Birmingham, Great Britain, WTA Premier, Aegon Classic Birmingham, 885 040 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) 5-7 7-6(7) 7-5, 2R: Naomi OSAKA (JPN) 6-2 6-4, QF: Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5), SF: Petra KVITOVA (CZE) ?-?; 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Heather WATSON (GBR) 6-2 5-7 6-3, 2R: Camila GIORGI (ITA) 4-6 6-4 2-6; Baja, Hungary, ITF Womens Circuit, XIXO Ladies Open Baja, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor:  1QR: BYE, Qualifying Final: Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Laura SVATIKOVA (SVK) 6-0 6-0, Main Draw, 1R: Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR) 6-2 4-6 6-3, 2R: Jacqueline CRISTIAN (ROU) 6-0 6-3, QF: Nicoleta DASCALU (RIU) 0-6 4-6; 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Dana KREMER (GER) 6-0 6-4, 2R: Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 0-6 1-6, Doubles, 1R, JUHASZOVA/Agnes BUKTA (HUN) [2]  - Reka FARBAS (HUN) / Reka ZADORI (HUN) 6-1 6-2, QF: Zoe HIVES (AUS) / Dana KREMER (GER) 6-2 6-4, SF: Tamara CUROVIC (SRB) / Alexandra PERPER (MDA) 6-2 3-6 10-5, F: Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) / Anna ZAJA (GER) [1] 7-6(5) 1-6 9-11; Bucharest, Romania, ITF Futures, TCB Trophy, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Adrian UNGUR (ROU) 2-6 0-6, 1R: Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Luciano BETELLA (ARG) 6-4 5-7 4-6; Lenzerheide, Switzerland, ITF Womens Circuit, Lenzerheide Women's Open 2017, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Lenka JURIKOVA (SVK) - Tena LUKAS (CRO) 6-3 3-6 6-2, 2R: Julia GRABHER (AUT) 3-6 4-6; Berlin, Germany, junior ITF, Grade 1, Allianz Kundler German Juniors supported by OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, clay, outdoor: 1R,  Barbora MATUSOVA (SVK) - Emelie Luisa SCHWARTE (GER) 6-2 7-6(8), 2R: Mariam DALAKISHVILI (GEO) 3-6 6-3 1-6; Mallorca,Spain, WTA International, Mallorca Open, 250 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1QR, Ons JABEUR (TUN) - Antonia LOTTNER (GER) 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3, 2QR: Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) 6-2 6-2, Main Draw, 1R: Ana KONJUH (CRO) 6-7(1) 6-4 3-6; Ilkley, Great Britain, ATP Challenger, Aegon Ilkley Trophy, 127 000 euro, grass, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK-CASTILLO (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Sergio GALDOS (PER) / Jeevan NEDUNCHEZZHIYAN (IND) 7-6(6) 7-6(5), QF: Leander PAES (IND) / Adil SHAMASDIN (CAN) 6-7(1) 2-6; Poprad, Slovakia, ATP Challenger, Poprad-Tatry Challenger 2017, 64 000 eur, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Vadym URSU (UKR) - BYE, 2QR: Peter SAMOSI (SVK) 6-4 4-6 6-0, QFinal: Filip HORANSKY (SVK) 3-6 6-1 2-6; 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Alex MOLCAN (SVK) 7-5 2-6 4-6, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Tomas LISKA (SVK) - Nikola CACIC/Filip KRAJINOVIC (SRB) 6-4 4-6 8-10; 1R, Vaclav SAFRANEK (CZE) - Filip HORANSKY (SVK) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2, 2R: Adam PAVLASEK (CZE) 6-3 5-7 4-6; Izmir, Turkey, ITF Womens Circuit, $ 60.000 Izmir, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Ayla AKSU (TUR) 4-6 6-7(4); Kazan, Russia, ITF Futures, Kazan Open 1, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Alexander OVCHAROV (RUS) - Ilya VASULYEV (RUS) 6-7(7) 4-6, Doubles, 1R, OVCHAROV/Pavel KOTOV (RUS) - Vitaly KOZYUKOV (RUS) / Alexander LOBKOV (RUS) 6-7(4) 7-5 [10-5], QF: Roman KHASSANOV (KAZ) / Daniil ZARICHANSKYY (UKR) [4] 6-0 6-0, SF: Mikhail FUFYGIN (RUS) / Denis MATSUKEVITCH (RUS) [1] 3-6 4-6; Dunakeszi, Hungary, ITF Futures, XIXO OPEN Europe Tennis Center, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, David Damian BRNA (SVK) - Alexandru Ionel STROE (ROU) 6-1 6-1, 2QR: Patrik OBAL (SVK) 6-4 4-6 3-6.

