January 28 to 31. In Ryazan (Russia) at N.N.Ozerov Tennis academy took place Tennis Europe international tournament “Winter Cups by Head” qualification round for girls 13 and under. At competition in Russia participated best young tennis players from different countries – Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Russia.
This year the qualification tournament for girls was split in four groups:: A-Austria, B-Czech Republic, C-Russia and D-Turkey. In the C participating team Latvia was represented by 3 young tennis players: E.Ķīvīte (Liepāja), D.Vorslava (Aizkraukle) and E.Sausverde (Rīga). Team captain was coach from Liepāja Tennis Sport school – O.Bordjugova.In the first leg of the tournament competed team Latvia against Team Romania (next winners of the tournament) and lost with 3:0. Liepāja Tennis Sport school student Evelīna Ķīvīte played against A.Petric and lost with 6:1 6:0. E.Sausverde lost to V.Teiusanu with the same score. In Doubles E.Ķīvīte playing in pair with D.Vorslava lost to Romanian couple A.Petric/M.Wetherall with 6:1 6:2.In the next tournament leg Latvian girls met with their neighbors from Estonia. Unfortunately team Latvia lost with 2:1. In Singles E.Ķīvīte lost with (6:3 7:6(4)) and E.Sausverde with (7:5 6:3). In Doubles E.Ķīvīte this time played in pair with E.Sausverde and succeeded with 6:4 7:5. In conclusion team Latvia was placed 7th.This tournament was a great possibility for our girls to get new experience in playing against other young tennis players from different countries. The conclusion after the tournament is, that it is necessary to continue hard work on the court and gain physical condition. We have to keep playing games and gain victories, so that we can continue and get better at international competitions.
January 29.to 31. in Jelgava took place 2nd leg of Latvian Tennis Union (LTU) cup for U18 age group. At Main Draw participated 7 students from Liepāja Tennis Sport school.Our Rebeka Mertena became the winner of this tournament by winning over Anna Jakovļeva (Riga) with 7/6(5) 6/4. Elza Tomase, Signija Stībele and Elīna Zīverte could win in the 1st round, but Marta Pagraba, Patrīcija Špaka and Renārs Grodskis lost already in the first games. Patrīcija Špaka and Renārs Grodskis became winners of Consolation cup.
From January 21 to 23 in Lielupe tennis courts took place LTU Cup leg for U14 age group. Liepāja Tennis Sport school students took home three medals.
At girls competition in Final competed our students – Patrīcija Špaka and Elza Tomase. In two set game, with 6/2 6/1, better was Patrīcija Špaka and took gold medal.At boys Final competed our Valērijs Vorobjovs. Valērijs took silver medal, because in the Final game Edvards Liepiņš (ACB/VL Tenisa skola) won with 6/2 6/1.Veronika Zalcmane and Dana Gribeļska won in the 1st round, but they lost games to get into the Semifinals. Alise Vindiga, Kārlis Vēberis and Daniels Špaks lost already in the 1st round.
Saturday, January 17, in Ventspils took place first tournament in 2016 for the youngest tennis players. The tournament didn’t have many participants – at boys competition played six and at girls competition – eight players.At boys competition 1st place was won by our Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese. 2nd place was taken by Gustavs Ķēniņš from Ventspils, but third place by other our student – Ernests Brūders.At girls competition 1st place was won by Andželīna Garda from Babītes, but in silver and bronze was taken by our students – Anna Azarova and Sabīne Vaidere. Winners were awarded with cups and prizes from Babolat.
January 9, Latvian U10 tennis players were invited to Year 2015 conclusion event, which took place in beach sports center Brazīlija. At the event participated as well young tennis players from Liepaja.At the event were awarded the best players of the year. From Liepāja, for the year winners were nominated Marija Lauva and Enija Paula Aploka.The theme of the event were Minions and all tennis players were trying to dress like their favorite animation movie heroes. For the best dressed for the event were awarded our Ketlina Ārone, the costume was made by her mother.The event was spent in friendly environment. Kids played games, danced and took different tasks. At the end the children had Minions cake and received gifts from the supporters.
New tennis players from Liepaja had successful 1st leg of LTU (Latvian Tennis Union) cup for U12 age group, which took place in January 15-17 in Jelgava. At this competition participated 10 players from Liepaja – 5 in qualification, 5 in Main Draw.
