10,000$ Hong Kong - Victoria Park
SINGLES: Mizuno KIJIMA JPN d. Akiko OMAE JPN 62 61
Mizuno Kijima, currently ranked 692, wins her very first ITF tournament. The 19 year old started to play on the ITF tour in 2013 mainly playing in her home country. She gave the ITF tour a serious try in 2014 and finished the year on position 769.
It was the third time Kijima and Omae played each other with a 1-1 record so far (both matched in 2014 on hard court). Akiko Omae, a 21 year old from Kyoto, currently ranked at position 567 was chanceless in the final by only winning 3 games. Akiko Omae peaked at position 222 in 2012 and already won two ITFs inlcuding one 25,000$ in Pattaya, Thailand in 2011. After a horrible 2013 season it seems Omae is back on the track, however on the lower level.
DOUBLES: Mana AYUKAWA JPN/Makoto NINOMIYA JPN d. Hao Chen TANG CHN/Qiu Yu YE CHN 76(4) 26 10-7
The 20-year old Mana Ayukawa wins her 6th ITF doubles while 20 year old Makoto Ninomiya wins her 10th ITF doubles event. It is their second ITF title playing together.
10,000$ Antalya F1 - Kaya Belek Hotel
SINGLES: Anne SCHÄFER GER d. Elke TIEL NED 40 ret
Anne Schäfer, currently ranked 396, wins her 14th ITF tournament (5 in 2006; 2 in 2010; 3 in 2011; one in 2012; one in 2013 and one in 2014). The 27 year old from Thuringia is one of the biggest 10,000$ queens of the last years. 12 of her 13 titles so far were 10,000$ titles. In addition she won one 25,000$ in Dobrich, Bulgaria in 2012. Anne's career high was at position 161 in 2009 - ironically the year when she did not win a single title. Anne is now on a 10-0 single streak as she also won her last tournament of the 2014 season in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy.
In Antalya, Anne did not lose a single set and was cruising easily through the draw, even with a double bagle in the second round against Esen Kokce from Turkey. In the final Anne benefited from the retirement of her opponent Elke Tiel from the Netherlands.
The 19 year old Elke Tiel from Voorhout, Netherlands is currently unranked and reached her very first ITF final. After reaching two quarterfinals (in Santa Margherita di Pula in September 2014 and Antalya in December 2014) she qualified for the main draw of the first Antalya Kaya Belek future and did not lose a single set until the final. Elke, who made her debut on the ITF tour in 2012 in Romania will be ranked approximately around position 800 after reaching the final.
DOUBLES: Anita HUSARIC BIH/Danielle MILLS USA d. Anne SCHÄFER GER/Lenka WIENEROVA SVK 64 46 12-10
The 20-year old Anita Husaric (right) from Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 23 year old Danielle Mills (left; actually Danielle Rose Mills Ortiz) won their first doubles title playing together. Anita Husaric has won 5 ITF doubles tites while it was the 3rd title for Danielle Mills.
10,000$ Sharm El Sheikh F1 - Soho Tennis Center
SINGLES: Katharina LEHNERT PHI d. Eva WACANNO NED 75 36 64
Katharina Lehnert, currently ranked 690, wins her second ITF title after winning the 10,000$ event in her hometown Braunschweig, Germany in 2012. Katharina Lehnert who represents the Philippines since 2013 reached her career high of 389 in April 2013. Lehnert, whos mother is from the Philippines, also represented her country in the Asian Games and at the Fed Cup.
It was an attempt for the 23 year old Eva Wacanno, who trains at the Kim Clijsters Academy, to win her second ITF title after the 10,000$ event in Macon, France in 2014. Wacanno, who is currently ranked at position 593 (career high: 454 in July 2014).
DOUBLES: Eva WACANNO NED/Pia KÖNIG AUT d. Camilla ROSATELLO ITA/Yuuki TANAKA JPN 46 76(2) 10-5
Wacanno won also the doubles event to secure her 19th ITF doubles event, while it was the 7th doubles title for 21 year old Austrian Pia König.
