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ITF World Junior Tennis Finals: USA girls win 7th title, first since 2013

ITF World Junior Tennis Finals: USA girls win 7th title, first since 2013

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by Jovica Ilic

In the rematch of the last year's final at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, the USA beat Ukraine 2-1, avenging the 2016 defeat and winning the 7th U14 world title, the first since 2013. In the first match, Lyubov Kostenko defeated Gabriella Price 6-3 6-3, which was her 8th win in 6 days, and then we saw a much expected clash between Cori Gauff and Dasha Lopatetskaya, a pair of girls that are the leaders of 2003 and 2004 generations.

Back in March, they played an amazing match at the Les Petits As, with Lopatetskaya winning that one 6-2 5-7 7-6, but today it was Gauff's turn to celebrate, as she beat the Ukrainian 6-4 6-0 in less than hour, leveling the score at 1-1 and setting the stage for the deciding doubles match.

Gauff dictated the pace with her forehand and she also moved better than Lopatetskaya, who had a busy summer but couldn't crown it with another title. In the doubles match, Gauff and Charlotte Owensby took down Kostenko and Lopatetskaya 6-2 6-4 in just 55 minutes to deliver the title for the USA and to start a huge celebration.


For the first time in history, boys title travels to Switzerland, after the unseeded team stunned the 3rd seed Spain, reigning Winter and Summer Cups champions. The first match went down to the wire, as Daniel Rincon Yague prevailed against Yarin Aebi 4-6 6-3 6-4 in just under 2 hours, to bring Spain a win away from the title. Switzerland's destiny relied upon Jerome Kym, who scored a 6-4 7-6 triumph against Carlos Alcarez Garfia to keep his country alive and reach the doubles decider. He was 5-4 up in the second set before Alcarez Garfia broke back to prolong the set, but Swiss brought it home in the tie break. Just like with girls, the doubles match failed to produce the necessary drama, as Aebi and Kym beat Rincon Yague and Alcarez Garfia 6-4 6-3 in 54 minutes to win the first U14 world's crown for Switzerland. 

Switzerland vs [3]Spain 2-1



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