Wednesday,13 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1135, 14 - 20 February
Wednesday,13 December, 2017
Issue 1135, 14 - 20 February

Ahram Weekly

Plans upset

Though intended to improve Egyptian tennis, a Swiss won the ITF Future tournament for the second consecutive time, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

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Al-Ahram Weekly

This year the Egyptian Tennis Federation (ETF) is hosting  the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Future tournaments for 48 international weeks in Sharm El-Sheikh. The aim is to boost tourism andgive an opportunity to Egypt’s female players to gain more experience and to improve their world rankings. As further incentive, each tournament allocated $10,000 in prize money.
But Swiss Lara Michel, 22, upended the Egyptian plans by claiming the single titles of both the third and fourth tournaments. The third tournament was held from 28 January to 3 February while the fourth tournament was staged from 4-10 February at the Jolie Ville Golf Resort Tennis Club in Sharm El-Sheikh.
In the third event, Michel defeated Czech’s Pernilla Mendesova 6-3, 6-4 in the single’s match. In the results of the women’s doubles, Poland Katarzyna Kawa and Natalia Kolat defeated Bulgarian Aleksandrina Naydenova and Russian Ekaterina Yashina 6-1, 6-4.
The fourth competition was one of the toughest tournaments of the ITF series tournaments. In the final, Michel beat Serbian Doroteja Eric 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The match lasted for two and a half hours. In women’s doubles, Eric and Austria’s Barbara Haas beat Czech’s Martina Kubicikova and Slovakian Chantal Skamlova 6-2, 7-5.
Michel said that she was happy to win two consecutive tournaments. She collected 42 points, 12 points for each tournament, which helped her to improve her world ranking. Michel is now participating in another championship after spending two weeks in Sharm El-Sheikh but promised to return. She thanked the organising committee headed by Mohamed Al-Ghazawi for its “outstanding organisation and great hospitality”.

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