Top seeds will clash in the boys’ final of Dubai junior tennis
Dubai The top two seeds will clash in the boys’ singles final
while one of the qualifiers will be hoping to continue her dream
run in the girls singles final at the 9th Dubai
ITF Tennis Juniors being played at
the Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Top seed Julian Lenz eased his way past doubles partner and
third seed Haadin Bava of India 6-1, 6-3; while second seed
Constantin Christ defeated fourth seed Jannis Kahlke 6-3, 6-3 for
an all-German boys’ singles final today.
In the girls’ singles, seventh seed Despoina Vogasari of Greece
beat Dutch girl Maurien Rikkert 6-3, 6-3 to set up a
much-anticipated clash against Italian qualifier Deborah Chiesa who
outplayed Turkish qualifier Naz Karagoz 6-1, 6-1 in the second
“She [Vogasari] was consistent and my serve gave way,” lamented
Rikkert after her loss in straight sets to the third seed from
“This was a good tournament for me and I put it down to bad
luck,” added the Dutch girl.
Italian Chiesa is enjoying her run after coming through the
qualifiers last Saturday. “I came to play and I realised that I can
all go all the way here after the qualifying round,” Chiesa
Chiesa, who is here with her mother Alessandra and older sister
Giorgia, is confident she can even win today. “Now that I am here,
I don’t want to stop. I want to win,” added the 16-year- old.
Karagoz was disappointed in the manner in which she succumbed to
her opponent from Greece. “I didn’t feel good at all. Today was not
my day,” Karagoz blurted.
Setting record straight
“I had horrible footwork and I could not use my strokes. I could
have gone all the way here,” rued the lanky Turk.
Meanwhile in the boys’ singles, second-seeded Christ wants to
set the record straight when he faces fellow German and top seed
Lenz in today’s final.
The two have met twice before with the record sitting equal at
1-1. “I am not at my best yet, but hopefully the record will be 2-1
in my favour after tomorrow’s final,” Christ said.
Third seed Bava was left ruing his missed chances against the
top-seeded Lenz. “I did have my chances, but I did not make use of
these. Somehow I was heavy and struggling with my backhand,” Bava
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Eyes on the ball
Seventh-seed Despoina Vogasari (left) from Greece will face
Deborah Chiesa in the final while top-seed Julian Lenz (centre)
from Germany takes on compatriot Constantin Christ (right) for the
boys’ title in the ITF Junior tennis tournament today.
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On a roll
Deborah Chiesa from Italy hits a double-fisted backhand to Naz
Karagoz from Turkey in the semi-finals?of the ITF Junior tennis
tournament. The Italian qualifier outplayed her rival to have a
shot at the title.
Boys’ singles semi-finals: Julian Lenz bt Haadin Bava 6-1, 6-3;
Constantin Christ bt Jannis Kahlke 6-3, 6-3.
Girls’ singles semi-finals: Despoina Vogasari bt Maurien Rikkert
6-3, 6-3; Deborah Chiesa bt Naz Karagoz 6-1, 6-1.
Today’s schedule: Boys and girls singles finals at 4 pm (Dubai
Tennis Stadium, Al Garhoud).