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Efremova & Frolov dominate at Tim Essonne

Efremova & Frolov dominate at Tim Essonne

A busy week on the Junior Tour was highlighted by the Category 1 tournament in Geneviève-des-Bois, France. Last year’s champion Ksenia Efremova defended her title, while the underdog Alexey Frolov surprised everyone at the 38th TIM Essonne event. | Photo Gallery đź“¸

Throughout the week, Frolov, ranked #346, put on an impressive performance by managing to upset several top seeds. He only lost one set, facing Czech Filip Ladman, seeded 4, against whom he quickly regained the control of the match and won 6-4 3-6 6-1. In the semifinal he saw Matei Chelemen (ROU), who also took out the 7th and 2nd seeds on his way. Even though the first set was more intense, Frolov secured his place in the final with a 7-6(6) 6-3 win.

He played the final against first seed Savva Rybkin and showed no signs of being intimidated by his opponent’s much better ranking. After a 6-2 6-4 victory, Frolov claimed his first Tennis Europe title this year, and first-ever Category One win at a 14 & Under event.

R1: def Sacha Piveteau (FRA) 6-4 6-2
R2: def Filip Ladman [4] (CZE) 6-4 2-6 6-1
R3: def Dan Brand [13] (ISR) 7-5 6-2
QF: def Andreas Philip Cort Malee Hansen [10] (DEN) 6-3 6-1
SF: def Matei Victor Chelemen (ROU) 7-6(6) 6-3
F: def Savva Rybkin [1] 6-2 6-4

If last year Efremova was coming into the tournament as a wildcard entry, ranked #188, this time she’s ranked first. Despite a challenging first round in which she had to play three sets to beat French Lyne Tchach, Efremova dominated her following matches, dropping only 7 games until she reached the final. Her opponent in the final, Sara Oliveriusova (CZE) [2], breezed through the tournament and put up a tough fight for the title. Efremova was leading 6-4 5-4 and serving for the championship, when Oliveriusova turned the match around. Nonetheless, Ksenia quickly learned from her mistake and was declared winner in the end 6-4 5-7 6-3.

R1: bye
R2: def Lyne Tchach (FRA) 6-2 4-6 6-0
R3: def Victoria Luiza Barros [13] (BRA) 6-1 6-3
QF: def Alice Iozzi [12] (ITA) 6-0 6-0
SF: def Elisa Rohrbach [15] (FRA) 6-2 6-1
F: def Sara Oliveriusova [2] (CZE) 6-4 5-7 6-3

 

Boys Doubles final:
Filip Ladman (CZE) & Savva Rybkin def. Marko Erceg (CRO) & Francesco Pansecchi (ITA) 7-6(6) 6-4

Girls Doubles final:
Victoria Luiza Barros (BRA) & Sofia Kryvoruchko (UKR) def. Alice Iozzi (ITA) & Eleonora Toneva (BUL) 7-5 6-3

 

Elsewhere on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour last week:

  • Laurentiu Albert Cristian Badea (ROU) won his first ever 14 & Under title on home soil, at the International Championships of Romania U14 (Cat2) in Bucharest after defeating top seeds #9, #4, #1 and #2
  • Caden Colburne (CAN) claimed his first Tennis Europe title in Jerusalem, Israel, while Kristýna Dulíková (CZE) her first this year
  • Eva Kaliadina won her first ever 14 & Under tournament in Göteborg, Sweden at the Ullevi Tennis Open
  • Ilian Mechbal (GER) hadn’t played any Tennis Europe tournament since 2021, but he now returned and won in Hoofddorp, Netherlands |  Photo Gallery đź“¸
  • Thomas Grevoul (FRA) and Darina Matvejeva (LAT) were the big winners at the Open Super 12 in Auray, one of the tour's most celebrated 12 & Under events. Both players emerged undefeated with singles and doubles titles.
  • The Super Category 14 & Under event has kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden with the Junior School where topics such as Media, Anti-corruption & Anti-doping were covered.

For full results from last week, click here. For information on this week's events on the Junior Tour calendar, click here.

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