From Georgia returns with Sivler and Bronze

In early June Liepaja Tennis sport school student Elza Tomase had a good ITF Juniors tournament in Georgia. In Singles Elza took 3rd place, but in Doubles she finished 2nd.From June 3-8 in Georgian capital Tbilisi took place ITF Juniors tournament “ITF Tbilisi Cup 2019”, where Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Elza Tomase and Valerijs Vorobjovs.Valerijs Vorobjovs in the 1st round of Main draw with 4-6 1-6 lost to Shokhrukh Gayratov (Kazakhstan) and his Singles tournament unfortunately was over. Valerijs together with Daniel Karapetyan (Armenia) competed in Doubles. In 1st round they met against 1st seeded Ilarion Danilchenko (Russia) and Emir Sendogan (Turkey). In an intense game with 3-6 7-5 6-10 Valerijs and Daniel lost to their opponents.Elza Tomase in the 1st round of Singles had an easy win with 6-2 6-0 over Polina Koneva (Russia). In 2nd round with 6-0 6-4 a win over Anastasia Kovaleva (Russia). In Quarterfinal Elza with 6-3 7-6(3) had a victory over Irena Muradyan (Armenia). But in the game for Final Elza with 0-6 4-6 lost to Tatyana Nikolenko (Kazakhstan). So at the end Elza Tomase finished in split 3rd place.Elza in pair with Anastasia Kovaleva (Russia) competed in Doubles as well. Both girls managed to get till the Final where with an intense 7-5 4-6 3-10 they lost to Georgian pair Tamari Gagoshidze and Nino Natsvlishvili. So at the end Elza Tomase and Anastasia Kovaleva finished 2nd in ITF Juniors Doubles tournament.Photo: Georgia Tennis Federation

June has begun with some victories

Last weekend Liepaja Tennis sport school students competed in various national and international competitions with various success. Dāvids Špaks finished 3rd in Doubles in Estonia, but Didzis Vārna took 2nd place in Ādaži, meanwhile in competition in Liepaja almost all podium was taken by our students.

May 25 till June 2 in Estonian capital Tallinn took place Tennis Europe tournament “Estonian Junior Open”, where Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Dāvids Špaks.

Dāvids Špaks begun the tournament with qualification round, where he had two wins with 6-0 6-1 over Andree Karel Kalle (Estonia) and with 1-6 6-1 6-1 over Oleg Molotkov (Estonia) and qualified for the Main draw where he unfortunately lost already in the 1st round to 4th seeded Nikola Zekic (Serbia) in intense game with 3-6 7-5 3-6. Dāvids together with other Latvian representative Arjoms Afanasjevs competed in Doubles, where in 1st round with 6-7(2) 6-2 15-13 they won over Estonians Jakob Eduard Laul and Mathias Tempel. In Quarterfinal Dāvids and Artjoms in intense game with 3-6 6-4 10-6 won over Edas Butvilas (Lithuania) and Patryk Stankiewicz (Poland). In game for the Final Dāvids and Artjoms with 6-1 6-3 lost to next Doubles tournament winners Juho Eric Biggs (Finland) and Andreas Sillaste (Estonia) so Dāvids and Artjoms finished 3rd.

May 31 till June 2 in Riga took place “Rīgas čempionāts pieaugušajiem” (Riga adult championship), which was as well the 3rd leg of LTU Cup. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Toms Rolis, Toms Sutris, Matīss Šteinhards, Justs Jakovlevs, Renārs Grodskis, Alise Vindiga and Veronika Jociene.In men competition best result had Toms Rolis, who got into the Final, where he with 1-6 3-6 lost to 1st seeded Rihards Emuliņš (Mārupes TS) and finished 3rd overall. Meanwhile at women competition Alise Vindiga finished already after the 1st round, but Veronika Jociene finished in the game for Semifinal.

June 1 and 2 in Ādaži took place “Ādažu kauss U14” (Ādaži Cup U14), where Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Didzis Vārna, who with good games managed to get into the Final. With 3-6 5-7 Didzis lost to 1st seeded Daņils Folkheims (Biedrība Teniss Rīgā). So at the end Didzis Vārna finished 2nd in Ādaži Cup.

