Photo: ITFBoys' doubles champions Alfie Hewett (GBR) and Chris Herman (USA)
Alfie Hewett of Great Britain and Angelica Bernal of Colombia both shared in the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles titles that were decided on Saturday’s penultimate day of play at the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France, as both defending champions also booked their places in Sunday’s singles finals.
Hewett and Chris Herman of USA withstood a strong second set challenge form Carlos Anker of the Netherlands and Nico Langmann of Austria to secure the boys’ doubles title 62 75, giving Hewett his second Junior Masters doubles title in successive years.
Fifteen-year-old Hewett will now face Anker in Sunday’s boys’ singles final. Hewett, the current world Nn. 1 ranked junior, beat his doubles partner Herman 63 64 in his singles semifinal, while Anker put up a fine performance to beat Anker 64 62.
Hewett and Anker have reached the final after both emerging from Group 1 in the round-robin phase of the competition, with Hewett beating Anker in their group match,
Bernal to bid for third Junior Masters singles title
Bernal is likely to face tough opposition from Diede de Groot of the Netherlands as she bids to lift her third Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters girls’ singles title on Sunday after both players won their final group matches comfortably.
After losing out to de Groot in the second of her round-robin matches, Bernal needed to beat South Africa’s Mariska Venter to earn her place in the final and she did just that with a 63 63 victory. Meanwhile, de Groot eased past Russia’s Polina Shakirova 60 60 to top the group at the end of he round-robin matches.
All four players faced each other again in a gripping girls’ doubles final that ended in a deciding match tiebreak as Bernal and Shakirova battled back to beat de Groot and Venter 36 75 (10-4).