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.