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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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].
February 9 and 10 in Arēna Rīga will take place Federation Cup 1st round games, where Latvian women tennis team will first time compete at the World II group, playing against team Slovakia.
As we informed before, Liepaja will be represented at the team Latvia by Anastasija Sevastova as well as former Liepaja Tennis sport school student Adrians Žguns as team captain!
We are very proud to inform, that among both previously mentioned Liepaja representatives, at the Federation Cup 1st round games Liepaja will be represented by one more tennis player – 2002 born Patrīcija Špaka, who will be at adult team Latvia for the first time.Previously Patrīcija was representing team Latvia at Juniors Federation Cup, as well last year she became European U16 vice-champion.
We congratulate our Patrīcija Špaka for getting into team Latvia and we wish her bright future.
February 9 and 10 in Arena Riga will take place Federation cup 1st leg games, where team Latvia will compete for the first time in World II group against team Slovakia.This time Liepaja will be represented at the team Latvia by Anastasija Sevastova, as well by the new captain, former Liepaja Tennis sport school student – Adrians Žguns!
Adrians informed Liepaja Tennis sport school, that he would like to support it’s students and trainers, so he decided to pay for their visit to FED Cup games in Riga, so that the young tennis players and their coaches could enjoy the higher class tennis in Arena Riga.
Adrians Žguns explained, that he is supporting this because he hopes, that this opportunity will be used by as much kids as possible and that visiting these games will provide for Liepaja and Latvia much more world class tennis players!
January 12 to 20 in Estonian city Narva took place Tennis Europe international tournament “Narva Cup” for U14 age group. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Dāvis Rolis, who was seeded 6th.In 1st round of Singles Dāvis had an easy win with 6-0 6-0 over Ivan Piskunov (Russia). In 2nd round Dāvis met with Nikodem Barcik (Poland) and won with 6-0 6-7(2) 6-2. In Quarterfinal Dāvis won with 6-4 6-1 over 1st seeded Stepan Piskunov (Russia). In Semifinal Dāvis Rolis with 6-4 7-6(4) made his place into the Final by win over 3rd seeded Andrey Kozlov (Russia). In Final Dāvis had to play against other Latvian player – Gustavs Dambiņš. With 3-6 2-6 Dāvis lost and finished 2nd overall.Dāvis Rolis competed as well in Doubles tournament, where he played together with Singles tournament winner Gustavs Dambiņš. Doubles Latvian pair began with Quarterfinal, where they with 6-4 6-2 won over Polish pair – Nikodem Barcik and Damian Piekarz. In Semifinal Dāvis and Gustavs had to compete against Ņikita Gavriļonoks (Latvia) and Moritz Lesjak (Austria). With 3-6 6-4 10-3 Dāvis and Gustavs landed in Final, where they had to compete against Russian pair – Dmitry Bessonov and Stepan Piskunov. In an intense Final game with 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 10-7 victory was taken by Latvian pair Dāvis Rolis and Gustavs Dambiņš. So Dāvis Rolis finished the tournament with Singles Silver and Doubles Gold medals!
FED CUP an unique possibility to enjoy high level tennis in Riga and support our stars Ostapenko and Sevastova.
February 9-10, 2019 in “Arēna Rīga” will take place FED CUP World II group 1st Round competition between team Latvia and team Slovakia. Already from October it is possible to buy tickets to this event, where our tennis stars Aļona Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova will represent team Latvia.Team Latvia in world ranking is in 15th place, but team Slovakia in 12th.
Tickets to this round are available in all “Biļešu Serviss” ticket points as well as in www.bilesuserviss.lv.
Let’s support our team!