Photo: Martin SidorjakThe Canadian team of Denis Shapovalov, Benjamin Sigouin, Jack Mingjie Lin and their captain Aref Jallali
PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC: The ITF World Junior Tennis 5th – 12th place play-offs were completed today as the latter stages of the tournament were divided into two days.
The girls’ 5th place play-off was contested between unseeded India and Australia, the third seed, on centre court. Jaimee Fourlis took on Mihika Sanjoy Yadav in the opening rubber and wasted no time in giving Australia the lead, recording the second 60 60 victory of this year’s tournament in just 48 minutes.
India’s No. 1, Pranjala Yadlapalli, has had a good week but did not get off to the best of starts against Destanee Aiava, losing the opening set 61. She fought back well, taking the second set 64 before levelling the tie by winning the deciding set 62.
Yadlapalli’s win sent the tie into a deciding doubles rubber and, once again, it was the Australians who started the better of the two, Aiava and Fourlis taking the opening set 64. The Indian pair of Yadlapalli and Himani Mor fought back to take the second set 61 before recovering from a break down in the final set to win it 64 and clinch fifth place in this year’s tournament.
The boys’ 5th place play-off was contested by Argentina and Canada, seeds 5 and 6 in this year’s tournament. Benjamin Sigouin got the North Americans off to a flyer when he won the opening set of the tie 61 against Juan Bautista Otegui. Otegui fought back in the second set, forcing a tiebreak, but Sigouin proved too strong and won it 7-3 to give Canada a 1-0 lead.
Denis Shapovalov was the Canadian given the opportunity of sealing 5th place for his team, facing Camilo Ugo Carabelli. Much like the opening rubber, Canada started the stronger of the two and Shapovalov took the first set 62. The second set once again came down to a tiebreak and, once again, Canada prevailed, taking it 76(4) and sealing a 2-0 victory.
Great Britain finished in seventh place in the boys’ competition after they defeated Czech Republic 3-0. Finn Bass and Max Stewart each won their singles rubbers before teaming up to also win the doubles and claim a 3-0 victory.
In the girls’ competition, Romania finished seventh after they defeated South Africa 2-0. Ioana Guna got Romania off to the perfect start with a 60 60 victory over Minette van Vreden in just 38 minutes. Andreea Rosca then fought back from a set down to defeat Lee Barnard 46 63 64 to confirm the 2-0 win.
The teams finishing in ninth place are Turkey in the boys’ competition and Spain in the girls’. Turkey defeated Chile 2-0 in the boys’ competition. Kaya Gore won the opening rubber 62 64 to give Turkey the advantage, before Ergi Kirkin overcame Nicolas Acevedo 64 67(5) 64 to secure the win. The second rubber between Spain and Egypt in the girls’ play-off was just as epic with Egypt’s Laila El Nimr defeating Eva Guerrero Alvarez 46 61 76 to force a deciding doubles rubber. Unfortunately for El Nimr, Spain would go on to win the doubles rubber and, with it, the tie.
Great Britain finished in 11th place in the girls’ competition after they defeated Colombia 2-0. Katie Swan won the opening rubber 61 61 to put Britain 1-0 up before Georgina Axon overcame Sofia Munera Sanchez 63 16 64 for a 2-0 victory.
In the boys’ competition, Brazil will finish in 11th place having defeated Thailand in a deciding doubles rubber. Both the singles rubbers were won in straight sets but the doubles rubber went the distance with the Brazilian team of Lucas Cruz and Gabriel Decamps winning 7-2 in the final set tiebreak.
Tomorrow sees the finals, the third place play-offs and the 15th place play-off.
A full round-up of today's matches can be found here.
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