Yonex ITF Hamburg supported by Liebeskind Berlin
HAMBURG, GERMANY: The Yonex ITF Hamburg supported by Liebeskind Berlin took place at the Hamburger Tennis Verband in Hamburg from 15 – 20th January. Taking place on six indoor carpet courts this Grade 4 ITF Junior Circuit event attracted players from 15 countries.
This event is the first of seven ITF Junior events in Germany in 2013 and has in the past attracted players such as Sabine Lisicki and Julia Georges (GER) and Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS). After a hard fought qualifying competition over the first weekend of the tournament the main draw began on Tuesday 15th with the top seeds beginning their campaigns the following day.
The second seed Milen Ianakiev (GER) suffered a shock defeat in the second round to unseeded countryman Samuel Sippel. Sippel had represented Germany at last year’s World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic and is slowly finding his way on the ITF Junior Circuit. However there were no such upsets in the top half of the draw where top seed Viktor Kostin progressed through to the final without dropping a set. There he faced his doubles partner Felix Rauch from Germany who, despite being unseeded, had made his way efficiently through the draw. Kostin was too strong winning the title 64 36 64 before the pair teamed up to win the doubles final also.
Katharina Gerlach also represented Germany in the last year’s World Junior Tennis Finals, the ITF Team World Championships for played aged 14 and under. She received a wildcard in the Hamburg event and took full advantage progressing to the semi-finals where she faced her teammate from Prostejov Lena Rueffer. Gerlach won that match in three sets before outlasting Lisa Ponomar from Germany in the final to seal the singles title. She then teamed up with Rueffer to seal the doubles title also.