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Indonesian and West Asian team players dominated the 2014 ITF Asia 14 & Under Development Championships – Division 2 which took place at the Asian Tennis Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from 7-16 January. Fifty-two participants from 13 nations participated in the championships which comprised two tournaments during the 12-day event.
Third seed Muhammad D.A. Bathaqi took the boys’ singles title in the first tournament defeating fellow Indonesian Iswandaru Kusumo Putro 46 64 64 in the final. Putro then teamed up with Stefano Wirawan in the boys’ doubles event beating Bathaqi and his partner Sahibzada Ali, from Pakistan 67(5) 61 10-3 earning a second title for Indonesia.
Joleta Budiman added a third title when she secured the girls’ singles defeating Saba Najafi, from Iran 62 64 in the final. Najafi exacted her revenge in the girls’ doubles teaming up with Indonesian Samantha Nanere to beat Budiman and Safira Astuti, also from Indonesia 64 62 in the finals.
The second tournament saw Hazem Naw, from Syria win the boys’ single event defeating first tournament winner Bathaqi on his way to the finals. Naw then paired up with Kevin Chahoud, from Lebanon to win the boys’ doubles with a 64 26 10-7 win over the Yemeni pairing of Aziz Ahmed and Belal Al Huraibi.
On the girls’ side, Indonesian Nanere was victorious in the singles event with a win over compatriot Astuti 61 61. The doubles result was the reverse of the first week with Budiman and Astuti scoring a win over number one seeds Najafi and Nanere 64 64.
Indonesian players’ overall performance earned them the winning nation’s trophy.
The West Asian team, comprising players from Iran, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon achieved impressive results with Hazem Naw and Kevin Chahoud finishing in first and fourth place respectively in the boys’ event, and Saba Najafi claiming third place in the girls’ event.
The Division 2 event and West Asian team is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), which provides players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition but also the invaluable experience of travelling abroad as part of a team.
ITF Executive Director of Development, Dave Miley, attended the closing ceremony and said that he was impressed to see the improvement in the players’ level of play over the Championships. He thanked the ATF and Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand for their excellent organisation of the event.
Please see below for detailed results.