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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #811
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Re: The Danes are coming - Danish juniors thread

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What are the prospects for another top 100 Danish player?
Not very good, I'm afraid. There are some quite talented juniors, but I don't think it's realistic that any of these can break into the top 100 before they're 20 years old. So it's going to take at least 5 or 6 years! Unless someone pops out of nowhere (like it happened for Mona Barthel of Germany, who was quite unremarkable until she was 20).
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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #812
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HRT Autumn Cup, Denmark, ITF G4

Doubles, final
Ulrikke Høyer (DEN)/Anna Signe Rasmussen (DEN) d. Emilie Francati (DEN)/Emma Rønholt (DEN) 1-6 7-6(5) (10-6)

Ulrikke's 2nd ITF doubles title of 2012 (1st was with Alipieva), and 3rd career title. This was Anna's 1st ITF title in one of her last matches as junior (she's 18 now).

Well done by Emilie/Emma! Emilie Francati also had a pretty good singles tournament here, reaching the semifinal. Otherwise the singles tournament wasn't very succesful for the Danish girls. There were Danish 11 girl's in the main draw, including Melsted (seeded 2) and Noe (seeded 4), but only Francati, Høyer, and Alipieva managed to advance to the 2nd round where they all lost, except Francati.

Results at ITF.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 05:44 PM   #813
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Re: The Danes are coming - Danish juniors thread

Regarding the prospects of another Danish top player: here is the official Danish top 20 from the Danish Tennis Association with the player's year of birth.

Danish rankings, 16 October 2012

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Rank	Name	                       Club	 Year of birth
 1      Caroline Wozniacki             KB            90
 2      Karen Barbat                   Birkerød      92
 3      Mai Grage                      KB            92
 4      Cecilie Lundgaard Melsted      KB            95
 5      Emma Rønholt                   Gentofte      97
 6      Anna Signe Rasmussen           Birkerød      94
 7      Maria Jespersen                Helsingør     91
 8      Malene Stripp                  Birkerød      94
 9      Julie Noe                      KB            96
10      Emilie Francati                Gentofte      97
11      Martine Ditlev                 TC Odense     96
12      Ulrikke Høyer                  KB            96
13      Frederikke Svarre              Hillerød      97
14      Karina I. Jacobsgaard          KB            80
15      Amanda Arildsen Wessung        HRT           94
16      Simone Michael Alipieva        Lyngby        98
17      Frederikke Uhrskov Støchkel    Holte         94
18      Kathrine Berge                 Birkerød      96
19      Louise Kulczycki Larsen        Hillerød      91
20      Malou Ejdesgaard               KB            91
Emma Rønholt is doing really well and #5 is a new career high for her. I'm always reluctant to read too much into the rankings, and it's always debateable whether the rankings are fair. Some girls play a lot, others less, and they don't all play the same level of tournaments. But Emma has been very solid on Danish soil. In 2012 she has defeated Cecilie Melsted, Anna Signe Rasmussen (twice), Malene Stripp and Julie Noe. She's still only 14 years old, and the youngest girl in the top 20 except Simone Alipieva.

The 1997-98 girls Emilie Francati, Emma Rønholt, and Simone Alipieva seems to be the most striking talents at the momnt.

Note: Malou Ejdesgaard has mostly been ranked #3 or 4 in Denmark for the last 4 years or more, and her fall in the rankings is simply because she doesn't play singles anymore - not even on club level.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:51 AM   #815
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Two photos of Emilie Francati (top) and Emma Rønholt (bottom) at a physical test session September 2012 (source: tennis.dk).



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Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 08:52 AM   #816
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Re: The Danes are coming - Danish juniors thread

Anna Signe Rasmussen and Cecilie Melsted are playing qualies at $10,000 Stockholm, and they drew each other in the 1st round of qualification!

$10,000 Stockholm (SWE)

QR1
Anna Signe Rasmussen def. Cecilie Melsted 6-4 6-3

Anna is up against Eva Paalma (EST) in QR2 today. GL!
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Nokia Junior Cup, Finland, ITF G4

1R
Emilie Francati (DEN) def. (1)Tatjana Vorobjova (EST) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4
Margarita Shmeleva (RUS) def. Emma Rønholt (DEN) 6-3 7-5
Simone Alipieva (DEN) def. Emma Ek (SWE) 7-6(5) 6-2

Great fight by Emilie against the #1 seed! Also nice to see Simone get a good win again; she was 0-2 H2H against Emma Ek before today. Well done.
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2R
Aleksandra Buchla (POL) def. Emilie Francati 6-4 3-6 7-6(4)
(6) Antonina Lysakova (RUS) def. Simone Alipieva 6-3 6-4

Too bad. Aleksandra Buchla, btw, was runner up when Alipieva won the U12 Bambini Cup in 2010. Buchla hasn't done much since then, neither at TE or ITF level. But she's still a big talent, I guess.

The Danish juniors will now play two grade 3 tournaments in Israel (beginning November 5th and 12th respectively). Julie Noe, Martine Ditlev, Simone Alipieva, and Ulrikke Høyer are on the acceptance lists.
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #819
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Re: The Danes are coming - Danish juniors thread

Apparently Emma and Emilie has stayed in Finland to play another ITF.

