Aliens enchant Lemon Bowl: Paun, Kovacevich and Montebello in the final. Quiet and Efficient: Iozzi is there
The day of the semi-finals of lemon bowl 2022. The 38th edition of the prestigious national championship with foreign participation, which is currently being held in the Romanian stadiums of the Salaria Sports Village, records the overwhelming performances of athletes from abroad. Five of the twelve finalists in the under 10, 12 and 14 categories represent a foreign country. Three of them: Patrick Bowen (USA), T. Kovacevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Emma Montebello (Malta), they do not have relations with our country; On the contrary, Camila Castracani (USA) and Julia Luchetti (Slovakia) have an Italian passport. Strong winds affected the day, but not the show: the semi-finalists quickly adapted to the unfavorable conditions by putting in their best tennis.
Multicultural lemon bowl The foreign player’s garden is traditionally one of the biggest unknowns at the Lemon Bowl. 2022 will be remembered as one of the most prolific seasons for young athletes from abroad. In the U-12 Women’s, Bosnian Tea Kovacevich’s dominance continued, eliminating Gaia Donati by a 6-0 pair. In the final there will be a challenge for Italian-American Camila Castracani: she was born in Pavia, is very Italian, but lives in the USA where her father works. In the much-anticipated semi-final against Victoria Lantieri Monaco, the winner of the 2020 U10 Lemon Bowl was the one with an exciting comeback: 2-6 7-6 6-1 score in the handshake. The one who has the stars and stripes in his heart is little Patrick Bowen, who in his first international championship makes his way to the final beating Giovanni de Leyva 6-4 1-6 10/7: “This match was very difficult, but I managed to beat My opponent. It doesn’t matter where I come from, we are all nine-years-olds and play tennis.” Patrick is taciturn, unlike his twin brother Andreas, who took the championship in the first round. Trained by Alex Koleva in Plantation, Florida, the two kids approached tennis at the age of five, and set foot outside their country for the first time to play the Lemon Bowl. In the women’s under 10 category, Italian Slovak Julia Luchetti tamed Serena Conticello 7-5, 6-4. In the Under-14 class instead, raise arms to the skies for Emma Montebello, a purebred Maltese, who inflicted a resounding 6-2 6-3 victory over Virginia Pruity. At the most beautiful, the sprint of Romanian Nicolas Andre Tanasa reached the end of the streak, which was reassembled in less than 10 years by the Peruvian Tommaso Banto (4-6 6-4 10/6).
Iozzi and Leti Messina, under 14 speak Romanian – With firmness and equanimity, unnoticed, Romanian Alice Uzzi propelled herself to the final in the U-14 Women’s Championship. The Lambertenge Cup champion (Italy’s U-12 Championship) excelled 6-4 7-5 in a tough encounter with Jelenia Zucco, the author of the excellent tournament. “The Lemon Bowl was played in New Penta 2000, my old redemption, so it has a special meaning – Iozzi, undeniable 2009 class – now I’m in All Round Tennis and this event is one of the goals for the first part of the season. Last year, although I I was under 12, I decided to play under 14 and reached the quarter-finals. 2021 was a great year, scoring two singles at the European Tennis Championships in Forli and in the Italian Under 12 Championships. Tennis hasn’t found an identity yet, but I’m trying to push With my forehand when there is a possibility. This year I would like to confirm myself as the Italian champion, and next year I would like to come back here for another cup of lemon.” If Iozzi has to face Montebello for the title, Tuscan Lorenzo di Vezia is waiting for Leonardo Leti Messina. The athlete from Euro Sporting Club (Rome) won the derby 6-4, 6-3 with his friend Claudio Paolini. In the final, the second seed will go in search of the title and will have the task of avenging his colleague Riccardo Terzulli, who surrendered 7-6, 6-2 in the match against Di Vezia.
Wednesday, January 5th results
less than 10 men
Tommaso Banto b. Nicholas Andre Tanasa 4-6 6-4 10/6
Patrick Bowen b. Giovanni de Leyva 6-4 1-6 10/7
Less than 10 females
Nicole Scarpino b. Sofia Arba 6-2 7-5
Julia Luchetti b. Serena Conticello 7-5 6-4
less than 12 men
Gabriel Galese b. Ricardo Bogdan Bastraff 6-1 6-0
Stefano Balanza b. Marco Battania 6-1 6-1
Less than 12 female
Kovacevich tea b. Gaia Donati 6-0 6-0
Camila Castracani b. Victoria Lantry Monaco 2-6 7-6 6-1
under 14 men
Lorenzo de Vizia b. Riccardo Terzoli 7-6 6-2
Leonardo Leti Messina b. Claudio Paolini 6-4 6-3
Less than 14 female
Emma Montebello b. Virginia Pruity 6-2 6-3
Alice Yose B. Yelenia Zuko 6-4 7-5
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