So, it's time for the Danish national championships 2014! MD begins today (Monday 04 AUG). MD and schedule attached!
Here are the 8 seeds:
1 Karen Barbat
2 Mai Grage
3 Maria Jespersen
4 Emma Rønholt
5 Anna Signe Rasmussen
6 Frederikke Uhrskov Støchkel
7 Frederikke Svarre
8 Cecilie Lundgaard Melsted
Most of these were playing at the Copenhagen 10K last week (except Emma Rønholt and Frederikke Svarre).
Julie Noe and Emilie Francati are not here, they're going to USA to play a Grade 1 junior tournament (US Open prep).
Anything but a Barbat vs Grage final will be a big surprise.
Malene Stripp is now studying at University of Oklahoma and will be playing college tennis the next couple of years (she's mentioned in the last paragraph). GL to her - both re. education and tennis.
@goOudinUSA: Unfortunately, Malou is not playing doubles. The doubles draw seems to be rather weak this year as Mai Grage, Karen Barbat, and Maria Jespersen all have skipped doubles this week. I guess there's some exhaustion after the many matches at the Copenhagen 10K last week.
I think she just has a regular job now. She doesn't play much; she's only played 10 Danish matches the last 12 months - mostly wins, but also losses (to Helena Francati, for instance, a U14 player). She will probably still play now and then. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Results from R1 attached in pdf. Good win by Hannah Møller against a 20-year old who played Q at the Copenhagen 10K. Hannah is technically a U13 player! Good win by Sofia Samavati too (she's U14). Sofia is up against Barbat in R2! There's an interview with the somewhat shy (but pretty confident) Sofia here:
Photos from Monday at tournament fb.
The girls in this fb album are Rebekka Hillingsø (leggings), Emma Tranberg (red shoes), Frederikke Svarre (blue visor) and Ida Krause.
(1)Karen Barbat d. (4)Emma Rønholt 60 61
(2)Mai Grage d. (3)Maria Jespersen 61 76(1)
The final will be a repeat of last week's 10K final in Copenhagen! Will Barbat win the title this time?
I had expected Emma to win a few more games but I don't think the score is telling the whole truth. I was watching the stream of the men's SF, and I could see and hear snippets of the Barbat-Rønholt match on the court next to it. And the women's match actually went on for 15-20 minutes longer than the men's SF which started simultaneously!