10,000$ Stuttgart-Stammheim, Germany
SINGLES: Antonia LOTTNER GER d. Pemra ÖZGEN TUR 36 63 62
18-year old Antonia Lottner, currently ranked 431, wins her 5th ITF title. Lottner, who started to play on the ITF Pro Circuit in 2010, won her first tournament already in 2011 in Stockholm. In 2013 two more titles in Macon, France and Cologne, Germany followed (both 10,000$ events). In 2014 she won the 15,000$ event in Braunschweig, Germany - her biggest title so far. Antonia, who was a top junior, peaked at position 354 in 2013.
The 28 year old Pemra Özgen from Istanbul is currently ranked at position 259 was close to win her 9th ITF title. However it will be another step for Özgen to equalize her career high of 207 in May 2014 to finally reach the top 200.
DOUBLES: Lenka KUNCIKOVA CZE/Karolina STUCHLA CZE d. Martina BORECKA CZE/Jesika MALECKOVA CZE 62 63
Karolina Stuchla (left) and Lenka Kuncikova (right)
Lenka Kuncikova (19 years), who is coached by Kveta Peschke's husband Torsten Peschke wins her 8th ITF Doubles title while it was the 9th ITF Doubles title for 20 year old Karolina Stuchla. Kuncikova and Stuchla are permanent doubles partners and have won already 8 ITF Doubles events playing together.
10,000$ Fort de France, Martinique
SINGLES: Gloria LIANG CAN d. Alexa GRAHAM USA 36 64 60
Rosie Johanson and Gloria Liang
Gloria Liang, a 18 year old from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, currently ranked 699 won her very first ITF tournament. The young Canadian, who plays since 2012 on the ITF Pro Circuit, is a former winner of the U16 Orange Bowl and reached her second ITF Final after Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy in May 2014. This time she came through the final and beat 16 year old wildcard Alexa Graham from the US.
Alexa Graham and Anna Bielen-Zarkska
16 year old wildcard Alexa Graham, who is coached by former Pro Player Anna Bielen-Zarska from Poland, has just started her pro career in 2013. Graham is still unranked and it was of course her very first ITF final.
DOUBLES: Alexa GUARACHI USA/Sherazad REIX FRA d. Rosie JOHANSON CAN/Gloria LIANG CAN 62 61
Alexa Guarachi and Sherazad Reix
Singles winner Gloria Liang also reached the final of the doubles event together with her partner Rosie Johanson. However, their opponents Alexa Guarachi and Sherazad Reix made a clean sweep to win the final 62 61. For the 24 year old Alexa Guarachi from Fort Walton Beach, Florida it was her 5th ITF Pro Doubles title, while for the 25 year old Sherazad Reix (née Benamar) it was her 6th title of her career.
10,000$ El Kantaoui F1, Tunisia
SINGLES: Myrtille GEORGES FRA d. Estelle CASCINO FRA 64 62
The top seed at the first satellite of the Tunisia Winter Tour in El Kantaoui easily won the tournament. The 24-year-old Myrtille Georges, currently ranked at position 302, but with a career high of 245 in 2013, only won her 3rd ITF Pro event after her two titles in 2011 (Apeldoorn) and 2012 (Le Havre).
18 year old Estelle Cascino from Marseille, currently ranked at position 497 still waits to win her first ITF title. It was her third final after Santa Margherita di Pula in March 2014 and Potchefstroom in December 2012.
DOUBLES: Myrtille GEORGES FRA/Celine GHESQUIERE FRA d. Kristyna HRABALOVA CZE/Vendula ZOVINCOVA CZE 67(6) 62 10-5
Myrtille Georges and Celine Ghesquiere
Myrtille Georges also won the ITF Doubles event. It was her 4th title, the 3rd together with Celine Ghesquiere, who also has won 4 titles now.