European Junior Championships: Juvan and Piros are new champions


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European Junior Championships: Juvan and Piros are new champions

Klosters, an Alpine resort village in the Swiss canton of Graubünden near Davos, hosted the 42nd edition of the European Junior Championships in the U18 category (the 21st in Klosters), and the new champions are Slovenian Kaja Juvan and Hungarian Zsombor Piros.

They both defeated the top seeds to win one of the most prestige junior events in Europe, that has been won in the past by the names like Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Carlos Moya, Robin Soderling, Martina Hingis, and Carla Suarez Navarro. 16-year-old Kaja Juvan lost to Kostyuk in the first round of Wimbledon, before she went all the way in the doubles, winning the title with Serb Olga Danilovic, whom she beat her in the semis.

European Junior Championships is only her 5th ITF junior event of the season, already being focused on pro Tour (she won the title at home in Maribor in June), and she toppled Marta 6-3 1-6 6-4 to become the European champion, in what will probably be her final season on the junior Tour.

Kostyuk, the only girl born in 2002 who reached the last 16, won the doubles title but that main one slipped out from her hands, as Juvan proved to be stronger in the final set, recovering after a one-sided second set when she won only a game.

Despite her young age, Marta is already ranked inside the Top 500 on the WTA ranking list and this was only her 6th ITF junior tournament of the season, despite being the 3rd best junior in the world. Results from the quarter-final round:

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The boys draw elapsed like it was predicted, with the top 2 seeds battling for the crown, in what was the final chance for both to become Europe champion, as bot Piros and Moutet are born in 1999 and could play juniors only until the end of this year. This was only the 6th junior tournament for both players in 2017 and they met twice before, at Traralgon when Corentin took the win, and right after in Melbourne where Zsombor got revenge en route to the title. Here in Klosters, Hungarian prevailed by 6-4 7-5, playing better tennis in the closing stages of both sets to lift the title, becoming the first U18 boys champion from Hungary. As for Moutet, he was the U16 winner in 2014 and U14 champion a year earlier, looking to become only the second player after Mats Wilander who was the European champion in all 3 categories. Boys champions since 2000: 

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