The prestigious Melbourne Park in Australia set the stage for the third edition of the Asia-Pacific Elite 14&U Trophy, a tournament crafted through the collaborative efforts of the Asian Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia. Held from January 24 to 26, this event showcased emerging tennis prodigies, providing them with an unparalleled Grand Slam experience early in their promising careers.
The tournament roster comprised ten budding talents from Asia, featuring five boys and five girls, alongside players from Oceania, Australia, and New Zealand. The competition unfolded with a round-robin format, leading to intense semi-finals and finals.
Boys’ Category Highlights
In the Boys’ category round-robin stage, Wonmin Kim from South Korea showcased a flawless performance, securing the top spot in Group A. Meanwhile, Takahiro Kawaguchi from Japan displayed a formidable game, claiming the leading position in Group B.
The boys’ semi-finals witnessed gripping clashes. Wonmin Kim overcame Alex Lap Hang from Hong Kong with a score of 6-4, 6-3, while Takahiro Kawaguchi triumphed over local talent Lucas Hann from Australia, securing a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory.
The highly anticipated Boys Final unfolded as an all-Asian showdown, with Wonmin Kim and Takahiro Kawaguchi battling for the trophy. In a nail-biting three-set match, Kim emerged victorious after a challenging start, eventually clinching the title with a remarkable comeback and a final score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Girls’ Category Highlights
In the Girls’ category round-robin stage, Yeva Korysheva from Kazakhstan and Yeri Hong from South Korea exhibited outstanding performances, topping their respective groups.
The girls’ semi-finals added more excitement to the tournament. Yeva Korysheva defeated Yashwitha Reddy from New Zealand with a score of 6-3, 6-2, while in the second semi-final, Emilie Chen from Australia secured victory over Yeri Hong with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
In the highly anticipated Girls Singles Final, Yeva Korysheva and Australian Emilie Chen engaged in a riveting clash that captivated spectators. Despite a formidable challenge from Korysheva, Emilie Chen emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle, sealing her win with a score of 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Adding to the excitement, ATF President Mr. Yuriy Polskiy graced the finals with his presence. His encouragement and support uplifted the spirits of the players, highlighting the significance of the event on the international tennis stage.
The Asia-Pacific Elite 14&U Trophy 2024 showcased exceptional talent, fierce competition, and remarkable sportsmanship, further solidifying its status as a key platform for young tennis stars to shine on the international stage.