the No. 1 seed Amina Anshba, from Russia losing in three sets 57 61 64.
The third tournament saw Ren pair up with fellow touring team player Komola Umarova, of Uzbekistan, to win the girls’ doubles trophy in Nantes beating Emiliana Arango and Sofia Munera Sanchez from Colombia 36 62 [10-2].
On the boys' side, Indian Parikshit Somani and Yibing Wu, of China, had a tough path to reach the boys’ doubles finals in Hasselt, beating the No. 1 seeds, Joao Antonio, of Portugal and his Belgian partner Charles Tzicas 64 26 [10-7]. In the quarterfinals, the unseeded pair faced the fifth seeds Andrej Jokic, of Bosnia and Zura Tkemaladze, of Georgia dropping only three games to set up their place in the semifinals, where they met the Australian duo Benard Bruno Nkomba and Lucas Vuradin. Somani and Wu defeated the eighth seeds in straight sets 63 61.
Their successful run came to an end when they succumbed to Andres Donayre, of Peru and his Cypriot partner Eleftherios Neos in a three set thriller 64 06 [10-5].
The Asian team was one of three ITF/GSDF funded touring teams competing in five Young Stars tournaments, part of the Tennis Europe 14 & Under circuit. The teams comprise the
best players in the Under 14 age category and are selected through regional qualifying competitions.
Some of the Asian players had also been selected to represent their country and joined their national teams in Prostejov, Czech Republic to participate in the World Junior Tennis finals – Nitin Kumar Sinha,and Himani Mor and Mihika Yadav played for the Indian boys and girls’ teams respectively, whilst Vorachon Rakpuangchon and Charles Roberts represented
Thailand. The remaining team players took part in the Hasselt tournament during the final leg of the tour.
The tour provides a unique opportunity for players from South America, Africa and Asia to gain experience and compare their skills against the best European players.
|5 - 7 July
||Training Camp, Paris
|8 - 14 July
||BNP Paribas Cup, Paris, France
|15 - 21 July
||Windmill Cup, Velp, Netherlands
|22 - 28 July
||Balle Mimosa Cup, Nantes, France
|29 July - 4 August
||36 Int Deutsche Tennismeisterschaft, Dueren, Germany
|5 - 10 August
||Lapperre Young Champions Cup, Hasselt, Belgium
|5 - 10 August
||World Junior Tennis Finals, Prostejov, Czech Republic
To access the draw sheets from the various tournaments, please click here.