Diede de Groot of the Netherlands beat defending champion Angelica Bernal of Colombia on Friday’s second day of the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France, leaving Bernal with an important final round-robin group match on Saturday if she is to keep her bid for a third Junior Masters title on track.
Meanwhile, Friday’s second set of group matches ended with the boys’ singles semifinal and boys’ doubles final line-up both decided.
De Groot edged out Bernal 64 64, leaving the Dutch 16-year-old unbeaten after her first two matches, while Bernal faces a must won contest against South Africa’s Mariska Venter on Saturday.
Like Bernal, Venter has one win and one loss after her first two matches after she came from a set down to beat Polina Shakirova of Russia. Shakirova built on a 3-1 lead to go on and take the opening set, but Venter snatched the second set and opened up a commanding 4-1 lead in the decider en route to wrapping up a 26 64 62 victory.
Boys’ singles semifinalists confirmed
Defending champion Alfie Hewett of Great Britain, Carlos Anker of the Netherlands, Austria’s Nico Langmann and American Chris Herman have won through to Saturday boys’ singles semifinals.
Hewett ended his three round-robin matches having dropped just one game after needing just 46 minutes to beat Anker 60 60 on Friday, Hewett’s victory left him at the top of Group 1, while Anker qualified for the semifinals in second place.
Hewett plays his doubles partner Herman in the last four after Herman recovered from a set down to beat Irag’s Hussein Hamid Hel 67(1) 62 63 and subsequently finish in second place in Group 2, just above Hel.
Langmann finished top of Group 2 after a 64 61 victory over South Africa’s Gift Lekhanyane and takes on Anker for a place in Sunday’s final.
The second day of play in Tarbes also included the boys’ doubles semifinals. Hel and South Africa’s Thato Tsomole began their semifinal in fine form, taking a 4-1 lead over Anker and Langmann, but Anker and Langmann came back strongly to clinch the opening set and then withstood another strong challenge in the second set to advance to the final 64 64.
The other semifinal proved much more clear-cut for Herman and Hewett, as they eased to a 62 60 win over Spain’s Martin de la Puente and Lekhanyane.
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