The Chilean girls discovered at first hand that Hungary could well prove to be a threat to the top seeds. Zsuzsanna Babos opened with a 61 60 win over Chilean No.2, Mabel Rodriguez. Virag Nemeth toppled Liset Brito 60 64 and the Hungarian No. 7 seeds, also went on to take the doubles to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
The Girls No.1 seed, Czech Republic set out to defend their title in style, seeing off the challenge from Canada 3-0. Petra Cetkovska defeated Monica Dancevic 62 60 and Barbara Strycova accounted for Beier Ko 62 62. Finally, Cetkovska teamed with Lucie Safarova to complete the win with a 64 62 victory over Ko and Dancevic 64 62.
Chinese Taipei, the No.3 seed in the girls’ competition, opened their account with a 3-0 defeat of El Salvador, dropping only seven games in the tie.
Oct 17th, 2001, 12:33 PM
Bad luck my Thai girls <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> - And bad luck Korea <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
but congrats to the big asian power in this tourney - Chinese Taipei <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> With Su-Wei at the helm they will surely be a threat to all teams here <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Chinese Taipei Girls Fight off strong challenge from Colombia
Wednesday 18th October 2001
Day 2 provided some nail-biting doubles matches when a number of seeded teams found themselves level at 1-1 with their opponents following the singles rubbers.
Romy Farah caused the upset of the competition so far with a 61 64 win over Chinese Taipei's No.1 Su Wei Hsieh. Ranked No. 17 in the ITF Junior World Rankings, Hsieh must have been expecting to clinch the match after Chia-Jung Chuang had earlier defeated Maryori Franco 64 61. Farah, the Colombian No.1, played an outstanding match to win and level the match at 1-1. In the deciding doubles, however, Chinese Taipei, the No.3 seed, got themselves back on track winning the doubles 64 61 to clinch the tie 2-1.
One of the most exciting matches of the day came between Argentina girls, the No.8 seed, and Canada girls. Micaela Moran gave Argentina an early lead defeating Melanie Gloria 63 63. Canada then levelled, with Beier Ko handing Argentinean No.1 Mariana Esperon a heavy 61 61 defeat. Once again result of the match hinged on the deciding doubles. Canada started well, taking the first set 62. Argentina looked like being the first seed to lose a match when the second set went to a tie break, but Esperon and Maria-Carla Zabaleta dug deep and took the tie break to level at one set all. In the third and deciding set, Argentina were the first to get the vital break and Mariana Esperon was left to serve for the match at 5-4. The Argentinean No.1 held her nerve and served well, thus securing the rubber 26 76(1) 64 and the match 2-1, much to the delight of their coach who said they had made him "suffer a lot" during the match.
In the girls' draw Germany, the No.5 seed, were tested by Korea, but eventually came through in the deciding doubles 63 64.
Argentina Girls Team
Congrats Taiwan, but Su-Wei lost. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
She can't afford to against Poland!
Oct 18th, 2001, 05:16 PM
tough break for the Canadians, had no chance against the Czech team, but really should have gotten that doubles win over the Argentine team <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> Shame Beier Ko didn't have Kaarina Zoricic to help her out on the squad, would helped their chances far more.
Oct 18th, 2001, 07:34 PM
Eggy, better watch out for Hungary! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> Babos and Nemeth. A strong team.
Su-Wei needs to get back on track! <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Oct 19th, 2001, 02:59 AM
Cinq i know they're going to be tough.
Viraq is in top 10 juniors ranks.
We've got our C string team here.
Kuznetsova , Bastrikova , Safina & co would have won this with eyes closed.
Day 3 provided some excellent matches as the seeds met in the round robin stage of the tournament. With a number of upsets and a high standard of tennis on display, the spectators who came to watch were not disappointed.
Before the tournament began Hungary girls, seeded No.7, were being touted as a threat to the top seeds and today Zsuzsanna Babos and Virag Nemeth proved those predictions to be accurate. Matched up against Russia, the No.2 seed, the match had been eagerly awaited all week.
Hungary drew first blood, Zsuzsanna Babos beating Mariana Viliamovskaia in three sets 36 63 63 in a match that could have gone either way. In the third set both girls broke serve a number of times and at 3-2, with a break, it looked though Viliamovskaia's patience would prevail against Babos' ferocious hitting. However, the Hungarian held her nerve and broke back to level at 3-3 and then held and broke Viliamovskaia to lead 5-3. At deuce with the No-Ad system of scoring, the point was either match point or break point. Viliamovskaia's shot was long, thus giving Hungary the rubber and a lead in the match 1-0.
With Virag Nemeth, the Hungarian No.1, up next against Russian No.2, Vera Douchevina, it seemed that Hungary would wrap up the match 2-0, but Douchevina was not about to let Hungary have things all their own way. Despite losing the first set 4-6, the Russian came back strongly in the second, taking the set 62 and thus setting up a very tense third set. Both players pulled out all the stops in the third set, but it was Douchevina who got the vital break to take the set and the rubber 46 62 75.
From the first point of the doubles match it was clear that Nemeth was determined to make up for losing her singles match. The No.1 was extremely dominant throughout the match, and showed exactly why she has reached the top 10 girls' singles rankings, partnering Babos to a 61 62 win in the doubles and a 2-1 win over the No.2 seed, Russia.