From qualification into Main Draw could get only Enija Paula Aploka. She won her first round in Main Draw agaisnt Johanna Priedīte with 6/4 3/6 6/0.
Karolīna Skābe, Ričards Špaks and Dāvis Rolis lost already in their first games.Better success had Evelīna Ķīvīte and Dāvids Špaks. Dāvids without lost games played till semifinals, where he lost to Renārs Rieksts (Tennis 4 fun) with 6/1 6/4. But in game for 3rd place Dāvids won over Ruslans Filipenko (Jūrmala) with 7/5 7/6 and took bronze.
Already this Thursday, January 21 in TC Lielupe will take place competition for U14 age group.
January 8-10, in Ādaži took place 1st leg of LTU cup 2016 for U18 age group. 5 Liepāja Tennis Sport school students participated in this tournament – Rebeka Mertena, Marta Pagraba, Signija Stībele, Toms Rolis and Renārs Grodskis.
Rebeka took bronze. Unexpectedly she lost in semifinal to 3 years younger Kamilla Bārtone from Riga with 5/7 6/4 4/6. In game for 3rd place Rebeka was better than Anna Jakovļeva (VL Tenisa skola) and won with 6/4 4/6 7/5.
The best result had Liepāja Tennis Sport school student Toms Rolis, who won 2nd place by loosing in final to Mārupe TS student Andris Gudiņš with 6/1 6/4.
Marta Pagraba won in 1st round, but in 2nd round she lost to the next 4th place winner Anna Jakovļeva. Renārs Grodskis as well lost in 2nd round to the next tournament winner A.Gudiņš with 0/6 2/6. Signija Stībele already in the 1st round lost to Anna Marija Bukina (LSNTA) with 3/6 2/6.
Last weekend, the Main Arena of Liepaja Olympic center was given to young tennis players, who participated in U10 tournament “Olympic Stars” for U8 (RED) and U9 (ORANGE) age groups.The organizers of the tournament can be happy, because at the last tournament of the year, participated 51 participants not only from Liepaja. The participants arrived as well from other Latvian cities – Ventspils, Rīga, Cēsīs, Ikšķile, Ādaži and others.During the tournament, it was played 156 games. Despite the big participant number and the big competition, the home court advantage was used by players from Liepaja, who overall took 15 medals from 24 possible. In the tournament are awarded best 6 players.Organizers would like to thank to all participants, parents, coaches and others who gave positive emotions. And of course big thanks to supporters – Liepāja Tennis sport school, SIA „Liepājas Olimpiskais centrs”, Liepāja city hall, Wilson Latvija (SIA “Intrad”), Cili Pica”, cafe „Lotte caffe”, SIA „Art soapworks”, SIA „Liepājas RAS”, SIA „Venden”.Winners of the tournament:
1.Rafaels Gorsvāns (Ventspils)
2. Mikus Irbe (Ventspils)
3. Klāvs Kaņepe (Rīga)
4. Bogdans Kozlovs (coach Dainis Bernāts)
5. Didzis Čerņecovs (coach Ina Kublačova)
6. Toms Mičulis (coach Daņils Kozlovs)
1. Laura Kristiāna Sprūde (coach Ina Kublačova)
2. Evelīna Poikāne (coach Evija Reinfelde)
3. Sabīne Vaidere (coach Ina Kublačova)
4. Elīna Vlasova (coach Evija Reinfelde)
5. Elizabete Marta Hamitova (coach Evija Reinfelde)
6. Žanete Daila Siliņa (Ventspils)
1. Ralfs Rukmanis (coach Evija Reinfelde)
2. Normunds Rudzītis (Ikšķile)
3. Jēkabs Skolnieks (Babītes pagasts)
4. Kristers Boks (coach Evija Reinfelde)
5. Gregors Lazdāns (coach Evija Reinfelde)
6. Eduards Karpovs (Ādaži)
1. Ketlina Arone (coach Ina Kublačova)
2. Marija Lauva (coach Olga Bordjugova)
3. Paula Kapleite (coach Ina Kublačova)
4. Megija Mūrniece (Ventspils)
5. Evelīna Beneša (coach Olga Bordjugova)
6. Jana Deņisenko (Rīga)Information from Raivo Špaks (director of the tournament)