To flesh out our coverage of Tennis Europe events at U16, U14 and U12 level, we’re producing a new fortnightly feature each Monday, which summarises the young Brits in action across Europe at Category 1, 2 & 3 events.
You may have noticed we missed a week. Sorry about that. Just occasionally, life gets in the way. Do forgive us. But never fear – we’ve got a bumper, three-week edition for your right now, with a couple of champions to celebrate in the process.
Only one player in action at U16 level this week, with Henry Jones taking part at the Category 3 event in Baku, Azerbaijan. Jones came through his first round match 6-2 6-1 against Russian Nikita Chalov, but fell 6-0 6-3 to Russian top seed Egor Agafonov in the following round.
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It was a very good week for Brits at the Category 1 Bohemia Cafex Cup in Czech Republic this week, with a female champion and semi-finalist and a male quarter-finalist. Holly Fischer claimed a widely unexpected title from an unseeded position in the draw, taking out the fifth seed and the third seed in straight sets before meeting fellow Brit Emma Raducanu in the semi-finals. Also unseeded, Raducanu had beaten the second seed and the eighth seed to get there, but Fischer proved too strong with a 6-3 6-2 victory that took her to the final. There, Fischer met 11th seed Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and eased to the title 6-3 6-1. Also in action in the Girls’ draw was Victoria Subev, who reached the second round, and Holly Staff and Kylie Bilchev, who both disappointed slightly with first round exits.
In the Boys’ draw, Ali Hassan made the quarter-finals to continue his decent form of late. Hassan came through qualifying and his first round match before earning a slice of luck in the second round, securing passage to the third via a walkover. There, instead of meeting the top seed, he played Frenchman Noan Vandenhoute who had just dispatched the highest-ranked player in the draw in three long sets. Hassan came through before losing in the quarters to Romanian eventual finalist Radu Papoe. Meanwhile, Sam Bossem made the second round and Toby Samuel lost in the first.
Elsewhere at U14 level, Arber Gashi entered the Category 3 event in Montenegro, and won his first round match before defeat in the second.
Just the one player in action at U12 level in Week 18: Luke MacFarlane was entered into the Category 3 event in France, but won just two games against a French qualifier in the first round.
Again, not a huge amount to report from U16 level. At the Category 1 event in Spain, Oscar Weightman won one match while qualifier Joseph White was unable to win anything in the main draw, while at Category 3 level in Israel, Sam Bossem, despite being seeded 7th, could only manage one victory after a second round 6-1 6-2 defeat to an Israeli qualifier, who went on to reach the final.
Continuing their journey through central-eastern Europe, the main action was at the Category 2 event in Maribor, Slovenia, where there was a British semi-finalist and two quarter-finalists. In the Boy’s draw, fourth seed Derrick Chen fulfilled his seeding with a couple of hard-fought three-set victories before being inevitably defeated 6-4 6-3 by top seeded Swiss Jeffrey von der Schulenberg. Fifth seed Jack Pinnington-Jones was a disappointment, losing his first match.
There were five Girls in main draw action, with second seed Annali Olivelle and ninth seed Amelia Bissett both reaching the quarter-finals. Olivelle fell to Russian 11th seed Diana Lukyanova in straight sets, while Bissett lost a ding-dong battle against third seed Pia Lovric 1-6 6-1 6-0. Meanwhile, fourth seed MJ Changwereza and unseeded Tiana Fox and Indianna Spink all lost in the second round.
In other action, Victoria Subev turned up at the Category 1 event in Slovakia but fell in round one, while Gabriella Komsiiski lost in round one of the Category 3 event in Bulgaria
Just the one Brit in U12 action this week, and it wasn’t a bad performance for Tatiana Mouzykantskii, who won two matches to reach the quarter-finals of the Category 3 in Russia.
— MJ Changwereza (@MChangwereza) May 20, 2016
Again, most of this week’s Tennis Europe action came from Maribor, Slovenia, where there was another U14 Category 2 event. We had our second champion in three weeks after Kylie Bilchev shrugged off her disappointing performance in Czech Republic two weeks earlier to come up with an excellent victory over fellow Brit MJ Changwereza in the final. The pair, who were fourth and second seeds respectively, fought through a tough field to form an all-British final, but Bilchev was too strong for Changwereza on the day, winning 6-4 6-1 to wrap up the title. Elsewhere, Amelia Bissett reached the quarter-finals as the 11th seed, while top seed Annali Olivelle suffered an early defeat in the last-16. Tiana Fox made the second round while Indianna Spink was beaten in the first round. In the Boys’ draw, both Derrick Chen and Jack Pinnington Jones lost in the last-16 despite their fourth and ninth seedings respectively.
Elsewhere, Luka Petrovic won two matches at the Category 2 event in Serbia, including defeating 14th seeded Serbian Aleksa Mardjonovic, while at the Category 3 event in Poland, qualifier Daisy Chapman defeated a fellow qualifier in the first round before facing her undoing against the third seed in the second round. The other real success of the week, though, was Sam Bossem reaching the final of the Category 3 event in Israel where, as the top seed, he soared through to the final before a 0-6 6-1 6-2 collapse against 4th seeded Israeli Asaf Friedler.
One Brit in U12 action this week: Matilda Mutavdzic reached the final of the U12 in Estonia this week, losing 6-2 6-0 to Ada Piestryznska of Poland in the final.