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RE: Girls U12/U14 Junior Orange Bowl, USA (Week 50)

Official news release

Adelina Lachinova, the fourth seed from Latvia, became the first boy or girl from her country to win a Junior Orange Bowl 14s' title after she stunned top-seeded Brit Hannah Klugman 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, thus avenging a loss to her in the ITF World Junior Tennis 14U team championships in August in Czech Republic.

"That was on clay; this was hard," smiled Lachinova, via Russian translator Tomas Laukys, whose son Tomas Jr. reached the quarterfinals in the boys' 12 division last week.

The usually poised Klugman seemed out of sorts from the start and a code violation for an audible obscenity handed Lachinova an early break. The Wimbledon native and resident, who owns an all-court solid attack with a formidable serve, had cruised in her first six matches without dropping a set while surrendering just 13 games.

On Tuesday, Klugman, just 13 and already ranked 489th in the ITF World Rankings for 18-and-unders, never seemed comfortable with Lachinova's slower pace balls and was too impatient to stay in long rallies with an opponent who rarely made an error. Klugman's powerful serve was negated by a sore shoulder, which led to several double faults and a medical timeout.

"I just didn't play the right way," said Klugman, who committed an unofficial, uncharacteristic 31 unforced errors in the first two sets to Lachinova's 21.

"I was all over the place in the first set.... I wasn't prepared to stay in the rallies. Obviously, she gets a lot back but taking it when you don't have it, overplaying, which I did in the first set and the end as well. It's a good learning experience."

And on Zootennis Hannah confirms she isn't playing any more 14Us.

Klugman is also moving up, with her sights on the Orange Bowl in Plantation next year.

"This is my last under 14 tournament," Klugman said. "I'm happy with it. It's obviously not the outcome I wanted, but it's still a positive."


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Personally, I'm pleased she's not playing Les Petits As

If you were SF one year, and Finalist the next, I really think there's nothing to play for (well, obviously, you're playing for the title - but so what? Why bother playing daft useless matches? Just for the sake of one final?)

And, yep she's quite right - it was a definite learning experience All pumped up and over-playing by a country mile.....

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