June 1 and 2 in the tennis courts of Liepaja Tennis sport school took place “Prince balvas izcīņa” (Prince Prix) for U12. At the home competition Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented with a lot of young tennis players. At boys competition the victory was taken by Bogdans Kozlovs (Liepaja Tennis sport school), 2nd place took Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese (Liepaja Tennis sport school), but in 3rd place finished Maiks Vasilioglo (individual). At girls competition 1st place was taken by Marija Lauva (Liepaja Tennis sport school), in 2nd place finished Anna Azarova (Liepaja Tennis sport school), but 3rd place was taken by Evelīna Poikāne (Liepaja Tennis sport school).

In Liepaja will take place Tennis Europe tournament

June 17 – 21 in the tennis courts of Liepaja Tennis sport school will take place Tennis Europe tournament – “Liepaja International tournament U14”, where will compete the young tennis players from all around the world.At the moment there are 204 interested young tennis players, who are eager to compete in Liepaja. Possible participants will come from following countries – Switzerland, France, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Netherlands, USA, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Cyprus and of course – Latvia.

Everyone is invited to support the young tennis players at the Liepaja Tennis sport school Tennis courts in Beach park (Jūrmalas parks). Visitors entry is free of charge.

In May Liepaja young tennis players reached good results

In last few weeks Liepaja Tennis sport school students competed in various local, national and international competition with various results. Elza Tomase took Silver in international Singles tournament, meanwhile Patrīcija Špaka won international Doubles tournament, while Dāvis Rolis and Elza Tomase finished 2nd in international Doubles.

International competitions

May 4-12 in Viljandi (Estonia) took place Tennis Europe “Airok Viljandi Open” for U16. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Dāvis Rolis.In 1st round Dāvis with 6-1 6-2 won over Sten Hiiesalu (Estonia), but in 2nd round with 1-6 2-6 Dāvis lost to Andre Toomvali (Estonia).

May 19-26 in Estonian capital Tallinn took place Tennis Europe “Estonian Junior Open” for U14 with participation of our Dāvis Rolis.

Dāvis in 1st round with 6-3 6-1 won over Georg Strasch (Estonia). In 2nd round with 6-4 6-2 win over Emil Matikainen (Finland). In game for Semifinal Dāvis lost with 2-6 6-7(3) to 2nd seeded Tomasz Berkieta (Poland). Dāvis Rolis together with Denis Maijorov (Estonia) competed in Doubles. Latvian Estonian pair managed to get to the Final, where unfortunately with 5-7 0-6 they lost to Gustavs Dambiņš (Latvia) and Marc Majdandzic (Germany). So Dāvis Rolis finished 2nd in Doubles.

May 13-18 in Latvian city Ventspils took place ITF Juniors “Ventspils Open by Babolat”. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Valerijs Vorobjovs, Evelīna Ķīvīte, Elza Tomase, Alise Vindiga.Best result had our Elza by getting into the Final against Stefānija Poļiščuka. With 3-6 0-6 our Elza Tomase lost and finished 2nd in ITF Juniors tournament.Elza Tomase together with Sofiya Chekhlystova (Estonia) competed in Doubles and they got till the Final against Latvian pair Margarita Ignatjeva and Stefānija Poļiščuka. With 3-6 3-6 Latvian pair won so our Elza Tomase with Estonian Sofiya Chekhlystova finished 2nd in Doubles. So at the end our Elza Tomase in the ITF Juniors tournament had double Silver.

May 20-25 in Estonian capital Tallinn took place  ITF Juniors “Estonian Junior Open” where Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Valerijs Vorobjovs, Patrīcija Špaka and Elza Tomase.

Valerijs Vorobjovs began with Qualifiers and couldn’t manage to qualify for Main draw. Meanwhile at girls competition Patrīcija Špaka in 1st round lost to 1st seeded Weronika Baszak (Poland). Elza Tomase lost in 2nd round to 3rd seeded Aleksandra Julia Jelen (Poland) with 4-6 2-6. Patrīcija Špaka together with Kristina Dmitruk (Belarus) competed in Doubles. They managed to get till the Final against Margarita Ignatjeva (Latvia) and Elizaveta Dementyeva (Russia). With 6-3 6-3 victory in Doubles tournament was celebrated by our Patrīcija Špaka and Belarussian Kristina Dmitruk.