Hungary was not the only team to cause an upset today. Poland saw off the No.3 seed Chinese Taipei 3-0, in a match which included the longest rubber of the day. In the second singles match, after making a great start, taking the first set 60 against Su-Wei Hsieh, Marta Domachowska lost the second set 46. The third set turned into a marathon that neither girl wanted to give up without a fight. The battle went on and on until Domachowska finally nudged ahead to win 10-8 in the third, thus giving Poland the match 2-0. Both girls recovered quickly from the singles in order to play a very close doubles, which Poland went on to win 76 (0) 64, wrapping up the match 3-0.
Croatia, the No.4 seed, was the other girls' seed to lose to lower seeded opponents. After the singles they were level 1-1 with Germany, the No.5 seed, but Germany outlasted Croatia in the doubles, winning 57 62 64 and securing the match 2-1.
Arghhhhhhhh so disappointed <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Great win for Vera <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Zsuzsanna Babos and Virag Nemeth, Hungary
In the girls' draw the No.1 seed, Czech Republic, continued their inpeccable progress to the final with a 3-0 win over Germany. They, like Chile in the boys' draw, have yet to even drop a set and look to be in a class of their own in the girls' draw. The Czech team, including Petra Cetkovska, part of the winning team in the 2000 NEC World Youth Cup Final, look to be on their way to successive titles.
However, looking to throw a spanner in the works will be Poland, who today put an end to the possibility of a repeat of last year's final by beating Hungary in a very close match. In the first singles match Hungarian Zsuzsanna Babos was unable to maintain the form that had seen her take the lead against Russia yesterday and was thus beaten comprehensively by Olga Brozda 62 61. Hungarian No.1, Virag Nemeth, then squared the match having been on the verge of defeat at a set and a break down, coming back to win 36 63 61. In the deciding doubles Hungary took the first set 75, but then Poland displayed some superior doubles play with Alicja Rosolska making several vital interventions at the net to edge past Hungary, the 2000 NEC World Youth Cup runners up, 57 63 63.
The girls' final will take place at 10.00 on Saturday 20th October on the Centre Court of the Club Palestino, Santiago, Chile, followed by the boys' final on Sunday 21st October which will start at 9.00.
I'll have full details a bit later on with all days results
Czech Team is just a bit too good <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0">
Tungphong / Nudnida Luangnam
Terblanche / Kelly Anderson
13TH - 15TH PLACE ROUND ROBIN
67(2) 63 36
Kim / So-Jin Kim
Brito / Rodriguez
oh congrats to Czech Team , well done girls but they were the big odds-on Favs
Oct 21st, 2001, 10:48 PM
go petra <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
Oct 22nd, 2001, 03:35 PM
<font size=4>Czech Republic girls in a class of their own </font>
Saturday 20 October 2001
The Czech Republic girls' team picked up their second successive NEC World Youth Cup title today with a 3-0 win over Poland.
Barbora Strycova, Petra Cetkovska and Lucie Safarova collect the trophy after a week in which they showed that they really were a level above their competition. For Barbora Strycova this is her first medal in an ITF Team Competition, but for Cetkovska and Safarova, they add the gold medal to their growing collections. Petra Cetkovska already has gold from the 2000 NEC World Youth Cup and also picked up a winners medal in the 1998 U14 World Junior Tennis final in Japan. For Safarova, the youngest member of the team, this is the second gold medal this year, she led the U14 team to victory at the U14 World Junior Tennis Final in August in front of the home crowd in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
Petra Cetkovska started the day in great shape, proving too good for Olga Brozda, taking the match in straight sets 61 63. This singles win for Cetkovska will go some way to erasing the memory of the match she played in last year's final against Virag Nemeth when she had the chance to secure the title, but succumbed to an attack of nerves and lost the match 57 64 68.
Next up was Barbora Strycova against Marta Domachowska. Domachowska had shown yesterday that she was capable of beating highly ranked players by taking the scalp of Virag Nemeth from Hungary, currently No.8 in the ITF Junior Rankings. However, whether the occasion got to her or she had exhasted herself in the tough three set match yesterday, she seemed unable to stay with Barbora Strycova. Strycova broke in the third game of the first set, and although Domachowska managed to break back immediately she was again broken and from then Strycova had the set in her control and took the lead 62. Domachowska was broken again in the first game of the second set, but broke back immediately. If she was to have any chance in the match she needed to hold the following game which she managed to do, and at that point it looked like she might be able to get into the match. However, from that point on fatigue seemed to set in and she simply did not have the weapons to get close to Barbora Strycova. The Czech girl then moved through the set easily, completing the match 62 62 and thus securing the title for the Czech Republic.
The Czechs then rounded off a perfect week by winning the doubles 63 62, thus completing the whole tournament without dropping a single set.
Having already won the U14 World Junior Tennis title and now the U16 World Youth Cup title, the Czech Republic are on course to complete a unique clean sweep of titles in 2001 if they can take the U18 Connelly Continental Cup in Florida at the end of the year.
Hungary secured the bronze medal today with a win over the Germany. The match, like the final, was decided after the two singles matches. Zsuzsanna Babos defeated Hannah Kurvers 26 62 60, whilst Virag Nemeth accounted for German No.1 Anna-Lena Groenefeld 63 61. The Germans salvaged some pride defeating Nemeth and Hungarian No.3 Ildiko Csordas in a very competitive and good humoured doubles match 36 75 63.
Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic
Czech Republic Girls Team
Marta Domachowska, Poland
Poland Girls' Team
Oct 24th, 2001, 09:57 PM
congrats to all teams, especially the czech girls. and a REALLY big congrats to petra!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />