Paul Woerner did not manage to take the coveted International German Junior Championships title home to Germany again. He lost against Daniil Medvedev from Russia in a top-class final with nail-biting moments. The lanky Russian suffered two service breaks in the first set and at 5-3 the only 16-year-old Woerner was that close to winning the set, but Medvedev rallied back and won the first set 7-6 (4). The situation seemed to turn around in the second set when Medvedev quickly led with 5-1 but Woerner caught up to 5-3. In the end Medvedev won his crucial service game and took home the well-earned title as well as many important points for the world ranking. Almost 1.000 spectators in the well-filled Steffi-Graf-Stadium enthusiastically celebrated both finalists, though most of them had certainly kept their fingers crossed for Woerner.
Paul Woerner, the 16-year-old junior boy from Offenburg, has reached the biggest success of his tennis career so far: With a clear-cut 6-2, 6-2 victory against the Croatian Nino Serdarusic he secured a place in an international junior tournament’s final for the first time. The promising young tennis talent will have the chance not only to enter his name into the illustrious winners’ list of the International German Junior Championships, but also – in case of winning the final - earning important ITF ranking list’ points for the participation at the US Open at the end of August. His opponent in the final, Daniil Medvedev, had a more difficult task to perform. It took more than two hours for him to defeat his Russian countryman Ronald Safiullin in a breath-taking, top-class match.
The dream of reaching the final didn’t come true for the 16-year-old Katharina Hobgarski in her match against Ivana Jorovic. Pretty soon it became evident, that her staying power failed her after the three long and exhausting matches of the last three days. Her “battery” had run down and almost without putting up a fight she lost against the Serb Jorovic in less than an hour. A pity for Katharina and the 600 fans who kept their fingers crossed but in the end had to pay tribute to Jorovic’s convincing performance. Jorovic’s opponent in the final will be Jana Fett from Croatia who served up an easy victory against Greetjen Minnen (Belgium)
On Sunday the matches will start at 12.00 a.m. at the Steffi-Graf-Stadium:
First: Junior Girls’ Singles Final
Jana Fett (Croatia) vs. Ivanna Jorovic (Serbia)
Afterwards: Junior Boys’ Singles Final
Paul Worner (Germany) vs. Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
Photo: Paul Woerner (P. Becher)
Paul Woerner, one of Germany’s young tennis talents, was good for a surprise today at the German Junior Championships in Berlin. The boy from Offenburg defeated the top favorite Karen Khachanov (Russia), last year’s finalist, in three sets and reached the semi-finals in the junior boys’ singles. He will meet Nino Serdarusic from Croatia in the semi-finals, the only unseeded player through to last four. The second semi-final match will present a Russian duel between the No 2 and No 3 seeded Daniil Medvedev und Roman Safiullin.
Equally surprising was the success of unseeded Katharina Hobgarski from Saarland who reached the semi-finals today. As in her last two matches she had to fight her way through all three sets and won against the Australian Priscilla Hon 7-5 in the third set, convincing the spectators with her outstanding fighting spirit. Her next opponent will be Ivana Jorovic from Serbia. In the second junior girls’ semi-final match Jana Fett (Croatia) will meet the Belgian Greetje Minnen.
On Saturday, July 13th, the singles’ semi-finals start at 1:00 p.m. at the Steffi-Graf-Stadium and on Center Court B. Afterwards the doubles’ finals will be played on both courts.
Admission is free!
Photo: Paul Woerner (P. Becher)
Katharina Hobgarski remains the only junior girl German talent who secured a place in the quarter-finals at the International German Junior Championships. The girl from Saarland won a spectacular three set match against the second-seed Russian Anastasiya Komardina: a nail-biting match of three hours, finally scoring 7-5 in the last set. Considering her performance so far, it seems quite possible for her to reach not only the semi-finals but maybe even more! Berlin’s new great tennis hope, the only 15-year-old Lena Rüffer, was eliminated. She was defeated by the Colombian Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzales after putting up a great fight for three sets. Nevertheless the Berlin junior tournament was a spectacular success for Lena. Vinja Lehmann was defeated as well.
Looking at the junior boys Paul Wörner und Daniel Baumann managed to secure a victory. Baumann defeated his friend and training partner Hannes Wagner in a well-balanced match and three hard-fought sets. Unchallenged so far remain the top favorite Russians, Karen Khachanov and Daniiel Medvedev, who won todays matches without any problems They should be equally successful in the quarter-finals on Friday.
On Friday, July 12th, the matches start at 1:00 p.m., presenting all of the single quarter-final matches and the doubles semi-finals. Admission is free!
Foto: Katharina Hobgarski (P. Becher)
The 15-year-old Berliner Lena Rüffer (BSV 92) goes on creating miracles at the International German Junior Championships at the LTTC „Rot-Weiss“. With a hard earned three set victory against the Belgian Morgane Michiels, Lena secured her third round spot. She will fight for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Katharina Hobgarski from Saarland and Vinja Lehmann from Brunswick managed to book their third round places, as well.
Looking at the junior boys Wörner, Wagner, Baumann und Muscheites (all from Germany) reached last 16. Neither Karen Khachanov nor Daniil Medvedev has lost a set, let alone a match, so far, a convincing performance of both odds-on favourites.
On Thursday, July 11th, the matches start at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free!
At the International German Junior Tennis Championships at the LTTC „Rot-Weiß“ a Berliner created a major sensation even on the first day: Lena Rüffler (BSV 92), a wild card entrant, beat the top favourite Viktoriya Lushkova from Ukraine. Once Lena overcame her nervousness, the result was 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. A spectacular success for one of the most promising young German tennis talents.
With the junior boys most of the top seeded players were successful and reached the second round of the tournament.
Many prominent sportspersons were welcomed on the tournament grounds on the first day of the tournament already. Next to a lot of world famous tennis players like Michael Stich, Markus Zoecke, Klaus Eberhard, Harald Elschenbroich, Federation Cup Team Captain Barbara Rittner und Becker-discoverer Günther Bosch, the former cycling professional, Dietrich Thurau, visited the event at Lake Hundekehle as well. In 1977 Thurau wore the Yellow Jersey for 15 days at the Tour de France. He was responsible for a cycling boom at that time and was elected “Sportsperson of the Year” in Germany. Thurau accompanied his son Urs who lost against the top favourite Alexander Khachanov in the first round.
On Tuesday the matches start at 09:00 a.m. Admission is free.
Photo: Didi Thurau (P. Becher)