The semifinals at Kungens Kanna / Drottningens Pris held some great tennis matches, and with two well contested doubles finals to finish, it was a great
day at the Royal Tennis Hall. Todays girls semifinal between Maja Chwalinska from Poland versus Oona Orpana from Finland was an even contest in the first set. The quick, ball striking Pole Chwalinska, who has impressed during the week, held on but Orpana managed to win a tough first set. In the second set the Fin found another level. Her heavy serve and groundstrokes overpowered Chwalinska and Orpana went through to the finals 7-5, 6-1.
In the other all-russian semifinal, Tayisa Pachkaleva was up against Kamilla Rakhimova. Rakhimova came from two tough three set wins and could not withstand the great shots of Pachkaleva who made it to the finals 6-2, 6-1. In the Kungens Kanna, Timofey Skatov was up against Finnish competitor, hard-hitting Peetu Pohjola who won the first set and made Skatov work for a spot in the finals. In the second, Pohjola failed to find his consistency and Skatov capitalized. In the deciding set some of the tournaments best tennis was played. Pohjola gave it all with his big serve and fantastic backhand but Skatov managed to return well and raise his level to get the win 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The second boys semifinal was Great Britains Jack Draper against frenchman Allan Deschamps on court two this afternoon. The two were evenly matched and the first set was closer than what the scoreboard said. In the second, both players were pushed to their best level of tennis. Jack however looked better on the day, had less unforced errors and came through 6-3, 6-3.
The girls doubles event Drottningens Pris was won today by Maja Chwalinska (POL) and Anna Laguza (UKR) who have played very well during the week. In a well contested doubles final against Margaryta Bilokin (UKR) and Kseniya Yersh (BLR), Chwalinska/Laguza took a commanding lead by winning the first set by playing solid both from the baseline and at the net. The second set would go even better for the Polish-Ukranian duo who went on to win the final 6-3, 6-2.
Jack Draper from Great Britain and Alexander Zgirovsky from Belarus teamed up to win the doubles event at Kungens Kanna against french duo Allan Deschamps and Loris Pourroy. The first set was evenly contested but Draper/Zgirovsky managed to break the frenchmen and win the first set 6-4. In the second Deschamps/Pourroy was pushed even harder by Draper/Zgirovsky and had to give in, final score: 6-4, 6-2.
The winners in the doubles event were presented with the Peter Wallenbergs Honorary
Prize. Tomorrows singles finals start at 10.30 on the center court and will have on stage some of the worlds best junior tennis players. We are looking forward to welcoming members, crowd, players, relatives and coaches to this years best junior tennis event.
You can watch the finals live online on our tournament website: www.kungenskanna.com or www.drottningenspris.com .
The finals will be commentated by tennis expert Johan Porsborn and KLTKs Head Coach Magnus Ennerberg.