courting success

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

semi-final yesterday.

“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



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.


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).