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13/12/12

Smrikva Bowl players on 6th "Little Mo" International 2012 edition: Sebastian Gima (winner u10), Aly Shokir (winner u10 green), Lancelot Carnello (winner u11), Karol Paluch (winner u12), Charlotte Owensby (winner u9)

6th “Little Mo” International 2012 edition was just completed in Florida… Several years ago MCB Tennis Foundation created the Little Mo International Open that is a global tournament open to the players in age groups under 8 – 12.

And also this year several former Smrikva Bowl players obtained a great success on 6th “Little Mo” International 2012:

BOYS:
Sebastian Gima, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 finalist, from Romania, is the winner of 6th “Little Mo” International 2012 under 10 age group.

Aly Shokir, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 player, from Egypt, is the winner of 6th “Little Mo” International 2012 under 10 age group (green galls).

Lancelot Carnello, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, from Sweden, is the winner of 6th “Little Mo” International 2012 under 11 age group.

Karol Paluch, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, from Poland, is the winner of 6th “Little Mo” International 2012 under 12 age group.

GIRLS:
Charlotte Owensby, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist, from the USA, is the winner of 6th “Little Mo” International 2012 under 9 age group.

Please find below their detailed results:


Boys:

BOYS UNDER 10

Sebastian Gima (Rou) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 finalist
1st round: Sebastian Gima – Matt Ferrante 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Sebastian Gima – Christian Janowicz 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Sebastian Gima – Hunter Heck 6:0, 6:2
Semifinals: Sebastian Gima – Ethan Ramacieri 6:2, 6:0
Finals: Sebastian Gima – Myles G DeCoste 6:1, 6:1

BOYS UNDER 10 – GREEN

Aly Shokir (Egy) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 player
Quarterfinals: Aly Shokir – James Dryer 6:0, 6:0
Semifinals: Aly Shokir – Ahmed Mohamed 6:1, 6:1
Finals: Aly Shokir – Matthew Pang 6:0, 6:0


BOYS UNDER 11

Lancelot Carnello (Swe) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player
1st round: Lancelot Carnello – bye
2nd round: Lancelot Carnello – Ryan Johnson 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Lancelot Carnello – Alexson Hessels 6:1, 6:1
Semifinals: Lancelot Carnello – Harry Neel 6:1, 6:1
Finals: Lancelot Carnello – Jose Garmendia 3:6, 7:5, 10:3


BOYS UNDER 12

Karol Paluch (Pol) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player
1st round: Karol Paluch – bye
2nd round: Karol Paluch – Eitan Rozin 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Karol Paluch – Emile Brand 6:2, 6:2
Semifinals: Karol Paluch – Caden Samkutty 6:1, 6:0
Finals: Karol Paluch – Lleyton Cronje 7:5, 6:4


Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 9

Charlotte Owensby – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist
1st round: Charlotte Owensby – bye
Quarterfinals: Charlotte Owensby – Maria Drobotova 6:3, 6:0
Semifinals: Charlotte Owensby – Nicole Pugachevsky 6:0, 6:0
Finals: Charlotte Owensby – Rachel Krzyzak 6:0, 6:0


SMRIKVA BOWL AND LITTLE MO FRIENDSHIP RELATIONSHIP…

There is a long term friendship relationship between Smrikva Bowl and “Little Mo”... In 2002, the Smrikve Tennis Club joined forces with the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and created the first-ever international competition between the United States and Europe for boys and girls under 10 and named it the “Little Mo”/ Smrikva Bowl. This event was a unique and traditional meeting of the youngest and most talented players in the World.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


12/12/12

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF, USTA and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update December 2012)

Former top Smrikva Bowl players that reached certain results on the professional ranking list are mentioned below and the top Smrikva Bowl players that are still competing…

As of 12th of December 2012 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 1 player TOP 100 WTA (Petra Martic – 2001 winner)

• 1 player TOP 200 ATP (Javier Marti – 2002 winner)

• 6 boys and 10 girls… in total 16 players are in TOP 100 ITF – (Gianluigi QUINZI #3, Laslo DJERE #7, Nikola MILOJEVIC #8, Borna CORIC #21, Matteo DONATI #32, Franko MIOCIC #57; Ana KONJUH #4, Belinda BENCIC #9, Christina MAKAROVA #18, Ilka CSOREGI #32, Camilla ROSATELLO #39, Eleanor DEAN #62, Irina Maria BARA #68, Giulia PAIRONE #85, Ivana JOROVIC #86, Nina STOJANOVIC #91)