TATS Open, Tampere, Finland, ITF G4

1R
(1) Daria Lodikova (RUS) def. Emilie Francati (DEN) 7-6(0) 6-4
Emma Rønholt (DEN) def. Greta Kerezaite (LTU) 6-0 1-6 7-6(3)

Bad luck for Emilie; this is the 2nd week in a row she's drawn the #1 seed in 1st round! Good effort though.
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TATS Open, Tampere, Finland, ITF G4

2R

(3) Vera Bessonova (RUS) def. Emma Rønholt (DEN) 6-1 4-6 6-2

Good performance by Emma against a good (and two year older) opponent. Keep working!
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Old Dec 2nd, 2012, 05:08 PM   #821
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Stor succes for de unge pigejuniorer i sidste spillerunde af seniorernes holdturnering i går!

I Helsingør vandt de to Lyngbypiger Helena Steenberg/Simone Alipieva doublen over Maria Jespersen/Sofie Skovbo Jensen i matchtiebreak. Det skulle vise sig at blive afgørende for at Lyngby kvalificerede sig til medaljeslutspillet! Ellers havde Helsingør snuppet pladsen. Flot præstation af Lyngbypigerne, som stadig kun er 13 og 14 år, og som var oppe mod meget ældre damer (20 og 18 år). Begge singler blev vundet af Helsingør-damerne, men Simone Alipieva gjorde fin modstand mod professionelle Maria Jespersen, som vandt 7-6(2) 6-4.

I opgøret mellem Gentofte og Birkerød stod der også en del på spil. Det var nemlig allerede før gårsdagens spillerunde klart, at KB ville vinde grundspillet. Både Gentofte og Birkerød lå også til at være blandt de 4 hold, som kunne gå videre til medaljeslutspillet, men begge hold havde også mulighed for at snuppe andenpladsen i grundspillet. Det kunne være vigtigt at slutte som nr. 2, idet KB som vinder selv kan vælge sin semifinalemodstander blandt nr. 3 & 4 (men ikke nr. 2!). Og KB vil man jo gerne undgå...

I damedoublen besejrede Gentoftepigerne Emma Rønholt/Emilie Francati Birkerøds Karen Barbat/Anna Signe Rasmussen forholdsvis klart 6-1 6-4. Dermed sluttede Gentofte som nr. 2 i grundspillet og undgår KB i semifinalen, mens Birkerød blev nr. 3, og risikerer at møde KB (eller Gentofte igen). Havde Birkerød vundet denne double, var Birkerød endt som samlet nr. 2! I singlekampene vandt Barbat over Rønholt i 2 sæt, mens Francati slog Rasmussen - også i 2 sæt.

Godt arbejde af de unge elitejuniorer i går! Og så glæder det mig også meget, at mange af de danske pigejuniorer er ved at få rigtig godt styr på double-spillet. Double er en utrolig vigtig disciplin med hensyn til hjemlige holdturneringer, Nordiske mesterskaber, Hold-EM og ikke mindst Fed Cup, hvis det engang bliver aktuelt for de unge piger
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The Danish Tennis Federation gave the "junior of the year" award 2012 to the U13 and U15 team who won the combined Nordic Team Championships 2012. It was the first time in 17 years that Denmark won this event! The girls on the team were: Helena Steenberg, Ida Krause, and Laura Michelsen (U13), and Simone Alipieva, Emma Rønholt, and Emilie Francati (U 15) (and 6 boys).

More here and here (in Danish).
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Today Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer won the doubles title at Västerås ITF (grade 4)! Here are the results:

1R
Alipieva/Høyer d. (1) Antonina Lysakova (RUS)/Ann-Christin Nilsson (GER) 6-0 6-2

QF
Alipieva/Høyer d. Isabelle Entenza (SWE)/Kajsa Rinaldo Persson (SWE) 6-7(8) 7-6(4) [10-4]

SF
Alipieva/Høyer d. (4) Hedda Ødegaard (NOR)/Melanie Stokke (NOR) 7-6(5) 3-6 [10-7]

Final
Alipieva/Høyer d. (3) Anastasiya Shleptsova (BLR)/Tatjana Vorobjova (EST) 1-6 7-6(5) [12-10]

They were unseeded; yet they beat three seeded teams. Well done! And a nice birthday present for Simone, who turned 15 yesterday. They weren't quite as succesful in singles; both Ulrikke and Simone lost in the 2nd round. Other Danes played too, but lost i R1. This was Simone's third doubles title at ITF, and Ulrikke's fourth. They're by far the most succesful Danish junior doubles-players in recent years. Future Fed Cup players?

And just to sum up the latest Danish results: A week ago Emilie Francati was the most succesful among the Danish girls playing in Stockholm (ITF G4). She reached the QF in singles.
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Simone and Ulrikke after their doubles title in Västerås (source):

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Martine Ditlev got a qualifying wild card for $10,000 Kaarst, GER this week. Unfortunately she lost in QR1:

Carmen Smolka (GER) d. Martine Ditlev (DEN) 7-6(5) 6-3

Barbat is also playing (in MD). GL!
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