The ITF Junior Tennis tournament held in Hong Kong that offered junior world ranking points proved to be a great experience and opportunity to attain an ITF ranking. ITF juniors has only 1 age group that all players must compete in, 18 years of age and under.
In the junior girls singles event unranked 13 year old Eudice Chong who is pictured above was playing in her very first ITF tournament and was up against the No.2 seed Laura Diegman of Great Britain in the 1st round.
Diegman had 3 years and 17 ITF Junior Tour singles tournaments experience including playing in the singles qualifying event of junior Wimbledon on Eudice. Yet in an unprecedented event for a 13 year old junior from Hong Kong, Eudice remained focused and fought hard to cause the biggest upset of the tournament by beating the No.2 seed 6-7 (1-7), 6-0, 7-5.
Eudice’s thoughts on that match, “I had a great time on court and felt great that day, hitting solid shots and moving around quickly. During my first set, I didn’t fully get involved in the match yet, but during the last two sets, my focus and concentration started to come back. After the match, I was very happy and had a major confidence boost.”
Eudice added, “Though I was very tired, I reflected on my match and knew that I’d have to work harder on my serves and returns. This was a very good experience for me, being mentally and physically tough.”
When asked whether she had an advantage on court Eudice responded, “My lessons with OnCourt Advantage helped me realize that there were many things I needed to change and improve on. Many simple techniques and tactics that OnCourt Advantage taught me helped me very much. The most useful one was”…we’ll keep it a secret! “This tactic helped me a lot during all my matches and I hope I can keep this up.”
The girls singles semi-finals saw No.1 seed (1) Laili Rahmawatiulfa of Indonesia upset by (4) Eri Hozumi of Japan 6-1 6-0 whilst (5) Pei-Chi Lee of Taipei won against (3) Nattawadee Kotcha of Thailand 6-3 6-4 to give Lee a spot in her first singles final on the ITF Junior Tour.
In the girls singles final Eri Hozumi won 6-1 6-4. The 15 year old has played in one Women’s Pro Tour event to date and her victory in Hong Kong was her 2nd ITF junior singles title after winning the Grade 4 level ITF in Thailand in July this year.
In the boys singles none of the Hong Kong players won through to the quarter finals. The 1st boys semi-final saw an all Thai match up between (7) Phaninthon Pakpoomkamol who went through to his first ITF Junior Tour singles final after (12) Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul retired after losing the 1st set 6-1.
The 2nd boys semi-final saw (5) Nuttanon Kadchapanan of Thailand defeat (8) Christian Lee of Malaysia 6-1 6-2 to give Kadchapanan the chance to achieve his best result after being a singles finalist once before on the ITF Junior Tour. The 16 year old Kadchapanan narrowly edged out 17 year old Pakpoomkamol in the final 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5).