22 Jul 2013

Mertens and Safiullin crowned champions in Linz

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Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) and Elise Mertens (BEL)

On the same day that Philippe of Belgium ascended the throne in Brussels to become the new king of Belgium, 17-year-old Belgian Elise Mertens crowned herself queen of the ITF Junior Open Linz on Sunday. Following her success in the girls doubles on Saturday, the top seed won the girls singles title with a 26 62 61 victory over her Slovakian opponent, Kristina Schmiedlova.

Despite losing the first set, Mertens grew in confidence in the second and played an almost faultless third set to see off her 15-year-old opponent. The Belgian impressed with her solid groundstrokes, mixing in some good sliced shots to break Schmiedlova’s rhythm. The Slovak player was able to reflect on an encouraging week, winning four matches in straight sets and improving her junior world ranking to No. 27.  Mertens left Austria on Sunday afternoon to participate at the European Girls Championships at Klosters, Switzerland.

Russia's Roman Safiullin won boys' title two weeks before his 16th birthday seeing off fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev 75 62. Safiullin avenged a defeat by his opponent at Berlin earlier this month to seal the title without dropping a set. While Medvedev appeared tired due to his heavy recent schedule, the 15-year-old showed incredible consistency in his service games and in his baseline play.

Unlike previous champions, Safiullin is not going to play in Klosters this week but is returning to Russia to try to get his hands on the Russian National Under 16 Championships trophy.

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