1boy and 2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Gianluigi QUINZI #1, Olga Fridman #3, Donna Vekic #9)

4 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Olga FRIDMAN #1, Maia LUMSDEN #4, Viktoria KUZMOVA #5, Andreea Amalia ROSCA #9)

IN 1996 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM ISTRIA AND KVARNER (1st Smrikva Bowl)... IN 1997 TOP PLAYERS FROM CROATIA gathered on the 2nd Smrikva Bowl... IN 1998 3rd SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO GATHER FIRST FOREIGN PLAYERS...

BOYS
Vilim Visak, 1st Smrikva Bowl 1996 winner, from Croatia. Vilim’s best ranking was #612 in March 2006.

GIRLS
Ivana Lisjak, 2nd Smrikva Bowl 1997 winner, from Croatia. Ivana’s best ranking was #95 on WTA list in June 2006.

Astrid Besser, 4th Smrikva Bowl 1999 winner, from Italy. Atrid’s best ranking was #356 on WTA list in March 2009.

Tereza MRDEZA, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Croatia, is currently ranked #206 on WTA list.


2001 – 6th Smrikva Bowl was the last year with dominance of the top national players…

BOYS
Marin Draganja, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #592 on ATP ranking list.
Dino Marcan, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #390 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #59 on WTA list (TOP 100 WTA). Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.
Indire Akiki, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #540 on WTA list.


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

2002 – 7th Smrikva Bowl and 1st”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Javier MARTI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Spain, is currently ranked #184 on ATP list.
Giacomo Miccini, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Italy, currently not ranked on ATP list.

GIRLS
Martina Caregaro, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #835 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #496 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Ema BURGIC, ranked 3rd on 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, best ranking was #505 on WTA list in July 2010.


2003 – 8th Smrikva Bowl and 2nd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #310 on ATP ranking list. Junior ROLAND GARROS 2011 finalist, Eddie Herr International and Junior Orange Bowl under 18 winner.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #844 on ATP ranking list. Junior US OPEN 2011 semifinalist.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1676 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Jennifer Ren, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Great Britain, not currently ranked on WTA list.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #570 on WTA list.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #496 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Emmett EGGER, played 2nd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked yet on ATP list.


2004 – 9th Smrikva Bowl and 3rd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Ivan Levar, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Croatia, is not ranked on ATP ranking list.
Miki JANKOVIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #780 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #861 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1676 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #921 on WTA ranking list. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Mitchel POLNET, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, not ranked on ATP ranking list.

Blair SHANKLE, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #132 on ITF ranking list, and is ranked #859 on WTA ranking list


IN 2005 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 3 CONTINENTS

2005 – 10th Smrikva Bowl and 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Matteo DONATI, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Italy, is ranked #32 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1023 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #7 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked 911 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #558 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #8 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #21 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1306 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, , 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #107 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #1437 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #57 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #921 on WTA ranking list. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #453 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #68 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #927 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #109 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #529 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #39 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

“Little Mo” TEAM
Jeffrey Schorsch, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Jose Gracia, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Yale Goldberg, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Dorothy Tang, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2006 – 11th Smrikva Bowl and 5th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Gianluigi QUINZI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Italy, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #558 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #116 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #62 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #32 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #103 on ITF ranking list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #9 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #85 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #91 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)

“Little Mo” TEAM
Daniel Maese, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Aries Wong, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is still not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Christina MAKAROVA, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #18 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #895 on WTA ranking list
Gabriella Umoquit, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #449 on ITF ranking list.