 

Birmingham, Great Britain, WTA Premier, Aegon Classic Birmingham, 885 040 USD, grass, outdoor: 1R, Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE) - Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) 5-7 7-6(7) 7-5, 2R: Naomi OSAKA (JPN) 6-2 6-4, QF: Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5), SF: Petra KVITOVA (CZE) ?-?; 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Heather WATSON (GBR) 6-2 5-7 6-3, 2R: Camila GIORGI (ITA) 4-6 6-4 2-6; Baja, Hungary, ITF Womens Circuit, XIXO Ladies Open Baja, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor:  1QR: BYE, Qualifying Final: Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Laura SVATIKOVA (SVK) 6-0 6-0, Main Draw, 1R: Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR) 6-2 4-6 6-3, 2R: Jacqueline CRISTIAN (ROU) 6-0 6-3, QF: Nicoleta DASCALU (RIU) 0-6 4-6; 1R, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Dana KREMER (GER) 6-0 6-4, 2R: Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 0-6 1-6, Doubles, 1R, JUHASZOVA/Agnes BUKTA (HUN) [2]  - Reka FARBAS (HUN) / Reka ZADORI (HUN) 6-1 6-2, QF: Zoe HIVES (AUS) / Dana KREMER (GER) 6-2 6-4, SF: Tamara CUROVIC (SRB) / Alexandra PERPER (MDA) 6-2 3-6 10-5, F: Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) / Anna ZAJA (GER) [1] 7-6(5) 1-6 9-11; Bucharest, Romania, ITF Futures, TCB Trophy, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Adrian UNGUR (ROU) 2-6 0-6, 1R: Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Luciano BETELLA (ARG) 6-4 5-7 4-6; Lenzerheide, Switzerland, ITF Womens Circuit, Lenzerheide Women's Open 2017, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Lenka JURIKOVA (SVK) - Tena LUKAS (CRO) 6-3 3-6 6-2, 2R: Julia GRABHER (AUT) 3-6 4-6; Berlin, Germany, junior ITF, Grade 1, Allianz Kundler German Juniors supported by OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, clay, outdoor: 1R,  Barbora MATUSOVA (SVK) - Emelie Luisa SCHWARTE (GER) 6-2 7-6(8), 2R: Mariam DALAKISHVILI (GEO) 3-6 6-3 1-6; Mallorca,Spain, WTA International, Mallorca Open, 250 000 USD, grass, outdoor: 1QR, Ons JABEUR (TUN) - Antonia LOTTNER (GER) 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3, 2QR: Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) 6-2 6-2, Main Draw, 1R: Ana KONJUH (CRO) 6-7(1) 6-4 3-6; Ilkley, Great Britain, ATP Challenger, Aegon Ilkley Trophy, 127 000 euro, grass, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK-CASTILLO (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Sergio GALDOS (PER) / Jeevan NEDUNCHEZZHIYAN (IND) 7-6(6) 7-6(5), QF: Leander PAES (IND) / Adil SHAMASDIN (CAN) 6-7(1) 2-6; Poprad, Slovakia, ATP Challenger, Poprad-Tatry Challenger 2017, 64 000 eur, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Vadym URSU (UKR) - BYE, 2QR: Peter SAMOSI (SVK) 6-4 4-6 6-0, QFinal: Filip HORANSKY (SVK) 3-6 6-1 2-6; 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Alex MOLCAN (SVK) 7-5 2-6 4-6, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Tomas LISKA (SVK) - Nikola CACIC/Filip KRAJINOVIC (SRB) 6-4 4-6 8-10; 1R, Vaclav SAFRANEK (CZE) - Filip HORANSKY (SVK) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2, 2R: Adam PAVLASEK (CZE) 6-3 5-7 4-6; Izmir, Turkey, ITF Womens Circuit, $ 60.000 Izmir, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Ayla AKSU (TUR) 4-6 6-7(4); Kazan, Russia, ITF Futures, Kazan Open 1, 15 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Alexander OVCHAROV (RUS) - Ilya VASULYEV (RUS) 6-7(7) 4-6, Doubles, 1R, OVCHAROV/Pavel KOTOV (RUS) - Vitaly KOZYUKOV (RUS) / Alexander LOBKOV (RUS) 6-7(4) 7-5 [10-5], QF: Roman KHASSANOV (KAZ) / Daniil ZARICHANSKYY (UKR) [4] 6-0 6-0, SF: Mikhail FUFYGIN (RUS) / Denis MATSUKEVITCH (RUS) [1] 3-6 4-6; Dunakeszi, Hungary, ITF Futures, XIXO OPEN Europe Tennis Center, 25 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, David Damian BRNA (SVK) - Alexandru Ionel STROE (ROU) 6-1 6-1, 2QR: Patrik OBAL (SVK) 6-4 4-6 3-6.

