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Winners crowned at 3rd Fujairah ITF Junior Championships

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Russia’s Marat Sharipov and Latvia’s Darja Semenistaja won the boys’ and girls’ singles trophies respectively at this year’s Fujairah ITF Junior Championships, completed over a weekend.


Sharipov was forced to work hard for the trophy at the Tennis & Country Club Fujairah, eventually prevailing from a set down to win 5-7 6-4 6-1 against Eric Vanshelboim of Ukraine in the final.


Meanwhile, Semenistaja cruised to a straight sets victory in the Saturday’s showpiece match, downing India’s Muskaan Gupta in quickfire fashion, 6-4 6-1.


After winning the boys’ singles crown with a narrow three-set victory, Sharipov said: “The opponent was strong but I believed that I could win the match. I never gave up and that’s why I won.”


Having scooped the top girls’ prize Semenistaja credited her win to the support she received off the court.

She said: “My mom and sister have always been a strong support for me and to have them both at the match made me very confident.”


In the girls’ doubles, it literally was a double for Semenistaja, who fresh from her singles triumph, teamed-up with Merija Semenistaja to down India’s Malikaa Marathe and Mahin Qureshi of Pakistan 6-2 6-2.


Meanwhile, the boys’ doubles final was won by pair Joe Leather and Yusuke Tamaki.


The Brit-Japan double-act saw off Poland’s Mikolaj Lorens and Hungary’s Peter Sallay in a closely-fought contest, 7-5 7-5.


The tournament concluded with a prize giving ceremony by Tennis Emirates officials as well as Sarah Clayton, the club manager of the Tennis & Country Club, Fujairah and July Tabora, the club’s head tennis coach.


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