Balvas kandidātes. Foto: fedcup.com
Team Latvia player, our local Anastasija Sevastova for the second year in a row is nominated for the Fed Cup Heart award. This nomination Anastasija received for the win in the Fed Cup in February 2020 when team Latvia met with team USA. During the games our Anastasija with 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(4) won over the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who in the Fed Cup Singles had only victories – 14 of them.
At the end team Latvia with 2-3 lost to team USA.
The winner will be announced on May 11.
Last weekend in Latvia took place few tennis tournaments. In Ādaži at the LTU Cup leg victory was celebrated by Alise Vindiga, but Enija Paula Aploka finished 2nd. Meanwhile in Jelgava at U12 Alise Latiša finished 3rd.March 6-8 in Ādaži took place 3rd leg of LTU Cup for U18. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Didzis Vārna, Alise Vindiga, Evelīna Ķīvīte, Karolīna Skābe and Enija Paula Aploka.Didzis Vārna began with Qualifiers, but couldn’t manage to get into the Main draw. At girls competition Enija Paula Aploka as well began with the Qualifiers and she got into the Main draw where she joined other girls from Liepaja. In Main draw Karolīna Skābe finished already in 1st round by loosing with 2-6 4-6 to 2nd seeded Agrita Gavronska (Mārupes TS), but our 4th seeded Evelīna Ķīvīte got till the Semifinal, where with 1-6 2-6 she lost to our 1st seeded Alise Vindiga. Meanwhile Enija Paula Aploka who went through the Qualifiers, managed to get into the Final, which took place between two our students. With 6-3 6-2 the victory in the tournament was celebrated by Alise Vindiga, so Enija Paula Aploka finished 2nd, but Evelīna Ķīvīte in the game for 3rd place lost to Angelīna Bļinova (Tennis 4 fun) with 2-6 2-6 and finished 4th.March 7-8 in Jelgava took place tournament “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” for U12 age group. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Alise Latiša who got into the Semifinal, but with 1-6 6-7(1) lost to 1st seeded Paula Grabovska (Enri TK). In the game for 3rd place Alise with 6-1 6-2 had an easy win over 3rd seeded Emīlija Golde. So at the end our Alise Latiša finished 3rd in Jelgava.
February 29 – March 1 in Jelgava took place tournament “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” for U14 age group. Our Marija Lauva finished 2nd.
Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Marija Lauva, Elizabete Marta Hamitova and Anna Azarova.Elizabete Marta Hamitova concluded the tournament with game for Semifinal, where with 6-3 3-6 1-6 she lost to 3rd seeded Paula Bergmane (Tennis Pro Academy). In the game for Semifinal the tournament as well concluded Anna Azarova who with 0-6 1-6 lost to 2nd seeded Oļesja Demčenkova (Tennis Pro Academy). Meanwhile Marija Lauva was 1st seeded and with good result she managed to get into the Final. With 5-7 4-6 in Final better this time was Oļesja Demčenkova. So at the end Liepaja Tennis sport school student Marija Lauva concluded the tournament in 2nd place.
February 22nd and 23rd in Ādaži took place “TC Ādaži Cup” for U12 age grope. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented only by Bogdans Kozlovs who finished 3rd.
Our Bogdans Kozlovs was 1st seeded at the competition. In the 1st round Bogdans with 6-1 6-1 had an easy win over Ņikita Iņutins. In 2nd round with 6-0 6-1 over Martins Mašals (Tennis Pro Academy) Bogdans granted a place in Semifinal, where with 4-6 1-6 he lost to 4th seeded Rafaels Bācis (Denisa Pavlova TS). In the game for 3rd place with 7-6 6-2 over 3rd seeded Vladimirs Krastiņš (Revers’96-TK) our Bogdans Kozlovs finished in 3rd place in Ādaži.
Meanwhile in Jelgava took place tournament “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” for U14 age group, where Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Elizabete Marta Hamitova and Anna Azarova. Unfortunately both our girls couldn’t manage to get into the Semifinal. Even though in the 1st round Elizabete Marta Hamitova with 6-2 6-2 won over 2nd seede Stefānija Bolēvica (Event Lab).
