Tournaments

11 Oct 2019

Early rounds of the individual events completed on Friday 11th October at the 2019 North Macedonia Open in Skopje, it was very much a successful day for the leading names.

Notably the respective top seeds in the junior boys’ singles and junior girls’ singles events, Croatia’s Ivor Ban and Serbia’s Radmila Tominjak imposed their authority on proceedings.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Ivor Ban beat Sweden’s Isak Alfredsson (11-3, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9) to reserve his quarter-final place; likewise Radmila Tominjak overcame the Czech Republic’s Tereza Ajdini (11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5).

Next in line to Ivor Ban, Slovakia’s Filip Delincak and Peru’s Carlos Fernandez in addition to Lovro Zovko, also from Croatia, duly reserved their places in the last eight. The only notable casualty was Montenegro’s Filip Radulovic, the no.6 seed, who the previous day had finished in second position in his group, he experienced an opening round defeat at the hands of Isak Alfredsson (11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10).

Progress maintained

In a similar vein, the major name in the junior girls’ singles event to depart was that of the Czech Republic’s Martina Novakova, the no.4 seed; second place in her group one day earlier behind Romania’s Evelyn Ungvari, she was beaten in the second round by Elisa Armanini, the no.3 seed (5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8).

Impressively, Evelyn Ungvari maintained her progress as did Serbia’s Reka Bezeg, the no.2 seed. Reka Bezeg overcame Despoina Ampa of Greece (11-6, 11-4, 11-2, 11-4), Evelyn Ungvari ended the hopes of Slovakia’s Renata Lacenova (10-12, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8).

Prominent players progress

Likewise in the cadet boys’ singles event, the leading names all booked quarter-final places; it was a successful day for Carlos Fernandez, Romania’s Andrei Istrate and Paul Szilagi as it was for Norway’s Martin Froseth.

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ singles event the leading names in the guise of Chrysi Fotiadu, the Belgian duo of Julie Van Hauwaert and Sara Devos alongside Romania’s Evelyn Ungvari were not called to order.

Semi-finalists known

The quarter-finalists in the singles events known; in the doubles the semi-finalists are realised.

In the junior boys’ doubles, Ivor Ban and Lovro Zovko meet Romania’s Eduard Ionescu and Andrei Tomica, the combination of Sweden’s William Bergenblock and Romania’s Daniel Moldovan also face Romanian adversaries. They confront Andrei Istrate and Paul Szilagyi.

Similarly, in the junior girls’ doubles, Romania is in evidence; Bianca Mei Rosu and Evelyn Ungvari play Serbia’s Reka Bezeg and Radmila Tominjak. In the opposite half of the draw Claudia Caragea and Ioana Singeorzan face Belgium’s Estelle Duvivier and Amy Sow.

Also in evidence

Andrei Istrate and Paul Szilagyi prominent, it is the same in the cadet boys’ doubles. At the semi-final stage they meet Spain’s Eric Cintas and Pau Lloret; in the adjacent half of the draw it is Italy’s Daniele Spangold and Federico Vallino Costassa versus Slovakia’s Samuel Cupas and Samuel Palusek.

Romania in evidence it is no different in cadet girls’ team competition; Bianca Mei Rosu and Evelyn Ungvari meet the partnership of Italy’s Caterina Angeli and Evangeli Meramvellotak; in the opposite half Belgium’s Sara Devos and Julie Van Hauwaert play Despiona Ampa and Chrysi Fotiadou.

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World Junior Circuit 2019 North Macedonia Junior & Cadet Open Ivor Ban Filip Delincak. Radmila Tominjak
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