Ionescu and Samsonova set up girls’ U14 Masters final in Monte Carlo, 100% German boys final
Eva Maria Ionescu (4) and Laura Samsonova (3) defeated the top two seeds in Thursday’s semi-finals
After two particularly close U16 men’s semi-finals, the Masters Tennis Europe semi-finals were almost as close on the U14 girls’ side.
The top two seeds in the draw, Czech Alena Kovackova, and Russian Ksenia Smirnova, were edged out by Romanian Eva Maria Ionescu (3) and Czech Laura Samsonova (4) respectively.
Ionescu needed 3 hours, 20 minutes to dismiss Kovackova 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in their first meeting. Samsonova needed only two sets for her 7-5, 7-5 win but both were extremely close, as the scores suggest.
The boys finished in the spotlight. Two Germans will face each other in the final, with Marc Schoenhaus and his one-handed backhand stronger than Switzerland’s Nicolas Djosic (6-3, 6-4) and Justin Engel, who defeated Sweden’s Ludvig Hede (7-6, 6-1) going head to head for glory.