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59th Annual Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

December 12, 2005 10:53 AM

Switzerland’s Robin Roshardt, 17, and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, 15, won the boys’ and girls’ 18-and-under singles titles respectively at the 59th Annual Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Dec. 5-11 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Roshardt, the No. 9 seed, ended the remarkable run of qualifier Paris Gemouchidis, 17, of Greece, winning the final in exactly one hour, 6-1, 6-0, in the most lopsided boys’ title match in tournament history.

No. 5 Wozniacki overpowered No. 8 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania at the start of the match and held on to win her third ITF Circuit title of the year with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in an hour and 37 minutes. She improved to 3-0 over her close friend this year with wins on red clay, grass courts and now hard court.

The winners received the traditional Waterford crystal vase filled with oranges and a wild card entry into the qualifying tournament at the 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open, a combined ATP and WTA Tour event played at this same venue in March.

"I am so happy that I won the Orange Bowl," said Roshardt, who became the third Swiss player to win the Orange Bowl, joining current World No. 1 Roger Federer (1998) and Marc Rosset (1988), the winner of the 1992 Olympic gold medal in men’s singles. "I just played good today. He did, too, the first few games then he cramped, so it was easy for me."

Like most of the players here this week, Wozniacki now heads to Mexico to play the next two ITF Circuit events. She’ll then head home to Denmark for a week to take her final exams before going to Australia for the series of junior tournament’s leading up to the Australian Open.

"I’m so excited. I can’t believe I won the tournament. It’s one of the biggest tournaments," said Wozniacki. "I proved to myself one more time that I am one of the best players. I’m so happy. I hope to move to the seniors soon."

Wozniacki failed in her attempted to sweep the girls’ 18s singles and doubles titles. She and partner Anna Tatishvili of Georgia lost to Jennifer-Lee Heinser of Miami and Elizabeth Plotkin of San Francisco in the final, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

In the boys’ doubles final, No. 1 seeds Emiliano Massa and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina turned back No. 2 Marin Cilic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Massa won the boys’ 16-and-under singles title here last year.


Boys' 18s
Singles Final
(9) Robin Roshardt, Switzerland, def. Q-Paris Gemouchidis, Greece, 6-1, 6-0
Doubles Final
(1) Emiliano Massa and Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. (2) Marin Cilic and Nikola Mektic, Croatia, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Girls' 18s
Singles Final
(8) Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania, def. (5) Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, 6-1, 6-4
Doubles Final
(6) Jennifer-Lee Heinser, Miami, and Elizabeth Plotkin, San Francisco, def. (5) Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, and Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Boys’ 16s
Singles Final
Gueorgui Roumenov Payakov, Spain, def. (3) Stephane Piro, France, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles Final
(7) Jerome Inzericco and Eysseric, France, def. (8) Piro and Nassin Slilam, France, 2-6 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)

Girls’ 16s
Singles Final
Oksana Kalashnikova, Georgia, def. (9) Maria-Luiza Craciun, Romania, 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Final (played Saturday)
(5) Craciun, and Ioana Ivan, Romania, def. (4) Erina Kikuchi, Japan, and Kristy Frilling, Sidney, Ohio, 6-3, 6-3






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