February 15 and 16 in Liepaja LOC Tennis hall took place “A.Sevastova Prix” (A.Sevastovas balvas izcīņa) for U8, U9 and U10 age groups. At the tournament competed 62 young tennis players from all Latvia. Our students had various success. In U8 age group 1st place took Loreta Šarlote Sprūde, 2nd place – Ance Skripka and Emīls Latišs, but 3rd place – Jasmīna Sizova, meanwhile in U10 Leonards Ozoliņš finished 3rd. In U8 for boys victory was taken by Sebastians Sauša (ACB/VL Tenisa skola), who won all games, but 2nd place was taken by Liepaja Tennis sport school student Emīls Latišs, in 3rd place finished Arons Osipjans (Denisa Pavlova TS). Meanwhile in girls competition all medals were taken by Liepaja Tennis sport school students – 1st place took Loreta Šarlote Sprūde, in 2nd place finished Ance Skripka, but 3rd place – Jasmīna Sizova. In U9 age group for boys competed only one Liepaja Tennis sport school student – Markuss Gūža, but unfortunately he couldn’t manage to win a game and finished in last 8th place. Victory was celebrated by Evans Mellups (Tennis Pro Academy), in 2nd place finished Renārs Silms (ACB/VL Tenisa skola), but in 3rd – Otto Reno Rasa (Bīriņa TK). In U9 girls competition the best result by our students was shown by Darja Korčevska who finished 4th. Victory was taken by Elīze Puriņa (TC Ādaži), 2nd place – Tīna Jansone (individually), but in 3rd place finished Kira Ptičkina (individually). In U10 age group for boys in the Final round got our student Leonards Ozoliņš, who at the end finished in 3rd place. Victory was celebrated by Jānis Liberts (TC Ādaži), but in 2nd place finished Vestards Elsbergs (TC Ādaži). In U10 girls competition the best success from our students was shown by Viktorija Homutova who got into the Final round, but at the end finished in 4th place. Victory was taken by Marina Markina (individually), in 2nd place finished Kira Šurašova (Tennis Pro Academy), but in 3rd place – Elizabete Ozola (Mārupes TS).
February 14 – 16 in Great Britain city Sunderland took place “Tennis Europe Winter Cups by HEAD” for U12 Final tournament. In this tournament competed team Latvia girls, who in early February won the possibility to participate in the Final tournament. Together with Adelina Lačinova and Stefānija Bolēvica, team Latvia was represented by Liepaja Tennis sport school student Marija Lauva. In the Final tournament team Latvia took 7th place.The possibility to compete in the Final tournament was won by 8 national teams – Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Poland and last year winners – Russia.In the first day of the Final tournament team Latvia met against team Belarus. First Singles game was played by our Marija Lauva, who with 6-7(5) 1-6 lost to Belarussian Uladzislava Manzhos. In the second Singles game Latvian Adelina Lačinova with 1-6 4-6 lost to Yuliya Perapekhina. So team Belarus granted themselves place in Semifinal. The concluding Doubles game Latvian girls Marija Lauva and Stefānija Bolēvica with 6-3 5-7 10-7 won over the Belarussians. So team Latvia continued to compete for 5th-8th place.In second day game for the 5th-8th place, team Latvia met against team Czech Republic. Unfortunately team Latvia lost to team Czech Republic with 0-3. Our Marija Lauva competed in Doubles, where together with Adelina Lačinova they lost with 4-6 3-6.In the concluding last day, team Latvia competed for the 7th-8th place against team Italy. First Singles game was won by our Marija Lauva, who in two hours game with 7-6(8) 5-7 6-3 won over Italian Elena Francese. Second Singles game with 6-0 4-6 6-1 was won by Latvian Adelina Lačinova. So team Latvia granted themselves 7th place in Europe. In the remaining Doubles game Marija Lauva together with Stefānija Bolēvica with 6-4 6-4 put a dot in the competition against team Italy with overall win with 3-0.The victory in “Tennis Europe Winter Cups by HEAD” Final tournament was won by team Great Britain, but team Latvia finished 7th.
February 8 and 9 in Jelgava took place tournament “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” for U18. Liepaja Tennis sport school representative Paula Jankova celebrated the victory in the tournament.
Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Didzis Vārna and Paula Jankova.At boys competition Didzis Vārna was seeded 4th. In 1st round with 6-2 6-1 won over Krišjānis Dzirkals (Mārupes TS), but in game for Semifinal Didzis with 3-6 1-6 lost to Rūdolfs Auniņš (TK Jelgava). Meanwhile at the girls competition Paula Jankova was seeded 4th as well. She began with the game for Semifinal, where with 6-3 6-4 she won over Daniela Puiše (Enri TK). In Semifinal Paula won with 6-2 6-0 over Madara Balode. In Final Paula met with Elīza Kupruka (Mārupes TS). With 6-1 6-3 victory in the tournament was celebrated by our Paula Jankova.
Meanwhile in Ādaži took place “TC Ādaži un Minhauzena balvas izcīņa” for U8 and U9 age groups. Our Loreta Šarlote Sprūde took 2nd place in U8, but Darja Korčevska finished 9th in U9.
February 7 – 9 in Riga took place 2nd leg of LTU Cup for U12 age group. Liepaja Tennis sport school student Marija Lauva took 3rd place.
Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Bogdans Kozlovs, Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese, Timo Tikums, Marija Lauva, Sabīne Vaidere, Anna Azarova and Elizabete Marta Hamitova.At boys competition Timo Tikums couldn’t manage to get in the Main draw, but Matīss Ozoliņš-Pese lost in the 1st round of Main draw, while Bogdans Kozlovs finished in game for Semifinal.
At girls competition Elizabete Marta Hamitova remained in Qualification round, but Sabīne Vaidere and Anna Azarova couldn’t get into the games for Semifinal. Meanwhile Marija Lauva got into the Semifinal, but with 3-6 3-6 she lost to Odeta Panasa (Tennis Pro Academy) and afterwards in game for 3rd place with 7-5 6-1 over Stefānija Bolēvica (Event Lab) Marija Lauva granted herself 3rd place in the 2nd leg of LTU Cup for U12 age group.
After the victory in ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour category W15 tournament “Liepaja Open” our Elza Tomase has debuted in WTA ranking.February 3, 2020 new WTA ranking was published. Thanks to the victory in ITF “Liepaja Open” tournament, 18 years old Elza Tomase has signed in the WTA ranking with 10 received points. Elza Tomase debuted at the WTA ranking in 1044th place. Elza still competes in Junior tournaments. In ITF Juniors ranking Elza Tomase at the moment is in 253rd place. Today Elza is in Moldova, where she competes in ITF Juniors tournament “J2 Chisinau”. At this tournament Elza is seeded 8th and in the 1st round she won with 5:7 6:1 6:2 over Iulia Gherman from Molodva. In 2nd round Elza will go head to head with Anna Zyryanova from Russia.We congratulate Elza Tomase with getting into the WTA rating and we wish her to climb higher in the ranking.
Latvian tennis players in WTA ranking (February 3, 2020):
40th place – Jeļena Ostapenko
41st place – Anastasija Sevastova
255th place – Diāna Marcinkeviča
502nd place – Daniela Vismane
918th place – Kamilla Bartone
1037th place – Margarita Ignatjeva
1044th place – Elza Tomase
1281st place – Darja Semenistaja
February 1 and 2 in Jelgava took place “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” competition for U12 age group. Liepaja Tennis sport school student Elizabete Marta Hamitova returned from Jelgava with 1st place.
Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented by Elizabete Marta Hamitova and Daniela Krušatina.Daniela Krušatina got till the Semifinal, where with 1-6 0-6 she lost to the 1st seeded Laura Tropa. In the game for 3rd place Daniela with 1-6 3-6 lost to 3rd seeded Krista Sautiņa (Ādaži TC) and finished 4th. Meanwhile other our student – Elizabete Marta Hamitova was 2nd seeded and with good games she got till the Final, where with 6-4 6-2 she won over 1st seeded Laura Tropa. So at the end our Elizabete Marta Hamitova took the victory at “Tenisa Klubs Jelgava” tournament.
Meanwhile in Aizkraukle took place 2nd leg of LTU Cup for U18 age group. Liepaja Tennis sport school was represented only by Karolīna Skābe. Unfortunatelly the tournament for Karolīna finished already in 1st round, where she with 4-6 6(5)-7 lost to 3rd seeded Sofija Zariņa (Mārupes TS).