Younger tennis players

May 18 in Jūrmala took place LTS / Kings College Spring tennis festival for U10 in Doubles. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Liepaja pair Jeļizaveta Rižkova and Karolīna Lāce, Meanwhile Paula Gurecka played with Keisija Bērziņa (Tennis Pro Academy), Orests Ronis with Vestards Elsbergs (TC Ādaži), but Timo Bertrams Tikums with Anna Šteinberga (Ventspils TK).

Best result had our Paula Gurecka with Keisiju Bērziņu from Riga by finishing 6th. Meanwhile Ronis-Elsbergs finished 9th, Tikums-Šteinberga – 11th, but Rižkova-Lāce finished 16th.

May 18 and 19 in Jūrmala took place LTS / Kings College Spring tennis festival for U8, U9 and U10 in Singles. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Markuss Gūža, Darja Korčevska, Marina Poļikarpova and Ance Skripka in U8, Olivers Arons in U9, Timo Bertrams Tikums, Orests Ronis, Jeļizaveta Rižkova, Karolīna Lāce, Alise Latiša and Paula Gurecka in U10.In U8 our Darja Korčevska got into till the game for 3rd place, where she won with 11-3. So Darja Korčevska finished with Bronze. Ance Skripka in her first competition finshed 10th, but Marina Poļikarpova – 18th. Meanwhile at boys competition Markuss Gūža finshed 15th.

In U9 Olivers finished 16th.In U10 Orests Ronis finished 18th, but Timo Bertrams Tikums – 26th. At girls competition Alise Latiša and Paula Gurecka won in their subdivisions and continued to compete for victory in tournament. At the end Paula Gurecka finished 5th, but Alise Latiša finished 2nd in the tournament.

May 25 and 26 in Liepaja took place season opening tournament in mini tennis “Liepājas Tenisa sporta skolas meistarsacīkstes” for U8, U9 and U10. Of course in the home tournament Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented with a lot of young tennis players.Results
U-8 girls:
1st place – Darja Korčevska (Liepaja Tennis sport school)
2nd place – Emīlija Brūdere (Liepaja Tennis sport school)
3rd place – Maija Jablonska (Liepaja Tennis sport school)U-8 boys:
1st place – Alex Teodors Galics (Tennis Pro Academy)
2nd place – Aleksejs Žuravļovs (Rēzekne)
3rd place – Andrejs Gilodo (Denisa Palvova TS)U-9 girls:
1st place – Līga Freimane (Teniss Rīgā biedrība)
2nd place – Emma Spredze (ACB/VL tennis school)
3rd place– Isabella Dinulovic (Tennis Pro Academy)U-9 boys:
1st place – Aleksandrs Harjuzovs (Ventspils TK)
2nd place – Leonards Ozoliņš (Liepaja Tennis sport school)
3rd place – Damirs Livanskis (Liepaja Tennis sport school)U-10 girls:
1st place – Anna Azarova (Liepaja Tennis sport school)
2nd place – Alise Latiša (Liepaja Tennis sport school)
3rd place – Elizabete Marta Hamitova (Liepaja Tennis sport school)U-10 boys:
1st place – Romans Kravcovs (Denisa Pavlova TS)
2nd place – Jegors Haritonovs (TK Enri)
3rd place – Ņikita Iņutins (TK Enri)U12 tennis players

May 18 and 19 in Liepaja took place Amber Wilson Prix for U12. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese, Bogdans Kozlovs, Ernests Brūders, Marks Freiborns, Marija Lauva, Sabīne Vaidere, Ketlina Arone, Elizabete Marta Hamitova, Anastasija Lomovska, Evelīna Poikāne, Annete Skripka, Laura Kļaviņa and Daniela Krušatina.At boys competition best result had Bogdans Kozlovs and Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese by getting into the Semifinal, where they had to compete against each other. With 6-3 6-4 place in Final won Bogdans Kozlovs. Meanwhile Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese in game for 3rd place with 6-2 6-0 had an easy win over Kristofers Krūmiņš (Mārupes TS), so Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese took Bronze. In Final Bogdans Kozlovs played against Kirils Sokolovs (Tennis Pro Academy). With 6-0 6-3 victory in Amber Wilson Prix was won by our Bogdans Kozlovs.At girls competition our Marija Lauva got into the Semifinal. In game for Final Marija with 2-6 0-6 lost to 1st seeded Adelina Lačinova (TSS Opena). In game for 3rd place against 2nd seeded Daniela Puiša (Enri TK) Marija Lauva with 2-6 6-4 6-0 could win, so Marija Lauva finished 3rd in Amber Wilson Prix.

