US Girls Fall in Junior Fed Cup Final, Canadian Boys Win Junior Davis Cup; Smyczek Saves Match Points to Win Tiburon Challenger; Pre-qualifying Complete at Women's ITA All American Championships
|Junior Davis Cup winners Canada and |
Junior Fed Cup winners Czech Republic
(photo via the ITF Junior Facebook page)
The US girls got off to a great start, with Kayla Day taking out Monika Kilnarova 6-3, 6-1. The 16-year-old left-hander from Santa Barbara was much stronger on serve than Kilnarova, who held only twice in the match, the second time when she trailed 5-0 in the second set.
Unfortunately for the US, the tables were turned in the No. 1 singles match, with Vondrousova, who was No. 1 in the ITF junior rankings until Dalma Galfi replaced her at the top last month, taking a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Claire Liu. Liu had beaten Vondrousova in their previous two meetings, in the Junior Orange Bowl 14s final in 2013 and last year at the Eddie Herr ITF. But Liu struggled with her serve, particularly her toss, all day, and even though she fought back to break Vondrousova twice when serving for the first set, she was broken for a fourth time at 5-all and Vondrousova finished it, on her fifth set point, with a nifty drop shot winner.
Trailing 2-0 and 4-2 in the second set, Liu again fought back, but she was broken at 4-all, and Vondrousova converted on her second match point.
Day, who played doubles in place of Michaela Gordon, and Liu were certainly the underdogs going into the doubles, with Vondrousova a two-time girls doubles slam champion, although she had not won them with Anna Slovakova, her fellow left-hander. But Day and Liu played poorly to start the match and lost the first ten games before Liu finally held her serve. That wasn't nearly enough however, and as she had done against No. 4 seed Canada in the semifinals, Vondrousova brought the Czech team back from 1-0 down to claim the win.
In Junior Davis Cup, Canada got off to a good start, with Denis Shapovalov beating Marvin Moeller 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. But Nicola Kuhn, who was named the Most Valuable Player in a losing cause, defeated Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match. Auger Aliassime had beaten Kuhn at No. 2 singles in the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis final in the Czech Republic last year, with Germany coming back to win 2-1.
Unlike last year, Auger Aliassime played in the deciding doubles match in this final, and he and Shapovalov, the US Open boys champions, took a tense 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Kuhn and Moeller.
For more on the finals, see the report from the ITF junior website.
The results of the finals and the third place matches are below. For all of today's results, see the ITF tournament site.
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Claire Liu (USA) 75 64
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Kayla Day/Claire Liu (USA) 60 62
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 63 63
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Nicola Kuhn/Marvin Moeller (GER) 63 36 62
Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) d. Toru Horie (JPN) 63 60
Alen Avidzba/Mikhail Sokolovskiy d. Yuta Shimizu/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 62 64