Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Vietnam Won Division 2 Trophy


Vietnamese and Sri Lankan players dominated Division 2 of the 2015 ITF Asia 14 & Under Development Championships which took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 19–28 January.

Sixty-five participants from 16 nations participated in the championships which comprised two tournaments during the 12-day event.

Sixth seed Phuong Van Nguyen took the boys’ singles title in the first tournament defeating his compatriot Hoang Hung Vo 76 61 in the final.  Nguyen then paired up with teammate Thai Nguyen Tat in the boys’ doubles event beating Mohammad Istiak and Naimul Islam Amiyo, from Bangladesh 46 76 8/0 earning a second title for Vietnam.

Anika Seneviratne, of Sri Lanka lifted the girls’ singles trophy at the first event with a 61 63 victory over top seed Mahin Aftab Qureshi, of Pakistan in the final.  No. 1 seeds Seneviratne and her partner Prabbudhi Perera then went on to secure the girls’ doubles title defeating Sri Lankan Nethme Natas Munaweera and Weng Si Leong, of Macau 61 46 10/5.

The boys’ singles and doubles finals in week two were an all Vietnamese affair.  The singles’ saw a repeat of the first event with Nguyen triumphing over Vo again in the final 76 64.  Nguyen then teamed up with Phu Duc Pham to score a fourth victory for the home nation when they beat compatriots Vo and Tat 75 64.

On the girls’ side, the singles finals were the reverse of the first week when Qureshi exacted her revenge on Seneviratne with a final scoreline of  64 64 and secured a first title for Pakistan.  The Nepalese pairing and third seeds, Ira Mehernissa Rawat and Anne Mathema, took the previous week’s winners, Seneviratne and Perera, to a three set finals match, overcoming their opponents 57 63 10/6.

The Vietnamese players’ overall performance earned them the winning nation’s trophy with Sri Lanka finishing in second place.

The West Asian team, comprising players from Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, achieved some encouraging results with Rabee Sleem, of Syria reaching the semifinals in both boys’ singles events and Karam Hatamleh, of Jordan finishing in tenth place in the first boys’ event, a position matched by Lachin Afshin, of Iran in the first girls’ event.  Sleem and teammate Jalal Sadek, from Lebanon also reached the semifinals of the first boys’ doubles event losing to the Bangladeshi pairing of Mohammad Istiak and Naimul Islam Amiyo 64 64.

The Division 2 event and West Asian team is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), which provides players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition but also the invaluable experience of travelling abroad as part of a team.

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