Slovakia’s Peter Benjamin Privara maintains his stranglehold on the top spot in the Race to Masters after another impressive performance, this time in Barcelona. On the tails of his recent Category One tournament wins in Warsaw and Sarajevo, the Slovak has now landed his third straight top tier event win.
Ksenia Zaytseva went one step further than she did in Warsaw to take the title in Barcelona. This is her second Category One win of 2019, the other also coming in Spain in Torelló earlier in the year, and edges her ever closer in the race to the top spot in the qualifying for next month’s Junior Masters.
16&U | TORNEO INTERNACIONAL DE TENIS SUB16 XVII MEMORIAL NACHO JUNCOSA | Barcelona, ESP
Privara, the top seed, was in blistering form in the early rounds, dismissing local players in straight sets. Number eight seed Peter Kalocsai (HUN) offered greater resistance, pushing the Slovak into a third set in the quarterfinal, as did Carlos Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) in the semis. In the other half of the draw, second seeded Italian Peter Buldorini defeated local qualifier Mario Monclus and fourth seed Allen Bill (CRO) in the quarterfinal and semi-final respectively on his quest for a first Category One win of the year. It was not to be, as the in-form Privara, despite a strong challenge in the opening set, defeated the Italian 7-5 6-1 to pick up his sixth title of the year.
Ksenia Zaystseva picked up her fifth title of the season in the Catalan capital. Despite a three-set challenge in the quarterfinals by Cara Maria Mester (ROU) the top seed was unflappable on her title quest, with her eyes firmly set on reaching Reggio Calabria in top spot. In the final, she was relentless against her doubles partner, with whom she won the title, completely blocking out Amelie Smejkalova (CZE) in a straight sets sprint.
Boys’ doubles winners: Peter Dragar (HUN) & Peter Kalocsai (HUN)
Girls’ doubles winners: Amelie Smejkalova (CZE) & Ksenia Zaytseva (RUS)
16&U | JELGAVA OPEN 2019 | Jelgava, LAT
Belorussians swept the field in three categories across the border in Latvia, upsetting Lithuanian top seeds in the finals. Taras Ignatiuk had a walkover win against Edas Butvilas (LTU) for his first win of the year to take the boys’ title. Daria Butsko also claimed her maiden win of 2019, and was too strong for Emilija Tverijonaite (LTU) in the final, taking the match 6-3 6-1.
Boys’ doubles winners: Mikhail Dubrouski (BLR) & Yahor Slizevich (BLR)
Girls’ doubles winners: Patricija Paukstyte (LTU) & Emilija Tverijonaite (LTU)
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