“Tyrolean Tennis Prodigy Dominates International U14 Tennis Circuit”

2023-04-24 17:01:39

Austria’s top talent among girls is once again making a big impact these days. After the double at the ÖTV youth indoor championships U14 in Leibnitz on March 21 and her triumph at the 48th indoor tennis tournament for the Karl-Graf challenge cup in Feldkirch, an ÖTV tournament in the general class, the twelve-year-old is open again this time cleared at international level. The Tyrolean won a Category 2 Tennis Europe U14 youth tournament for the first time at the Trnava Cup U14. She did not lose a set in her six matches and won the final against the second-ranked Czech Jana Kovackova 6:2, 6:0. Only in doubles did she lose with Sofia Rachel Kocisova (Slovakia) in the quarterfinals against the eventual winners.

The ninth seeded Pircher only had to fight against the Slovakian local matador Sofia Barhacova, who was seventh, in the round of 16 in a 7:5, 6:3. In her other four matches, she lost just seven games and handed out the maximum penalty in four sets. Pircher had previously reached a category 3 final and a category 2 semi-final this year, but this time it also worked in the tournament finish. “I am very happy to win in the U14 category 2 for the first time,” wrote the highly talented Zamserin on her Instagram page. It is her fifth Tennis Europe title overall: last year she triumphed in doubles at the 12 & Under Festival in Manacor on Mallorca and in singles U14 at the category 3 event in Kreuzlingen, this year in doubles in Bar-le- Duc (category 3) and Banska Bystrica (category 2).

In western Slovakia, however, three other ÖTV talents had known how to convince. Valentina Hoschek, who recently won her first Tennis Europe title in Kópavogur, lost (against the later finalist Kovackova) after three previous wins in the quarterfinals, as did Lea Haider-Maurer. Leander Tauber did even better with the boys: With a success in the qualification, three wins in the main competition plus a wo victory in between, the young Lower Austrian stormed into the semi-finals, beating the numbers 27 and 99 in the Tennis Europe U14 Ranking. Only in the fight for a place in the final was against the fifth-ranked Slovak Richard Krizan with 3:6, 1:6 the end of the line.

Badis Selmi’s performance at the Atik 23 April Cup in Antalya, a Category 1 Tennis Europe U12 tournament, was also pleasing Doubles with a sensationally sovereign walkthrough. The eleven-year-old lost only nine games in four matches with Romanian Luca Daraban before the two finally lost in the final to local Turkish heroes Talha Emin Bülüt and Bekir Devran Esendagli 5:7, 5:7.

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