2007 – 12th Smrikva Bowl and 6th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Sacha MERZETTI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 winner, from Italy, is ranked #330in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #241 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #762 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #305 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #532 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and 877 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #121 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #86 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100) and 758 on WTA list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #717 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #342 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #536 on ITF ranking list.
Domonique Garley, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2008 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 5 CONTINENTS AND TURNED INTO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008 – 13th Smrikva Bowl and 7th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Luka PANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Switzerland, is ranked #198 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #507 in Europe in under 14 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #138 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Andrea Guerrieri, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #244 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #107 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #364 on ITF ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #4 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #707 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #5 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #634 on ITF ranking list.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #602 on under 14 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #144 on ITF ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #33 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #330 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #19 in Europe in under 16 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #458 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #36 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked *#286 on ITF ranking list*.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Paulina Ferrari, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2009 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 6 NEW COUNTRIES AND 1 NEW CONTINENT THUS REACHED THE TOTAL OF 40 COUNTRIES AND 6 CONTINENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2009 – 14th Smrikva Bowl and 8th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is ranked #203 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #39 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #198 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #404 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #16 in under 14 european ranking.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #65 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #104 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #152 in under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #75 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #230 in under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Alex GEE, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Michaela GORDON, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2010 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 9 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 49 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2010 – 15th Smrikva Bowl and 9th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Spain, is ranked #502in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #198 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #87 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica Radu, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #604 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #152 in under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #530 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #260 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Italy, is ranked #381 in under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Max Motlagh, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Alexa Butera, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2011 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 53 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Stipan Madzar, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.


IN 2012 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 57 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION... and for the first time in the quarterfinals there were still five continents represented: AFRICA, ASIA, AMERICA, OCENIA and EUROPE

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Goran ZIVOTIC, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Sebastian GIMA, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Romania, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Viktor JOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, Serbian origin living in UAE, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ajdin MUHAREMOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Himari SATO, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Japan, is too young for ITF ranking.
Luisa MEYER AUF DER HEIDE, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Pia LOVRIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Slovenia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Zoe KRUGER, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Republic of South Africa, is too young for ITF ranking.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


11/12/12

Smrikva Bowl players on NIKE Junior Tour MASTER 2012 (Florida); the winners are: Katarina Jokic (u14) and Claire Liu (u12); reached semifinals: Nicolas Kuhn, Yshai Oliel, Mihaela Marculescu, Paula Arias Manon (u12)

During December Florida is the tennis Kingdom of junnior tennis with important tournaments such as: Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr International, Little Mo International, Prince Cup… and this year also the NIKE Junior Tour MASTER is played in Florida at Club Med Sandpiper.

In 2006 was played in La Manga (Spain), in 2007 – Turin (Italy), in 2008 – Club Med Sandpiper (USA – Florida), 2009 – Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), 2010 – Club Med Columbus Isle (Bahamas) and over the last two years at Club Med Sandpiper in Florida.

NIKE Junior Tour MASTER 2011 was played in under 12 and under 14 and several top Smrikva Bowl players are in the Draws.

At the beginning of the Main Draws there were 26 Smrikva Bowl players in total… there are still 2 in the Main Draws…

The winners are: Claire Liu and Katarina Jokic

Semifinals: Nicolas Kuhn, Yshai Oliel, Mihaela Marculescu, Paula Arias Manon

Quarterfinals: Jovana Vukovic, Viktoria Kuzmova and Jazzi Plews

...here below are the former Smrikva Bowl players on NIKE Junior Tour MASTER 2012 edition:


Boys:

BOYS UNDER 12

Nikola Kuhn (Esp) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner
1st round: Nikola Kuhn – bye
2nd round: Nikola Kuhn – Tibo Colson (Bel) 6:0, 6:3
3rd round: Nikola Kuhn – Bodin Zarkovic (Srb) 6:0, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Nikola Kuhn – Igor Gimenez (Bra) 6:4, 6:0
Semifinals: Nikola Kuhn – Alen Avidzba (Rus) 3:6, 2:6

Yshai Oliel (ISR) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Yshai Oliel – bye
2nd round: Yshai Oliel – Mischa Lanz (Sui) 6:1, 5:7, 6:2
3rd round: Yshai Oliel – Alvaro Gonzalez (Mex) 6:2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Yshai Oliel – Axel Nefve (Usa) 6:2, 7:5
Semifinals: Yshai Oliel – R.Molleker (Ger) 5:7, 5:7

Matic Podlipnik (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Matic Podlipnik – bye
2nd round: Matic Podlipnik – Tobias Purrer (Aut) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Matic Podlipnik – Artsiom Bardzin (Blr) 3:6, 3:6

Bodin Zarkovic (Srb) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Bodin Zarkovic – bye
2nd round: Bodin Zarkovic – P. Gallegos Alvarez (Chi) 6:1, 7:5
3rd round: Bodin Zarkovic – Nikola Kuhn (Esp) 0:6, 1:6

