Photo: Fred and Susan MullaneTami Grende (INA)
Ten players in total comprised the International 18&U ITF/GSDF Team this year, ending their tour on Sunday 6 July at the Junior Championships Wimbledon with very impressive results.
Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus dropped only one set in the boys’ singles event at the 50th Astrid Bowl Charleroi Belgian International Championships, and lifted the first trophy for the ITF/GSDF team. In the girls’ singles category, powerful Belarusian Iryna Shymanovich similarly battled through, taking home the first girls’ trophy in the singles category.
At the Roland Garros Junior French Championships, team member Ioana Ducu of Romania partnered with non-team member Ioana Rosca to take home the first trophy in the girls’ doubles event. The girls put in an excellent performance, eventually winning 11-9 in the match tiebreak.
The week following the Grand Slam Event, the junior team members produced some of the most impressive results for a touring team at the 22nd International Junior Tournament of Offenbach.
For the boys, Cypriot Petros Chrysochos and Juan Jose Rosas of Peru both reached the quarterfinals in the boys’ singles and, as partners, also secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the boys’ doubles. Luckily the boys did not meet in the singles draw as Seong Chan Hong of Korea Republic fought to secure a spot in the boys’ singles semifinals. The Korean duo of Hong and Ku Keon Kang reached the boys’ doubles finals to cap an excellent week for the team.
Amongst the girls, Romanian Iona Ducu produced her most impressive singles results on tour, reaching the quarterfinals, defeating Michaela Bayerlova of Czech Republic 62 63. The unbeatable top seed Iryna Shymanovich, from Belarus, powered through the German tournament, doing the team proud and raised a girls’ singles trophy for the second time on the tour.
In the girls’ doubles category, Shymanovich partnered fellow team member Brazilian Luisa Stefani and reached the final without dropping a set. In an all-touring team semifinal clash, Shymanovich and Stefani faced team members Tami Grende of Indonesia and Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez from Colombia. Shymanovich and Stefani won and progressed to the final where they were finished as runner-ups after losing to Miriam Kolodziejova of Czech Republic and Nina Potocnik of Slovenia, 36 76(1) [10-5].
Next up was the Wimbledon Junior Championships at SW19, which allowed the team to compete on grass, a first for many of the team. Peru’s Pedro Iamachkine impressed greatly, reaching the 3rd round of the boys’ singles as a lucky loser, having fallen in qualifying. Cypriot Petros Chrysochos, who had reached the 3rd round at Junior Roland Garros, caused a huge upset at Junior Wimbledon when he defeated No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France in the opening round of the Championships. Chrysochos also impressively reached the semifinals in the boys doubles.
The best result for the team at this year’s Junior Wimbledon Championships came in the girls’ doubles. Indonesian touring team member Tami Grende partnering China’s Qiu Yu Ye, took home the girls’ doubles trophy in a straight set victory. The pair knocked out the top seeds in the quarterfinals as they went on to claim their title.
The team is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund, providing players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition, but also the invaluable experince of travelling abroad as part of a team under the guidance of ITF coaches. This year three ITF/GSDF team coaches accompanied the team: Ivan Molina (COL), Roberta Burzagli (BRA) and Dermot Sweeney (ZAM).
Boys: Ku Keon Kang (KOR), Petros Crysochos (CYP), Seong Chan Hong (KOR), Juan Jose Rosas (PER), Pedro Iamachkine (PER)
Girls: Iryna Shymanovich (BLR), Luisa Stefani (BRA), Ioana Ducu (ROU), Tami Grende (INA), Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez (COL)
The full schedule
12-18 May 2014: 36th Torneo International “Citta Di Santa Croce” Mauro Sabatini 2014, Italy (G1)
19-25 May 2014: 55th Trofeo Bonfiglio 2014,Italy (GA)
26-31 May 2014: 50th Astrid Bowl Charleroi Belgian International Championships, Belgium (G1)
1-7 June 2014: Roland Garros Junior French Championships 2014, France (GA)
10-15 June 2014: 22st International Junior Tournament of Offenbach 2014, Germany (G1)
22-27 June 2014: Nike Junior International Roehampton 2014, UK (G1)
28 June- 6 July 2014: The Junior Championships, Wimbledon (GA)