Photo: Roy Smiljanic PhotographyAlfie Hewett (GBR)
Augustin Ledesma and Alfie Hewitt continued to dominate the boys' events at the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France on Friday as they both reached the boys' singles semifinals undefeated after their three round-robin matches and eased into Saturday’s boys' doubles final.
Ledesma, the men’s singles silver medallist at last November’s Parapanam Games, eased past Carlos Anker of the Netherlands 62- 60 in his final round-robin match as both players progressed from their group to the knockout stages of the boys' singles.
Hewett secured his first career win over Rody de Bie of the Netherlands, the 14-year-old Briton winning their contest 63 61 after securing an immediate break in the first set and racing into a 4-0 second set lead. Hewett will now play Anker in the semifinals, with de Bie also advancing to the last four, where he will meet Ledesma.
In the girls' singles, the second set of group matches saw Colombia’s defending champion Angelica Bernal get the better of some tight games against Britain’s Lauren Jones to establish a 5-0 first set lead. However Jones then started to fine her range and won three games in a row, saving a set points at 5-2 down before Bernal wrapped up the set.
In the second set Bernal raced into a 4-0 lead before having her next service game broken. Jones managed to save three match points at 5-1 down, but Bernal finally completed a convincing 63 61 victory.
After taking Bernal to three sets on the first day of tournament play in Tarbes, Shelby Baron maintained her hopes of reach the girls' singles final as she won all the big points against Turkey’s Busra Un. Despite a series of close games, Baron went on to win 60 60 in 62 minutes, exactly the same time that it took Bernal to beat Jones.
Saturday’s penultimate day of play will include both the boys' doubles and girls' doubles finals as well as the boys singles semifinals.
DAY 2 RESULTS
Boys' Group 1
Augustin Ledesma (ARG) d. Carlos Anker (NED) 62 60
Marcos Sousa (BRA) d. Shepherd Banda (ZIM) 64 63
Boys' Group 2
Alfie Hewett (GBR) d. Rody de Bie (NED) 63 61
Jeroen Staman (NED) d. Ryan Nelson (USA) 61 63
Boys' Doubles Semifinals
Hewett/Ledesma d. Banda/Sousa 60 60
De Bie/Staman d. Anker/Nelson 62 64
Shelby Baron (USA) d. Busra Un (TUR) 60 60
Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Lauren Jones (GBR) 63 61
Order of Play – Saturday, 28 January
Busra Un (TUR) v Angelica Bernal (COL)
Shelby Baron (USA) v Lauren Jones (GBR)
Boys' Singles Semifinals
Rody de Bie (NED) v Augustin Ledesma (ARG)
Carlos Anker (NED) v Alfie Hewett (GBR)
Boys' Doubles Final
Ledesma/Hewett v de Bie/Staman
Girls' Doubles Final
Bernal/Jones v Un/Baron