30 Sep 2012

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21:18 You can check out the complete results at the bottom of the article

19:01 And here is the final article of the day and the tournament:

And the winners are....

By Sandra Harwitt

The 2012 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas came to a fitting conclusion in the early evening on Sunday with a traditional medal ceremony.

The champions -- USA for the girls and Italy for the boys -- were awarded the gold medals. In the Fed Cup, the Russians took the silver medal and Brazil went home with the bronze. In the Davis Cup, Australia won silver and the USA claimed the bronze.

After the medalists were feted -- the girls first and the boys’ second -- and the winning nations’ national anthems were played -- the ceremony concluded with a group of about 30 people forming a human pyramid with two young children at the top, who held up an Italian and U.S. flag.

As it worked out, the Fed Cup competition stayed true to the seeding with the top-seeded USA beating second seeds Russia 3-0 on Sunday to be anointed the 2012 champions. The American amigos won all 14 matches they played throughout the competition.

Taylor Townsend lived up to her expectations as the No. 1 junior girl in the world, winning her singles and pairing with regular doubles partner Gaby Andrews in the doubles. The Townsend and Andrews duo won two Grand Slam titles together this year.

The big surprise for the Americans was 16-year-old Louisa Chirico, joining a USTA team for the first time. Chirico captured all five singles matches she played without even dropping a set. As Gabby Andrews said after their win, “I have a new best friend. Louisa was great to have on the team.”

The Russians were seeded second and that’s how they finished, although they were clearly disappointed to be unable to win any of the three matches they played against the USA on Sunday.

In the third and four place play-off, Brazil took a 2-1 win over Australia to find their way to the medal platform.

The final standings for the Junior Fed Cup: 1st USA, 2nd Russia, 3rd Brazil, 4th Australia, 5th Spain, 6th Germany, 7th Italy, 8th Paraguay, 9th Egypt, 10th South Africa, 11th Latvia, 12th Japan, 13th Mexico, 14th Korea, 15th Belarus, 16th China.

Italy, the second seeds, captured the 2012 Junior Davis Cup title with an exciting 2-1 win over third seeds Australia. The matches went down to the wire, the competitors competed fiercely, and they gathered the attention of a sizable crowd that gravitated to see the two nations battle.

After splitting the singles matches -- Harry Bourchier beating Filippo Baldi 46 76 (2) 10 8 in the first match, Gianluigi Quinzi levelling the encounter by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 16 60 63. That left it up to the decisive doubles match in which Quinzi and Baldi prevailed over Bourchier and Kokkinakis 60 36 62.

The Australian faltered on Bourchier’s serve in the sixth game of the third set to allow Italy to move ahead 4-2. Kokkinakis was so upset when they lost their serve he couldn’t contain his emotions.

Italy won the next two games to close out the competition for this year.

Top seeds USA went home with the bronze in the Davis Cup after taking an insurmountable 2-0 lead over France earlier in the day.

The final standings for the Junior Davis Cup: 1st Italy,  2nd Australia, 3rd USA, 4th France, 5th Sweden, 6th Russia, 7th Korea, 8th Argentina, 9th Japan, 10th Peru, 11th Spain, 12th China, 13th Brazil, 14th Mexico, 15th Morocco, 16th Egypt.

It seems as if everyone just arrived in Barcelona to play at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. But now it is all over for this year. But fear not, another group of talented juniors will be making the scene next year to compete at the 2013 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas and to make new friends from around the world.

18:15 Captain Simone Colombo receives the customary soaking by his delighted team:

Simone Colombo - Italy Junior Davis Cup Captain

18:01 Italy captured the 2012 Junior Davis Cup title with a 2-1 win over Australia.

Gianluigi Quinzi and Filippo Baldi (ITA)

The decisive doubles went to Gianluigi Quinzi and Filippo Baldi of Italy over Thanasi Kokkinakis and Harry Bourchier of Australia 60 36 62.

It was 2-3 with the Aussies serving in the final set when Italy grabbed the decisive service break to go ahear 4-2. This so angered Kokkinakis that he smashed his racket and then flung it aside.

Italy held serve to 5-2 and then broke again in the final game at 30-40 with Kokkinakis serving.

The Italians hugged and the Australians shrugged as Italy takes top billing and Australia second place at this year’s event.

17:51 dark clouds overhead... fingers crossed it doesn't hold up play..

17:40 check out our video with the USA Fed Cup Champions at the bottom of the page!

17:32 Here's a pic of the USA girls celebrating their victory:

USA Junior Fed Cup Champions

17:18 The Italian pair of Gianluigi Quinzi and Filippo Baldi flew into a one set lead 6-0 before Australians Thanasi Kokkinakis and Harry Bourchier dictated terms in the second set to level the match. This is going down to the wire..

