From 128 to 64
The first round of this prestigious Tennis Europe Under 14 tournament has been played out. Most seeded players got the job done and moved into the next round.
The bar was set high at the start of the main draw of the KK & DP this Monday. Out of the 30 Swedes that came under heavy fire, four girls and two boys survived.
Most of the tournament favourites kept their cool, but 8th seed Anna Paradisi (Italy) was defeated by Clervie Ngounoue (USA) despite taking the first set and leading 4-2 in the second. Ngounoue won the 12-year-old class Orange Bowl in December 2018.
Qualifier Filippo Romano from Italy put on a good show and convincing win against the 11th seeded Swiss player Kilian Feldbaush with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
– It was great that we had so many spectators during the first big day of main draw matches, for those around tomorrow it’s worth looking out for German player Georg Eduard Israelan. An exciting player who interestingly serves right-handed but plays left-handed, comments Joe Beaton, Tournament Director.
Four Swedish girls went through to round two of Drottningens Pris. On the boys’ side, Alfons Ridström (Åby TK) and Albert Saar from Lindingö TK (picture) have moved forward.
The organising club KLTK did not manage to succeed this time with any first-round wins. Vaida Matuseviciute had two match points but lost 7-5 in the end, and Sebastian Eriksson led 6-0, 3-0 against a skilled Daniels Tens from Latvia but failed to close the deal.