The two remaining Italians end their adventure one step away from the final of the forty-second edition of the ITF Youth Tournament “Città di Santa Croce” Mauro Sabatiniorganized in the fields of Santa Croce sull’Arno tennis club (Stomp). For Federico Bondioli Y Giorgia Pedone the respective obstacles turn out to be too difficult, so a blue tennis player’s dream of succeeding in Santa Croce still has to wait (Andrea Pellegrino’s last tricolor success dates back to 2015).
In the first game of the day, Bondioli crashes against the Argentine wall of the second favorite Lautaro Midon. Today the Emilian, born in 2005, could not repeat the brilliant performances of the last days, mainly due to the extreme solidity of the rival, particularly comfortable to move the blue, obtaining many points due to exhaustion. To be honest, Bondioli, after an impressive start with a run against 10 games to 2, had a small chance to come back, when the world number 17 Argentine missed an easy spike that would have taken him to a game of victory. The Azzurri managed to get below, but after wasting the tie at 5-5, she gave up with the score of 61 64. Giorgia Pedone also lost in two sets against the Slovak Nikola Daubnerova (64 62). In the first set the Sicilian was well resisting the most popular rival, the number 17 in the U18 world ranking, but the difference in terms of experience and power was evident.
The two star players of the home athletes will see him in the final against the other two favorites, so in both singles draws they will play the first and second series, confirming their superior value compared to the competition. Daubnerova will now meet the top seeded player, Switzerland. Celine Naef, beat Lucia Peyre 63 76 and appeared in total control all the way through Santacrocese. In the masculine, on the other hand, the Slovenian Bor Artnak he won by a score of 76 61 over Canadian Jaden Weekes, who won last week in the Grade 2 at Prato.
the endings for two of the world’s most prestigious junior titles, won in the past by the likes of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Dominic Thiem, Gabriela Sabatini and Anna Kournikova, are scheduled Saturday May 14 starting at 2:30 p.m. (first the women’s final and then the men’s final, with free admission) and broadcast on a delayed basis on Supertennis (channel 224 on the Sky platform and 64 on digital terrestrial) and live on the Supertennix app.
Admission to the courts of the Santa Croce Tennis Club is free.
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Source: ITF City of Santa Croce – Press Office
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