17:02 The Centre Court stands are quite a sight, a mosaic of national colours, with teams from around the world, including USA, South Africa, Spain, Korea, Mexico, Belarus, Peru, Sweden, Brazil, Egypt and China. All are engrossed by the Junior Davis Cup final being played out before them by Italy and Australia.

16:25 While the Italian and Australian boys are just warming up for their double duel to determine which team will that the honors of being the 2012 Junior Davis Cup champions, on the adjacent court the USA wrapped up their Fed Cup win with a 63 64 win over Alina Silich and Daria Kasatkina for a 3-0 win in the final.

Team USA won all 15 matches they’ve played this week. Noah Rubin of the USA boys’ team, which placed third in the competition, was courtside watching the final moments of the girls’ win.

16:00 In the Junior Davis Cup USA took the bronze medal with a 2-0 victory over France. Stefan Kozlov (USA) defeated Quentin Halys (FRA) 67(4) 64 64 which was followed by Noah Rubin (USA) defeating Johann Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) 64 63 to seal the bronze for the top seeds.

14:33 Here's the latest update from Sandra Harwitt:

Go USA, still going between Australia and Italy

The USA Fed Cup team secured their victory when Taylor Townsend took a 26 63 61 win over Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia.

The USA girls were on the court and did some high fives for their win, but kept it low key as Kulichkova left the court in tears.

Not that much later, Team USA came to the dining room for a quick lunch before going back out on the court to play the doubles match. All the girls started with a green salad and Louisa Chirico and Gaby Andrews had pasta. Townsend’s and Rinaldi’s main course never arrived.

Germany’s Antonia Lottner arrived in the room shortly after losing her match to Sara Sorribes of Spain 63 63, leaving Spain with an insurmountable 2-0 lead in a play-off for the 5th-8th placements.

Lottner called over to Taylor Townsend a “congratulations.” Lottner then added, “You’re the best. You deserve it.” And then she walked over and took Townsend into a bear hug.

The conversation briefly changed to dancing at tonight’s farewell party before everyone went off to where they had to be.

“I’ve seen her at other tournaments,” Townsend said. “Yes, we’ve become friends.”

On the way back from the clubhouse, I spotted a nervous Carlotta Quinzi watching her son’s match from far enough away that binoculars might have been in order. She stood behind an outer bush, but she had nothing to worry about as Gianluigi was 4-0 ahead in the third set. Quinzi took the win over Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 16 60 63, which after Bourchier of Australia beat Filippo Baldi in a three-set marathon that went to 10-8 in the third set, it will be the doubles that will decide which nation will be this year’s champion.

14:00 Quinzi wraps up the match 16 60 63 to level the Junior Davis Cup final and push the tie into a decisive doubles match.

13:53 Gianluigi Quinzi was storming towards levelling the tie as he took the second set 60 and sped to a 50 lead in the third. But Kokkinakis has displayed some true Aussie grit to get back to 53 in the third set...

13:32 The second match in the Junior Davis Cup final is proving just as entertaining as the first. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) stormed to the lead over Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA), taking the first set 61. However, Quinzi, the highest ranked junior in the event, is fighting back in the second, he's up 50 in the second....

13:19 Junior Davis Cup

A Match to be Remembered

Harry Bourchier of Australia walked off the court drenched and breathing heavily and it’s no surprise that his opponent, Filippo Baldi, looked even more fatigued in defeat.

While Bourchier, a native of the tiny island of Tasmania who trains at the National Tennis Center in Melbourne, won the encounter 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-8, there’s no denying that they both deserve incredible credit for their play in the 3 hour, 6 minute match.

Unless something unusual happens this match will go down as the epic battle of this year’s Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals.

The small bowl area around the stadium court was filled and others hearing the cheering -- Baldi had more fans probably because of the closer proximity of Italy to Spain -- and started hanging over the rails.

This was an encounter that a fan could see any day in the pros. Even when fatigue set in during the one hour, 30 minute final set, the players found the reserve to keep on going.

In the end, it was Baldi, seen trying to stretch his legs in the last few games, who gave in first. He lost his serve in the 17th game to allow Bourchier to serve for the match at 9-8. It took Bourchier two match points in the final game -- Baldi saved the first at 40-30 with an exquisite forehand crosscourt winner. The final match point came on a lucky shot where Bourchier’s ball hit the top of the net and just bounced over -- he quickly raised his hand with an apology to Baldi. The final shot was a Baldi backhand into the net and that’s when the crowd gave both players a great round of applause.

On the court, captains Mark Woodforde for Australia and Simon Colombo for Italy, who both played on the tour, were tussling both teens hair and congratulating them with an arm around their backs hug. Well deserve for an excellent performance.

