ITF Hamburg: Qinwen Zheng crowns herself the winner, Noma Noha Akugue with semi-finals
The Chinese Qinwen Zheng is the winner of the Tennis Future Hamburg. The 18-year-old defeated Linda Fruhvirtova (Czech Republic) 6: 2 and 6: 3 in the final at the DTB base in Hamburg. Anna Bondar and Tereza Mihalikova secured the doubles title on Saturday.
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last edit: Jan 18, 2021, 02:34 pm
Qinwen Zheng from China won the title at the Tennis Future Hamburg endowed with 25,000 US dollars. The number 287 of the WTA rankings prevailed in the final in the duel of the teenagers against the only 15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova, number ten of the junior world rankings, with 6: 2, 6: 3. At the event, which was organized by the German Tennis Federation (DTB) and belongs to the series of DTB Internationals presented by Wilson, Zheng only made his way into the main field through qualification.
“A very nice and exciting week in Hamburg comes to an end with the title. I had a lot of tough matches during the tournament and I am very happy that I always left the field as the winner. Linda demanded everything from me today. She is a very talented player and I am sure she will have a great career, ”said Qinwen Zheng, for whom the win in Hamburg means the fourth title in the W25 category.
Zheng, former number six in the junior world rankings, started the final with full concentration at the DTB base and broke the young Czech three times to win the first set 6-2. Zheng also dominated the second round with her powerful baseline game. After 1:20 hours the never endangered 6: 2, 6: 3 victory was certain. For the triumph, Zheng receives 50 world ranking points and prize money of 3,542 euros.
Noma Noha Akugue makes it to the semi-finals
Porsche Junior Team player Noma Noha Akugue was the last German to be eliminated in the semifinals against Fruhvirtova in Hamburg.
“We look back on a very successful tournament week with great tennis. The field was peppered with many young, talented players, for whom we also host the tournament. As the German Tennis Federation, we are particularly pleased that Noma Noha Akugue made it to the semi-finals, ”said tournament director Mirco Westphal.
Bondar / Mihalikova win doubles titles
The Hungarian-Slovak combination Anna Bondar and Tereza Mihalikova triumphed in the final of the doubles competition on Saturday. They defeated Amandine Hesse (France) and Kimberley Zimmermann (Belgium) 6-4 and 6-4. For the victory at the DTB base in Hamburg, the winners will receive 1,293 euros in prize money.
The tournament was carried out under strict corona conditions. Over 400 rapid PCR and antigen tests were carried out by the Hamburg-based SanaGroup on players, their companions, the organizational team and media representatives. For this purpose, a test center was set up in an adjoining hall. Spectators were not allowed. “Hosting a tournament in times of a global pandemic is a particular challenge. We are glad that everything went smoothly and without incident. My thanks go to all partners and sponsors, but also to the entire organization team, which worked very professionally all week, ”said Westphal. Hamburg Active City acted as a further supporter of the event.