13 Aug 2012

USA open with routine victories


NEWS ARTICLE

Francis Tiafoe (USA)

Girls

Group A saw top seeds USA cruise through their first matches at TK Prostejov, while eighth seeds Colombia fell to Slovakia.

Nicole Frenkel (USA) got the 2010 Champions off to a flying start with a 64 61 win over Himani Mor (IND) before Alicia Black sealed victory with a 64 64 win over Pranjala Yadlapalli.  Frenkel and Black went on to drop just two games in the doubles.

Slovakia wasted no time in asserting their dominance over the South American champions, with Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) romping to a 60 62 victory over Diana Monsalve (COL).  Compatriot Viktoria Kuzmova then took to the court against Juliana Valero to post a 61 61 win and confirm victory on day 1.

Group B saw host nation Czech Republic take on Argentina getting their campaign off to a winning start on day 1.   Denisa Cichova and Marie Bouzkova both won in straight sets against their respective opponents with the host nation fighting back from a set down to confirm victory in the doubles.

Australia’s Sara Tomic produced a solid display to get third seeds Australia a crucial win in the first rubber.  Aleksandra Pospelova then levelled the tie for Russia with a 62 64 win over Priscilla Hon of Australia.  The deciding doubles went the way of the seeds with Kimberly Birrel teaming up with Tomic to secure victory.

Group C saw the defeat of one of the top seeds as fourth seeds Germany fell to Croatia.  Both Petra Granic and Marija Curnic saw off their German opponents in straight sets.  Germany fought for what could prove to be an all-important win in the doubles as Katharina Gerlach and Lena Rueffer teamed up to beat Curnic and Granic in straight sets.

China got off to a shaky start against African Champions, Egypt.  Hana Mortagy posted a straight sets win over China’s Jia-Qi Ren before Si-Qi Cao stepped up to level the tie with a 63 60 victory over Habiba Lasheen.  Si-Qi Cao and Yue-Nu Li produced an impressive display in the doubles to secure the tie for the sixth seeds.

In Group D Great Britain’s Jazzi Plews got the second seeds off to a flying start against Thailand as she posted a 61 61 win over Manita Bootsarakomvisit.  Maia Lumsden then followed suit, and after a slow start sealed victory for the Brits 76(1) 61 over Napharat Sawangkaew (THA).  The doubles went the way of Team GB with Plews and Gabriella Taylor needing three sets to seal the 3-0 win.

The other tie in Group D saw seventh seeds Canada take on Peru.  Maria Paula Torres drew first blood for the underdogs with a 64 61 win over Rosie Johanson (CAN).  Katerina Kopcalic wasted little time in levelling the tie, dropping just one game against Camila Vargas.  Kopcalic teamed up with Vanessa Wong to seal victory for Canada, 64 62 against Vargas and Torres.

Boys

Top seeds USA started their World Junior Tennis finals campaign with a bang with a 3-0 defeat of Switzerland. The team of William Blumberg, Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe dropped only 11 games between them in their straight sets wins over their Swiss counterparts.

Elsewhere in Group A eight seeds Great Britain suffered a surprise defeat to Chinese Taipei. Tung Lin Wu (TPE) defeated Jay Clarke (GBR) in the second singles rubber to seal the victory. Team GB will be looking to post a stronger performance in tomorrow’s match against the USA.

The closest match of the day came in Group B between fifth seeds Germany and unseeded Australia. The opening rubber between Louis Wessels and Max Purcell went the distance before the German won the third set 63. The second rubber was equally hard fought with Samuel Sippel (GER) winning a titanic encounter against Oliver Anderson 10-8 in the third set and therefore clinching the win for Germany. The other match in Group B finished with fourth seeds Brazil defeating Mexico 3-0.

In Group C third seeds Spain defeated a plucky South Africa side 2-1. Eduard Guell Bartrina won a high quality match against Calvin Jordaan to give the Spaniards an unassailable 2-0 lead. However the South Africans battled hard and came from a set down to win the doubles rubber. In the other match in this group Japan defeated Chile 3-0, with wins for Riki Oshima, Renta Tokuda before Yuki Takamura teamed up with Renta Tokuda to win the doubles.

It was plain sailing for the seeds in Group D with second seeds Korea and seventh seeds Argentina posting wins over France and Czech Republic respectively. Defending champions Korea looked impressive with their number one Duck Hee Lee, who also played in last year’s finals, in imperious form defeating Geoffrey Blancaneaux 62 62.  Argentina saw off the challenge of hosts Czech Republic with Nicolas Bacella clinching victory with a three set win over Aleesandro Ricci 36 63 61.

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Photos

  • Francis Tiafoe (USA)Opening Ceremony WJTF 2012
  • Argentina doublesJay Clarke (GBR)
  • Jorge Nunez (MEX) taking the Players Oath at the Opening CeremonyJorge Nunez (MEX) taking the Players Oath at the Opening CeremonyWijitbanjong Pakkaro (THA)
  • Flags at World Junior Tennis Finals 2007Draw Ceremony WJT Finals 2012
  • Luca Santilli Making the draw at the WJT Finals 2012
  • Referee Stephane Cretois

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