As they say in the pros it’s a few key points that win a match. Proof it’s true with top quality juniors too: Only two points separated Bouchier from Baldi - the Australian won 111 of the 202 points played and Baldi won 109 points.

13:10 Harry Bourchier wins a thrilling first in the Junior Davis Cup Final 46 76(2) 10-8 to give Australia a 1-0 lead. His opponent Filippo Baldi (ITA) pushed him all the way in that 3 hour epic.

13:00 A couple of hundred spectators are currently enthralled by the match between Italy's Filippo Baldi and Australia's Harry Bourchier on Centre Court as it moves deep into a decisive third set...

12:06 The USA girls’ just took a 1-0 lead over Russia when Louisa Chirico won a 64 63 encounter over Alina Silich of Russia.

Team mates Taylor Townsend and Gaby Andrews were watching the 16-year-old Chirico intently as the match progressed, rooting her on with “Go Lo,” “Right here, Lo.”

“I was a little nervous to start off but I kept focused and played through it,” said Chirico, right off the court. “I was glad to be able to pull that one out.”

Chirico has won all five singles matches she’s played during the week.

Townsend and Andrews sat atop the ring of the stadium and were also busy listening to music on their Beats Dr Dre headphones -- Taylor’s are bright orange and Andrews are purple. They must have a pretty good sound as I was tipped that they cost $400 USD. And I could hear Chris Brown coming out of Taylor’s headphones quite clearly.

As Chirico was finishing her match, Townsend started a little warmup routine for her match against Elizaveta Kulichokova -- a bit of shuffling like a boxer, a bit of skipping.

Chirico, who is a native New Yorker and started working two years ago at the USTA’s training center at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows didn’t have to serve out the match. Silich double-faulted at 15-40 to give Team USA the present of the first match win.

“She’s a good player and won a $10k,” Kathy Rinaldi said. “She’s had some very good results. She’s a vey nice kid. She has a beautiful game".

Check out the audio from Louisa Chirico below.

10:00 The sun has returned to Barcelona and play is underway in all matches.

9:45 Here's the preview of finals day at the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup Finals

Sunday settles the competition

By Sandra Harwitt

It rained so hard and so continuously all day Saturday that it seemed as if it might never stop.

But, alas, this morning everyone in Barcelona woke up to a mixture of clouds with sun trying to break through and, most importantly, dry weather.

The significance: There will be outdoor play on the final day of Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. And if it becomes necessary there are indoor courts reserved to guarantee completion today.

Since there was no action on the courts on Saturday the final standing results in both competitions will be determined today. There are 16 places that need to be filled in by the end of today, most notably which nations will be declared the 2012 boys’ and girls’ champion.

In the Junior Davis Cup, it will be second seeds Australia and third seeds Italy vying for the honor to be this year’s champions. While the USA were top-seeded, Italy’s Gianluigi Quinzi and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkanakis -- the lead players’ of their teams -- clearly have more overall experience than the rest of the field.

And now the two will go off against each other in the final, which will be their first career meeting.

Team USA will square off against each other to decide third and fourth place Davis Cup finishes.

In Fed Cup, the USA girls’ have solidly backed up their top ranking by winning all 11 matches they’ve played heading into the final against second seeds Russia. The Russians also reached the final without dropping a match in 11 played.

Taylor Townsend, ranked No. 1, will meet up with No. 7 Elizaveta Kulichkova for the first time. On paper, Townsend’s the more accomplished player as the reigning Australian Open junior singles and doubles champion, and the doubles champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. But Kulichkova is a feisty player and will likely hang with Townsend throughout the encounter and if she’s playing her best could even score an upset.

Third seeds Brazil and sixth seeds Australia will play for third and fourth placement.

Final Standings Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

1st –  Italy
2nd – Australia
3rd –  USA
4th –  France
5th –  Sweden
6th –  Russia
7th –  Korea
8th –  Argentina
9th –  Japan
10th – Peru
11th – Spain
12th – China
13th – Brazil
14th – Mexico
15th – Morocco
16th – Egypt

Final Standings Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

1st – USA
2nd – Russia
3rd – Brazil
4th –  Australia
5th – Spain
6th– Germany
7th– Italy
8th – Paraguay
9th – Egypt
10th – South Africa
11th – Latvia
12th – Japan
13th –  Mexico
14th- Korea
15th – Belarus
16th – China

BOYS FINAL:

ITALY [2] defeated AUSTRALIA [3] 2-1:

Harry Bourchier (AUS) d. Filippo Baldi (ITA) 46 76(2) 10-8

Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 16 60 63

Filippo Baldi/ Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) d. Harry Bourchier/Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 60 36 62

