Russia won both international team titles in Florida today. The Russian boys beat Argentina 2-0, to win the Sunshine Cup. And the Russian girls defeated Croatia 2-0, to win the Connolly Continental Cup.I know it's only junior tennis. But this is a great day in Russian tennis. Congratulations to everyone involved. Most of all, the players.
Dec 9th, 2001, 05:24 AM
It's not just Junior Tennis , its Tennis <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
congrats to both <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Girls i never doubted , suprised by the boys but it wont be the last.
<br /><font size=4> Russians take both titles </font>
<br />Saturday 8 December 2001<br />
Russia made a clean sweep of the ITF Sunshine Cup and Connolly Continental Cup titles today at Key Biscayne. Russian girls have an exception record in the Connolly Continental Cup, this is their 4th title since 1995. Russia Boys have not won this title since 1990 when Andrei Medvedev led the team to victory under the USSR flag.
In the Girls' Final Croatian Karolina Sprem was unable to find answers against Vera Zvonareva falling 75 62, Zvonareva was delighted to win "when I played Karolina before I lost, today was different I was playing for my team and country and it was important that we started 1-0. It was a tough first set but I won 7-5 and it gave me confidence and the second was easier". In a dramatic second singles Croatian Matea Mezak took the first set against Svetlana Kuznetsova 63 and served for the match at 54 in the second set but Kuznetsova raised her game, broke back and went on to take the set 75. In the third set Kuznetsova raced to a 5-2 lead but was unable to close out until her fourth match point at 6-5. Kuznetsova commented "I was very scared when I came to the court but when I lost the first set I understood that I cannot lose this match. I was nervous because I had lost 2 major finals before this tournament, Roland Garros and US Open, so it was important to me to win this final".
The Russian boys' took on Argentina, Luciano Vitullo started strongly taking the first set 63 but Igor Andreev managed to level the match at one set a piece and was ahead 4-0 when Vitullo was forced to retire with cramps, the final score 36 62 4-0 ret.. Andreev commented "At the beginning I was a little bit nervous, he could break my serve. The game changed in my favour at the beginning of the second set when I broke his serve, it gave me more confidence and power. In the third set, despite the score line the games were very difficult, the points were long but I won the most important points and then at 3-0 he started to cramp and retired at 4-0".
Brian Dabul did his best to fight off the tall Russian Pavel Ivanov but was overpowered from all corners of the court and went down fighting 61 76(4). "At the beginning of the match it was much easier to play knowing that the team were 1-0 up and in the beginning of the game I was pretty sure that our team would win, I feel very good now. This is very important for Russia and important for our tennis careers, it's cool."
Third places were captured by the Germany Boys' team who defeated Mexico 2-1 and in the girls, Czech Republic, who defeated Argentina also 2-1.
Well done, Russian Team! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 9th, 2001, 06:32 PM
freah2flash, it's well done Russian teams! Not team.<br />With both the Russian boys and girls teams winning their respective championships, it seems like Russia is now on the tennis map for good. And that's great!
Dec 9th, 2001, 07:52 PM
Russian Team (beginning with capital letter) means Russian boys` and girls` teams united <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> . BTW.