07 Aug 2017

China survive scare on opening day in Prostejov

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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicXiaofei Wang (CHN)

Second seeds China came through a tough encounter against Mexico on the opening day of the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov. The 2016 finalists battled back from a set down in the deciding doubles to claim a 2-1 victory.

“In the first set of the doubles we were 3-0 and 4-2 up but we lost focus, our level dropped and we ended up losing the set in the tiebreak,” said China’s No. 1 player Wang Xiao Fei. “Mexico were very motivated but once we concentrated on our service games and stayed focused we managed to win.”

Wang Xiao Fei, who was a member of the Chinese team which reached the final last year, lost just one game on his way to victory over Emiliano Aguilera in the second singles rubber to bring the tie level. Earlier, Eduardo Mustre had got Mexico off to a perfect start when he defeated Zheng Boren 64 61 in 68 minutes. 

“I have been training really hard so it’s nice to see the results of my efforts,” said the 14-year-old from Cordoba, who believed staying patient had played a big part in his victory.

Switzerland boys provided a shock on the opening day when they defeated defending champions Argentina. Jerome Kym and Yarin Aebi won their singles rubbers in straight sets before combining in the doubles to complete a 3-0 whitewash over the No. 4 seeds.

Canada came close to an upset in the girls’ event, eventually losing out to Australia in a match tiebreak in the doubles. Rachel Kimiko Krzyzak defeated Lara Walker 61 62 in the opening singles rubber to give the Canadians an early lead before Annerly Poulos levelled proceedings following her 61 62 victory over Melodie Collard. Poulos then combined with Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz to record a 61 46 10-7 win.

“We were expecting it to be tough today and it was,” said Poulos. “We were strong at the start of the doubles but it got really tight in the second set and we just had to keep going with our game, stay consistent and go for our shots.”

Girls’ top seeds Ukraine looked in great form as they cruised to victory over Bulgaria, while there were also victories for No. 3 seeds Russia and No. 5 seeds France. USA, the No. 2 seeds, defeated China 2-1 although they missed a match point in the doubles which could have given them a 3-0 victory.

Elsewhere in the boys’ event, top seeds USA recorded a 3-0 win over Australia, while Italy triumphed over hosts Czech Republic and Brazil overcame Serbia.