25 Jul 2021

A title and a place in the quarter-finals, on each occasion against the odds, Croatia, Alexis Lebrun and Camille Lutz - together and apart - were the players in form on Friday 23rd July at the Gazprom European Youth Championships in Varazdin.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The no.13 seeds secured the junior mixed doubles title; they accounted for Romania’s Darius Movileanu and Elena Zaharia, the no.2 seeds, at the final hurdle (11-9, 11-9, 11-9).

Meanwhile, in the respective junior boys’ singles and junior girls’ singles events, both reserved quarter-final places contrary to status.

Leading names prominent

Occupying the no.21 seeded position, Alexis Lebrun accounted for Norway’s Borgar Haug, the no.5 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5), prior to booking his last eight place courtesy of success in opposition to the Czech Republic’s Tomas Martinko, the no.16 seed (11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9).

Alexis Lebrun now meets Darius Movileanu, the no.9 seed, a player who also upset the order of merit having booked his last eight place by overcoming Belgium’s Adrian Rassenfosse, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-9, 13-11, 11-4).

Otherwise, it was success for the leading names. Germany’s Kay Stumper, the top seed, now faces Russia’s Damir Akhmetsafin, the no.6 seed; Poland’s Maciej Kubik, the no.8 seed, confronts Croatia’s Ivor Ban, the no.3 seed.

Meanwhile, in the same half of the draw as Alexis Lebrun and Darius Movileanu, Samuel Kulczycki, like Maciej Kubik from Poland and the no.5 seed, confronts Hungary’s Csaba Andras, the no.7 seed.

French fortunes

Similarly in the junior girls’ singles, Camille Lutz also caused a stir, beating England’s Charlotte Bardsley, the no.17 seed (11-7, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6), before ousting Germany’s Sophia Klee, the no.7 seed (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7).

Success for Camille Lutz, it was the same for Charlotte Lutz, the no.10 seed who earlier in the tournament had beaten Turkey’s Ece Harac, the no.6 seed (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6). She continued her good form, defeating Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor, the no.20 seed (11-9, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3) to reserve her last eight place.

Progress for France but there was defeat, Isa Cok, the no.2 seed, experienced defeat at the hands of Poland’s Anna Brzyska, a player not listed amongst the top 32 names. Anna Brzyska prevailed by the very narrowest of seven game margins (11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9).

Seeds fall

A quarter-final place for a non-seeded player, it was the same for Serbia’s Radmilla Tominjak, in round four she ousted Slovenia’s Lea Paulin, the no.29 seed (12-14, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 1-11, 11-8).

Likewise, in round four, Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, the no.3 seed, departed. She was beaten by Croatia’s Hana Arapovic, the no.13 seed.

An upset but not the biggest name to fall; that doubtful privilege belonged to Romania’s Elena Zaharia, the top seed, who had remained unbeaten throughout the junior girls’ team competition. She experienced defeat at the hands of Darya Kisel of Belarus, the no.9 seed (11-3, 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9).

Last eight

Of the leading names, Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian, the no.4 seed and Maria Malinina, the no.8 seed, were the only players to reach the last eight.

At the quarter-final stage Maria Malinina meets Camille Lutz, Radmilla Tominjak faces Elizabet Abraamian. In the opposite half of the draw, it is Hana Arapovic versus Charlotte Lutz, Natalia Malinina in opposition to Anna Brzyska.

Play in the junior events concludes on Saturday 24th July.

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