Tennis Europe Junior Tour
Seeds scatter in Klosters and Most
26 July 2018 - Photo: Maja Chwalinska (POL) recovers from an intense rally on Thursday in Klosters. © T. Zimmermann
Top seeded Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and Clara Tauson of Denmark have safely made it to the quarterfinals of the European 18 & Under Championships in Klosters, while number two seed Elisabetta Cocciaretto was the day’s biggest casualty.
The Italian and Maja Chwalinska (pictured) had a very intense fight. The petite but very smart lefthander from Poland took the first set after a see-saw battle of more than 90 minutes, 7-5 in the tiebreak and was in clear command from then on. She never looked back and didn’t concede one game in the second set. Her next rival is Vlada Koval of Russia, who disposed of Bulgarian Gergana Topalova. The second Russian, number 5 seed Kamilla Rakhimova, surrendered after three tough sets to Nika Radisic of Slovenia.
The host nation still has three girls in the draw, despite local hero Simona Waltert’s loss on Wednesday. Leonie Kung, Fiona Ganz and Joanne Zuger are each one win shy of a medal. It’s the best result for Switzerland on home soil since 2013 when Belinda Bencic, Karin Kennel and Nina Stadler all made it to the quarterfinals. Kennel did eventually win silver, Bencic took a bronze medal.
Over at the European 14 & Under Championships in Most (CZE) there were no major surprises, though the lower seeds continued to fall. Both Sean Cuenin (FRA) and Kalin Ivanovski (MKD) followed up their upset wins of yesterday by ousting more seeds, in the form of Peter Privara (SVK) and Branko Djuric (SRB) respectively. Keep up with all the latest results, schedules and photos below...