28 Jan 2012

Doubles finals provide excitement in Tarbes

Match Report

Busraa Un (TUR) and Shelby Baron (USA) and their coaches

Augustin Ledesma and Alfie Hewett booked their places in the boys' singles final on the penultimate day of the 2012 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes before going on to clinch the boys' doubles title later in the day.

Meanwhile, Shelby Baron also had a highly successful day, earning her place in the girls' singles final against defending champion Angelica Bernal before partnering Busra Un to win the girls' doubles after a titanic match against Bernal and Lauren Jones.

Top seed Ledesma, currently the world No.2 ranked junior, eased through the opening set of his boys' singles semifinal against fellow 17-year-old de Bie. The Argentinean, the men’s singles silver medallist at December’s Parapanam Games, then raced into a 5-1 second set lead and although his de Bie managed to retrieve one of the breaks against him Ledesma wrapped up the contest 62 63.

In the other semifinal 14-year-old Hewett went 4-2 up on his Dutch opponent Carlos Anker before securing a double break and converting the first of three set points. Anker’s only major success of the second set came early as Hewett went on to complete a dominant 62 61 victory.

Bernal and Baron went to three sets in the first of their three round robin matches this week and another fascinating contest is anticipated for Sunday’s girls' singles final after both players dropped just one game in their final group matches against Busra Un and Lauren Jones respectively.

Both doubles finals were settled in deciding match tiebreaks

In the boys' doubles de Bie and Staman capitalised on their greater experience as established doubles partners early in their final against Hewett and Ledesma and opened up a 3-0 lead.  Hewett and Ledesma levelled the match at 4-4 and took the lead for the first time at 5-4, but de Bie and Staman forced a first set tiebreak in which they proceed to gain the initiative to lead 3-1. However, Hewett and Ledesma bounced back again to snatch the set.

The Dutch pairing won the last four games of the second set to take the title decider into the match tiebreak, but Hewett and Ledesma built a 6-1 lead. Another shift in momentum saw de Bie and Staman come back to within one point of their opponents before Hewett and Ledesma gained their first two match points, but a tense conclusion saw them needing a third match points before sealing a 76(5) 26 (11-9) victory.

Bernal and Jones gained the crucial break at 5-3 en route to taking the first set in the girls' doubles final, but Baron and Un hit back and dropped just the fifth game of the second set.

A thrilling decider saw Bernal and Jones earn three match points at 9-6, a fourth match point at 10-9 and a fifth match point at 11-10, but they were unable to take advantage of them and went on to save a match point against them before Baron and Un finally sealed a 36 61 (14-12) victory.


Boys' Singles Semifinals

Augustin Ledesma (ARG) d, Rody de Bie (NED) 62 63
Alfie Hewett (GBR) d. Carlos Anker (NED) 62 61

Girls' Singles

Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Busra Un (TUR) 61 60
Shelby Baron (USA) d. Lauren Jones (GBR) 60 61

Boys' Doubles Final

Ledesma/Hewett d. de Bie/Staman 76(5) 26 (11-9)

Girls' Doubles Final

Baron/Un d. Bernal/Jones 36 61 (14-12)

Order of Play - Sunday, 29 January

Girls' Singles Final - 10.00 local time

Angelica Bernal (COL) v Shelby Baron (USA)

Boys' Singles Final - 12.00 local time

Augustin Ledesma (ARG) v Alfie Hewett (GBR)