06 Dec 2012

Ana Floris leads entrants in Africa


NEWS ARTICLE

By  Nick Fishpool

Photo: Mariangela Iannotta e Fabbio CappelliAnna Floris (ITA)

December will see ITF Pro Circuit tennis action return to Djibouti for two back-to-back tournaments on the Women’s Circuit. The tournaments, which begin the week commencing 10 December, follow on from the ITF Pro Circuit’s first visit to the Northeast African nation in December 2011.

As in 2011, the two tournaments will be offering $10,000 in prize money.

The inaugural tournament in 2011 saw India’s Shivika Burman triumph as an unseeded entrant in what was a well-earned title win following her successive defeats of seeded players in four consecutive rounds, including the final.

In the following tournament, Russia dominated, producing all four semifinalists and it was the number one seed Alexandra Romanova who eventually took the title.

2011 also saw Alexandra Romanova triumph in both doubles finals with partner Poojashree Venkatesha from India.

New title winners are assured in 2012 as, unfortunately, neither Burman nor Romanova will be returning to defend their titles. Leading the contenders in both weeks will be Italy’s Anna Floris (ranked at 245 as at both entry deadlines) and Margarita Lazareva from Russia (ranked at 358 and 353 at each entry deadline respectively).

As the highest ranked entrant, Floris will be hoping to end a run of three years without a title whilst Lazareva will be hoping her past experience in Djibouti – she was runner-up and semifinalist respectively in the two tournaments held in 2011 – will give her the advantage over her fellow competitors.

You can follow the action here on the ITF website, where results will be uploaded at the close of play each day, on the tournament’s home pages accessible direct from the Pro Circuit website’s home page.

If you will be attending either, or both, of these tournaments then you can share your views and photos with other tennis fans by posting to our official Facebook page or, if using Twitter, by including the hashtag #ITFprocircuit in your Tweets.



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