 

Banczi earned 20 ITF ranking points after reaching semi-final in Austria

Viktor Banczi, Juraj Jancovic, ITF, Oberpullendorf, Austria

Viktor Banczi from EMPIRE Tennis Academy played at another junior tournament, this time Sport Hotel Kurz Junior Classic in Oberpullendorf, Austria. It was Grade 4. He was in Austria together with his coach Juraj Jancovic and club mate David Cierny. 

Viktor Banczi played fourth seed in the third round, Jakub Paul (16) from Switzerland. He beat the match favourite (No. 546 in ITF ranking) in two sets 6-4, 7-6, causing big upset! “Viktor played well, put his opponent under pressure, it was solid display all throughout the court. Mentally he was very strong, dealing with difficult rallies and situations very well. There was no respect or fear facing one of the tournament’s favourites,“ said his coach Juraj Jancovic after the match. 
Viktor then eliminated eight seed and made it into the semi-final! “Kulibaba was tough opponent, with his game very unpleasant. Viktor was more convincing in the deciding phases of the match. In the first set, being 4-5 down, he was 0-40 on his serve and despite the score, turned it around and took the first set. He had the second set under his control,” commented from Austria Juraj Jancovic

Viktor Banczi lost the semi-final tie against Austrian Aichhorn 4-6, 2-6. “Opponent was extremely difficult. He made only about four unforced errors during the whole match. It was really tough, but I did not play as well as in the previous matches and made more errors. He was better on serve. Never mind, I gave it all, I am satisfied,“ said Viktor Banczi after he lost the battel for the final. 

Viktor Banczi, only 15 years old player, takes 20 points into the combined ITF junior rankings. 

Viktor Banczi (SVK) [14]
1R: Jakub GRZEGORCZYK (POL) 6-1 6-0
2R: Christopher HUTTERER (AUT) 6-3 6-4
3R: Jakub PAUL (SUI) [4] 6-4, 7-6
QF: Artur KULIBABA (LAT) [8] 6-4 6-2
SF: Jakob AICHHORN (AUT) [2] 4-6 2-6
Doubles partnering David Cierny:
1R: Christopher HUTTERER (AUT) / Tomas MACHAC (CZE) 4-6, 4-6

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