Fed Cup games with our participation against Germany has concluded

April 19-20 in Riga took place Fed Cup by BNP Paribas games to reach eight-team World Group between Latvia and Germany. Without our Anastasija Sevastova, who had an injury, so couldn’t compete at the games, team Latvia unfortunately lost to Germany with 1-3.Without our Anastasija, team Latvia at the Fed Cup still got some Liepaja representatives, because as in games against team Slovakia, in team Latvia was included our young Patrīcija Špaka, as well as the team Latvia captain was our Adrians Žguns.We would like to thank to Adrians Žguns for the support and giving the possibility for young tennis players from Liepaja to visit the Fed Cup games in Riga for free.

As well we wish our Patrīcija Špaka excellent achievements and results in her future competitions, as well the possibility to play at the Fed Cup game.Photo: LTS / Raimonds Volonts

First seminar in the new Tennis hall

April 17, in the White hall of the new Liepaja Tennis hall took place seminar- presentation with the topic “Get higher education in USA while playing tennis. What to do, to receive scholarship for studies”.Seminar in collaboration with Liepaja Tennis sport school organized Liepaja born, Liepaja Tennis sport school graduate, Rollins College graduate, Latvian national team player, coach, head of tennis center in Orlando, USA – Anžela Žguna, who lives and works in the USA already more than 15 years, as well head of Liepaja Sport department Elans Strazdiņš.Anžela Žguna in the seminar for children from age 14 and parents, who would like for their kids to achieve better results in tennis main topic was to find out what is necessary to play and study tennis in USA.

Elza Tomase takes a win in ITF Juniors tornament

In the end of the March in Latvia took place two ITF Juniours tennis tournaments. In one of them victory celebrated Liepaja Tennis sport school student Elza Tomase.

March 18-29 in Ādaži took place two ITF Juniors tournaments – “Adazi Open” and “Latvian Open”. In both tournaments competed Liepaja Tennis sport school students Valērijs Vorobjovs and Elza Tomase, meanwhile Alise Vindiga competed in “Latvian Open” tournament.In “Adazi Open” Valērijs Vorobjovs began with the qualifying round, where he unfortrunately lost already in the first game with 1-6 3-6  to George Oganov (Russia). Valērijs together with Aliaksandr Sasnouski (Belarus) competed in Doubles, where in 1st round with 7-6(4) 6-2 they won over Ugnius Bickauskas (Lithuania) and Taras Pakharenko (Ukraine). But in the game for Semifinal Valērijs and Aliaksandr lost to 1st seeded and the next winners of the doubles Tomasz Frankowski (Poland) and Tin Krstulovic (Slovakia) with 2-6 1-6.

In “Adazi Open” our Elza Tomase was 5th seeded and in 1st round with 4-6 6-2 6-2 she won over Sabina Zeynalov (Ukraine). In 2nd round with 7-5 6-1 she won over Patricija Paukstyte (Lithuania). In Quarterfinal Elza 6-3 6-0 won over Hanna Vinahradava (Belarus). In Semifinal with 7-6(6) 6-3 Elza granted herself a spot in the Final by winning over Emilia Tverijonaite (Lithuania). The Final was played between Elzu Tomasi and other Latvian representative Laura Slišāne, who was 3rd seeded in the tournament. In a three set game with 3-6 6-1 6-1 victory was celebrated by our Elza Tomase so she won the ITF Juniors tournament.In “Adazi Open” doubles our Elza Tomase played together with the other singles Finalist  Laura Slišāne. Latvians in the 1st round with 6-2 6-3 won over Norwegian pair Emely Kahrs and Ine Soltveit Stange. In the game for Semifinal Elza and Laura lost to Belarusian pair Veranika Pryts and Hanna Vinahradava with 1-6 4-6.

In “Latvian Open” tournament Valērijs Vorobjovs again began with the qualifying round, and unfortunately this time he again concluded the tournament in the 1st game by loosing with 2-6 3-6 to Artem Starikov (Russia).