 

BOYS THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF:

USA [1] defeated FRANCE [4] 2-0:

Stefan Kozlov (USA) d. Quentin Halys (FRA) 67(4) 64 64

Noah Rubin (USA) d. Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) 64 63

Doubles not played

 

BOYS PLAY-OFF 5-8

SWEDEN [8] defeated RUSSIA [7] 2-0 :

Daniel Windahl (SWE) d. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 62 57 62

Elias Ymer (SWE) d. Karen Khachanov (RUS)  63 76 (4)

Doubles not played

KOREA [5] defeated ARGENTINA [6]  2-0 :

Seong Chan Hong (KOR) d. Franco Egea (ARG) 75 60

Hyeon Chung (KOR) d. Francisco Bahamonde (ARG) 62 1-0 ret.

 

BOYS PLAY-OFF 9-12

JAPAN defeated PERU 3-0

Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN)  d. Petr Iamachkine (PER) 64 26 63

Ken Onishi (JPN) d. Nicolas Alvarez (PER) 62 62

Naoki Nakagawa/Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) d. Wilder Pimentel/Petr Iamachkine (PER) 63 62

SPAIN defeated CHINA 2-0:

Jaume Antoni Munar (ESP) d. Su-Hao Zhong (CHN)  64 64

Ferran Calvo (ESP) d. Zhe Zhou (CHN) 64 64

Doubles not played

BOYS PLAY-OFF 13-16

BRAZIL defeated MEXICO 2-0:

Marcelo Tebet Filho (BRA) d. Andres Illescas (MEX) 61 63

Marcelo Zormann Da Silva(BRA) d. Kevin Jack Carpenter (MEX) 60 60

Doubles not played

MOROCCO defeated EGYPT 2-0:

Mehdi Laalej (MAR) d. Omar Argoun (EGY) 62 61

Amine Zahoud (MAR) d. Youssef Sherif (EGY) 61 75

Doubles were not played

GIRLS FINAL:

 

USA [1] defeated RUSSIA [2] 3-0:

Louisa Chirico (USA) d. Alina Silich (RUS) 64 63

Taylor Townsend (USA) d. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 26 63 61

Taylor Townsend/Gabrielle Andrews (USA) d. Daria Kasatkina/Alina Silich (RUS) 63 64

 

GIRLS THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF:

BRAZIL [3]  defeated AUSTRALIA [6] 2-1:

Zoe Hives (AUS) d. Carolina Meligeni Alves (BRA) 26 64 61

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)  d. Isabelle Wallace (AUS) 46 61 86

Beatriz Haddad Maia/Carolina Meligeni Alves (BRA) d. Naiktha Bains/Isabelle Wallace (AUS) 46 63 62

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF 5-8

SPAIN  defeated GERMANY 2-1:

Katharina Gerlach (GER) d. Maria Jose Luque (ESP) 61 57 61

Sara Sorribes (ESP)  d. Antonia Lottner (GER) 63 63

Sara Sorribes/Maria Jose Luque (ESP) d. Antonia Lottner/Katharina Gerlach (GER) 63 62

ITALY [5] defeated PARAGUAY 2-1:

Sara Gimenez (PAR) d. Deborah Chiesa (ITA) 62 64

Giulia Pairone (ITA) d. Camila Giangreco (PAR) 61 64

Georgia Brescia/Deborah Chiesa (ITA) d. Sara Gimenez/Gabriela Ferreira (PAR) 26 63 75

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF  9-12

EGYPT [7]  defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-0:

Sandra Samir (EGY) d. Theresa Van Zyl (RSA) 64 62

Mayar Sherif (EGY) d. Ilze Hattingh (RSA) 64 36 62

Doubles not played

 

LATVIA [4]  defeated JAPAN 2-1:

Natsuho Arakawa (JPN) d. Darte Elizabete Emulina (LAT) 57 62 61

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Mami Adachi (JPN)  76(3) 62

Jelena Ostapenko/Darte Elizabete Emulina (LAT) d. Mami Adachi/Nozomi Ohya (JPN) 64 64

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF  13-16

MEXICO defeated KOREA 2-1:

Ah Song (KOR) d. Antonella Bramato (MEX) 26 75 61

Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Yeongwon Jeong (KOR) 76(1) 76(2)

Renata Zarazua/Constanza Gorches (MEX) d. Dahye Kim/Yeongwon Jeong (KOR) 76(2) 62

 

BELARUS defeated CHINA [8] 2-0:

Palina Dubavets (BLR) d. Chan Zhang (CHN) 62 60

Iryna Shymenovich (BLR) d. Jia-Qi Kang (CHN)  60 64

Doubles not played

 




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