There’s a tennis party in Stockholm. The last sixteen of Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris displayed an impressive level of tennis at the Royal Tennis Hall.
The tennis played throughout the tournament has been good, but there was a noticeable shift in tempo as the remaining players set their aim to the next round.
On the boys side we got to see some new faces shine. The French players William Jucha and Arthur Fils both showed skilful performances in their matches, and the Croatian Luka Mikrut managed to elevate his play to beat out one of the tournament favourites, Matthew William Donald (CZE).
The match between the one-year-younger boys (born 2005) Yaroslav Demin (RUS) and Alexander Blockx (BEL) also proved to be of excellent quality. They treated us to several intense duels and we all hope to see them both again at next year’s Kungens Kanna tournament.
The girls in Drottningens Pris managed to display an ever higher level of tennis. The match between Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) and Matilda Mutavdzik (GBR) looked to be real toss-up, but the Czech threat decided that it wasn’t and ended the match swiftly. Amelia Waligora (BEL) surprised in her match, beating out the #2 ranked in Europe Erika Andreeva (RUS). It is also worth mentioning Barbora Palicova’s (CZE) impressive form that she showed in her match.
– We have a lot of exciting matches to look forwards to. I am personally looking forwards to the match-up Oceane Babel (FRA) and top Europe ranked Diana Shnaider (RUS). I’m very happy to say that the trend of an increasingly international field is continuing, with a total of 11 nations represented in the last sixteen, Tournament Director Joe Beaton comments.
Now that the worst of the weather is finally behind us we hope to see more spectators dare the snow in order to see the world class junior tennis on display here at Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris.