ITALY’S Jannik Sinner and Russia’s Veronika Pepelyaeva won the boys’ and girls’ singles title respectively in the Qatar ITF Open held at the hard courts of Khalifa International Complex last week.
In the boys’ final, Sinner quelled the tough challenge of French competitor Harold Mayot 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3.
Mayot had created an early
impression by sending top seed Aaron Schmid of Switzerland crashing in the opening round.
But Sinner proved a tough nut to crack in the final.
The first set went with serve all the way and it required a tie-breaker, where Sinner prevailed. Mayot was in good form in the second, which he won with ease. But in the decider, Sinner was too good.
The women’s final was relatively an easy one for Pepelyaeva, who beat Great Britain’s Danai Petroula 7-5, 6-0.
The Russian, who had stunned top seed Vaidehi Chaudhari of India in the second round, carried that form into the final.
Italy’s Fabrizio Andaloro and Emiliano Maggioli won the boys’ doubles title after getting a walkover against Swedish-Serbian pair of Mischa Lanz and Andrija Pavlovic.
The girls’ doubles title was won by Danish-German duo of Olga Helmi and Estella Jaeger. They beat Slovakia’s Ziva Falkner and Pia Lovric 6-3, 6-3.