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Leach, Penickova go back-to-back in Malaysia

UNITED States future star Jagger Leach has strung together back-to-back titles the past fortnight to make it 10 consecutive wins in Malaysia. Leach, the son of Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, won titles in Sarawak and Kuala Lumpa winning 19 of his last 20 sets en route to J300 and J200 trophies. Leach’s most recent […]

Salkova edges Gibson as finalists crack Top 200

RISING WTA Tour stars Dominika Salkova and Talia Gibson have both earned their way into the Top 200 for the first time in their respective careers. The young guns reached the recent W75 Maribor final where the teenager Czech saluted in straight sets, 6-2 6-4. Both players entered the tournament unseeded with Salkova ranked 204th […]

Aussie Joint notches up another ITF title

AUSTRALIAN teenager Maya Joint continues to enjoy a strong ITF Tour season, winning her second title in four tournaments across the past month. Taking home the trophy in her home nation at Burnie last month, Joint doubled up with a victory in the Dominican Republic the past week. The 14th seed at the event only […]

Tennis ‘Ashes’ split in Thailand

AUSTRALIA and Great Britain have both won a final against the respective nation in Thailand, with Aussie Hayden Jones and Brit Mika Stojsavljevic winning the boys and girls singles respectively. Jones defeated British opponent Benjamin Gusic Wan in three sets, while Stojsavljevic got one back for the Brits by defeating talented Aussie Alana Subasic in […]

Under the Radar: Taylah Preston (Australia)

TEENAGE sensation Taylah Preston has been performing strongly on the ITF Tour the last five months, and is rapidly improving her WTA Tour ranking. Though many of her tournaments have been out of the spotlight given the lower level compared to the Tour, Preston has risen almost 300 places since September. Five months ago when […]

Bulgarian boilover as Dencheva upsets red-hot favourite

SECURING her first prominent ITF Junior title, Bulgarian Rositsa Dencheva downed tournament favourite Laura Samsonova in the J500 title in Cairo. Samsonova came into the tournament as the top seed and had only dropped one set en route to the final, but had her work cut out for her against the world number 39. The […]

Agwi breaking glass ceilings for Ireland

THE name Michael Agwi will just not go away in tennis circles as the 20-year-old Irish talent continues to make waves on the ITF circuit. Last weekend, Agwi became the first Irish player in five years to win an ITF singles title, and is now at a career-high 754th in the world. Easily Ireland’s top […]

Valentova hits career-high with Monastir title

CZECH 17-year-old Tereza Valentova boosted her ranking by 70 spots to achieve a career-high spot of 618th on the WTA Tour after winning an all-teenage final in Monastir. The Czech young gun technically won the title as a 16-year-old over the weekend, turning 17 today in what was no doubt the perfect birthday gift. Valentova […]

Former top 30 Junior seeks return with upset

STARTING June last year as the world number 22 on the Junior Girls’ ITF circuit, former German now Kazakh Sonja Zhiyenbayeva, had slipped outside the top 100 this year. At that stage, she had reached a third round of the Australian Open Juniors and second round at Roland Garros – losing to 2024 Aus Open […]

Joint makes Aussie history with Burnie title

AUSSIE teenager Maya Joint became the youngest Australian to win an ITF W75 title over the weekend, with the 17-year-old saluting in a come-from-behind win over Japan’s Aoi Ito in Burnie. Joint, who punched well above her weight throughout the tournament – her second consecutive tournament at the venue – finished off strongly to win, […]

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