In “Latvian Open” girls competition our Alise Vindiga began with qualifiers, where in the 1st round with 6-1 6-2 she won over Maryia Stsetsevich (Belarus). But in the 2nd round of qualifiers in intense game with 3-6 7-5 2-6 Alise lost to Liisa Varul (Estonia). Meanwhile Elza Tomase “Latvian Open” tournament began again in the Main draw and again she was 5th seeded. In the 1st round Elza with 7-5 6-2 won over Helena Narmont (Estonia). In the game for Quarterfinal with result 1-6 Elza couldn’t continue her game and retired from the tournament.

Patrīcija Špaka wins in ITF Juniors doubles tournament

March 4 – 10 in Trnava (Slovakia) took place ITF Juniors “U18 Empire Cup 2019”. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Patrīcija Špaka who took the victory in doubles.

In Singles Patrīcija was 8th seeded, so she began the tournament with the 2nd round where with 6-2 5-7 6-2 she won over Sofia Antonella Caldera (Italy). But in the game for Quarterfinal Patrīcija lost with 2-6 0-6 to Klara Novakova (Czech Republic). By the way, Klara Novakova took the victory in the Singles tournament.Patrīcija together with Kristina Dmitruk (Belarus) competed in Doubles tournament as well. As they were 4th seeded, they began Doubles with 2nd round, where with 6-2 2-6 11-9 they won over Bianca Behulova (Slovakia) and Darja Vidmanova (Czech Republic). In Quarterfinal Patrīcija and Kristina with 3-6 6-4 10-5 celebrated win over Sofia Costoulas (Belgium) and Paticie Kubikova (Czech Republic). In Semifinal with 4-6 6-1 10-6 a win over Sara Suchankova (Slovakia) and Natalia Szabanin (Hungary). In Final Patrīcija and Kristina continued to take all wins in Tiebreaks, this time with 6-2 2-6 10-8 over Eszter Meri (Slovakia) and Klara Novakova (Czech Republic) our Patrīcija Špaka together with Kristina Dmiruk celebrated the victory in ITF Juniors Doubles tournament.

Patrīcija Špaka and Elza Tomase competes in ITF Juniors tournament in Lithuania

February 19 to 24 Liepaja Tennis sport school students Elza Tomase and Patrīcija Špaka competed in ITF Juniors tournament “Siauliai Open 2019” which took place in Lithuanian city Siauliai.

Elza Tomase began at Qualifiers, where in 1st round with 6-0 6-0 she won over Alice Barmashyna (Ukraine), but in 2nd round with 0-6 6-2 2-6 Elza lost to Kristina Dmitruk (Belarus) and her tournament was over.Patrīcija Špaka began the tournament with Main draw, where in 1st round with 6-2 6-1 she won over Selin Lidya Sepken (Turkey), but in 2nd round with 6-1 6-2 she won over Fausta Zykute (Lithuania). In game for Semifinal Patrīcija with 4-6 1-6 lost to 7th seeded Francesca Curmi (Malta).

In ITF Juniors tournament in Warsaw 2nd place

February 6-10 Liepaja Tennis sport school student Elza Tomase competed in ITF Juniours tournament “Warsaw Cup 2” which took place in capital of Poland – Warsaw.

6th seeded Elza Tomase in 1st round with 6-0 6-1 had an easy win over Nikol Palecek (Serbia), but in 2nd round with 6-2 6-4 a win over Agata Cerna (Czech Republic). In Quarterfinal Elza had to compete against 1st seeded Sofia Rocchetti (Italy) and with 7-6(6) 6-4 Elza was better than Italian. In Semifinal Elza competed against 4th seeded Terezie Pluharova (Czech Republic). Elza granted her place in Final by winning over Terezie with an easy 6-1 6-2. In Final Elza Tomase met with Alessandra Simone (Italy). In similar and intense game Elza with 6-7(4) 6-7(7) lost to the Italian and finished 2nd overall.Elza Tomase with Helena Narmont (Estonia) competed in Doubles. In 1st round Elza with Helena won over Nikol Palecek (Serbia) and Hanna Vinahradava (Belarus) with 6-3 6-3. But in the game for Semifinals Elza and Helena in tight game lost to Polish pair Carolina Cerowska and Olga Golas with 6-2 6-7(2) [12-14].