Mostar, Bosnia, junior ITF, Mostar Open 18&U 2018, Grade 4, clay, outdoor:1R, Janos FEKETE (SVK) - Sava RADOVIC (SRB) 6-2 6-2, 2R: Luka PULJIC (BIH) 6-1 4-6 6-1, QF: Mihailo POPOVIC (SRB) 6-3 6-1, SF: Filip Jeff PLANINSEK (SLO) 6-7(4) 6-0 6-4, F: Filip MISOLIC (AUT) 1-6 1-6; Wuhan, China, WTA Premier 5, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 2 746 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R: Aryna SABALENKA (BLR) 4-6 6-2 1-6; 1R: Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-5, 2R: Xiyu WANG (CHN) ?-?; 1R: Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Kiki BERTENS (NED) 3-6 6-4 2-6; Tashkent, Uzbekistan, WTA International, Tashkent Open, 250 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Fiona FERRO (FRA) ?-?; Valencia, Spain, ITF Womens Circuit, Valencia $60,000, clay, outdoor: 1R, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) ?-?.

 

Mostar, Bosnia, junior ITF, Mostar Open 18&U 2018, Grade 4, clay, outdoor:1R, Janos FEKETE (SVK) - Sava RADOVIC (SRB) 6-2 6-2, 2R: Luka PULJIC (BIH) 6-1 4-6 6-1, QF: Mihailo POPOVIC (SRB) 6-3 6-1, SF: Filip Jeff PLANINSEK (SLO) 6-7(4) 6-0 6-4, F: Filip MISOLIC (AUT) 1-6 1-6; Wuhan, China, WTA Premier 5, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 2 746 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R: Aryna SABALENKA (BLR) 4-6 6-2 1-6; 1R: Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-5, 2R: Xiyu WANG (CHN) ?-?; 1R: Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Kiki BERTENS (NED) 3-6 6-4 2-6; Tashkent, Uzbekistan, WTA International, Tashkent Open, 250 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Fiona FERRO (FRA) ?-?; Valencia, Spain, ITF Womens Circuit, Valencia $60,000, clay, outdoor: 1R, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) ?-?.

 

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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