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Martin de la Puente of Spain and Viktoriia Lvova of Russia made it back-to-back boys’ and girls’ singles titles at the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters as this year’s tournament came to a close on Sunday in Tarbes, France.
De la Puente and Lvova both left Tarbes with singles and doubles titles for the second year in a row, too, after partnering Jef Van Dorpe and Luz Esperanza Merry to victory in the doubles finals on the penultimate day of competition.
The world’s premier individual event for junior wheelchair tennis players takes place alongside the last four days of Les Petits As, the prestigious tournament for non-disabled players where Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray first met as 13-year-olds
On the day when Djokovic and Murray met in the final of the Australian Open once again, de la Puente dropped the opening game of the boys’ singles final in Tarbes to USA’s Chris Herman.
However, with Herman in his first singles final in Tarbes after a string of semifinal appearances, the 18-year-old American was unable to stay with 16-year-old de la Puente, who won the next six games to take the opening set.
De la Puente took his momentum into the second set and built a 5-0 lead before Herman got on the scoreboard again.
The reigning champion then earned himself three match points but Herman saved the first with a crisp cross court winner and de la Puente missed his target with a forehand down the line. However, Herman could not save the third match point and sent a forehand into the net to hand victory to de la Puente 61 61.
Lvova had beaten Merry 6-2, 6-2 in their round-robin match. However, Merry broke Lvova in the first game of the final and proved a much tougher proposition than earlier In the tournament as the two players exchanged breaks a series of breaks en route to a first set tiebreak.
Only in the first set tiebreak did Lvova start to dominate, taking it and the set with seven straight points.
The second set began with another exchange of breaks, but Lvova was the one to earn a clear cushion, taking a 4-2 leading before wrapping up a 76(0) 63 victory.
2016 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters Results