Karlo Suevich (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Karlo Suevich – bye
2nd round: Karlo Suevich – Sebastien Baez (Arg) 1:6, 3:6

Tomas Machac (CZE) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Tomas Machac – bye
2nd round: Tomas Machac – Yuefeng Di (Chn) 2:6, 3:6

Tomas Machac won the Consolation Nike Junior Tour 2012

Mischa Lanz (Sui) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Mischa Lanz – Lukas Tomic (BiH) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Mischa Lanz – Yshai Oliel (Isr) 1:6, 7:5, 2:6

Mischa Lanz was the runner up of the Consolation Nike Junior Tour 2012

Mark Keki (Hun) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Mark Keki – bye
2nd round: Mark Keki – Artsiom Bardzin (Blr) 2:6, 1:6

Anthony Popyrin (AUS) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Anthony Popyrin – bye
2nd round: Anthony Popyrin – Viktor Banczi (Svk) 4:6, 1:6


Boys:

BOYS UNDER 14

Karlo Boljat (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Karlo Boljat – bye
2nd round: Karlo Boljat – Nikolai Kolobaev (Rus) 6:0, 6:1
3rd round: Karlo Boljat – Markus Walters (Gbr) 6:2, 4:6, 3:6

Gregor Kokalj (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 semifinalist
1st round: Gregor Kokalj – bye
2nd round: Gregor Kokalj – Matthias Haim (Aut) 2:6, 2:6

Alexei Popyrin (Aus) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Alexei Popyrin – bye
2nd round: A.Popyrin – Guilherme Scarpelli (Bra) 3:6, 6:4, 2:6

Dylan M Bednarczyk (CAN) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Dylan Bednarczyk – bye
2nd round: Dylan Bednarczyk – Mate Valkusz (Hun) 2:6, 3:6

Dylan Bednarczyk was the semifinalist of the Consolation Nike Junior Tour 2012


Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 12

Claire Liu (Usa) – 9th”Little MO”/Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Claire Liu – bye
2nd round: Claire Liu – Thaisa Pedretti (Bra) 6:1, 6:2
3rd round: Claire Liu – Z. Kulembayeva (Kaz) 6:1, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Claire Liu – D. Yastremska (Ukr) 2:6, 6:4, 6:2
Semifinals: Claire Liu – Paula Arias Manon (Esp) 6:4, 6:0
Finals: Claire Liu – A.Desiatnikov (Usa) 6:1, 6:0

Mihaela Marculescu (ROM) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Mihaela Marculescu – Arabella Koller (Aut) 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Mihaela Marculescu – A. Potapova (Rus) 6:2, 5:7, 7:6
3rd round: Mihaela Marculescu – Irina C.Siemers (Bel) 6:3, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Mihaela Marculescu – L.Rohacova (Svk) 6:0, 6:3
Semifinals: Mihaela Marculescu – A.Desiatnikov (Usa) 3:6,0:6

Paula Arias Manon (Esp) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Paula Arias Manon – bye
2nd round: Paula Arias Manon – Neil Miller (Gbr) 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Paula Arias Manon – V. Morvayova (Svk) 6:1, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Paula Arias Manon – A.Kynclova (Cze) 6:0, 7:5
Semifinals: Paula Arias Manon – Claire Liu (Usa) 4:6, 0:6

Jovana Vukovic – JOKA (Srb) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner
1st round: Jovana Vukovic – bye
2nd round: Jovana Vukovic – V. Langes (Ger) 6:2, 6:3
3rd round: Jovana Vukovic – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) 6:4, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Jovana Vukovic – A.Desiatnikov (Usa) 2:6, 2:6

Irina Cantos Siemers (BEL) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Irina Cantos Siemers – bye
2nd round: Irina Cantos – Opheline Depoilly (Fra) 2:6,6:2,6:1
3rd round: Irina Cantos Siemers-M. Marculescu (Rou) 3:6,1:6

Lian Benedejcic (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Lian Benedejcic – Neil Miller (Uk) 7:6, 2:6, 2:6

Lian Benedejcic was the runner up of the Consolation Nike Junior Tour 2012

Adela Joldic (BiH) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Adela Joldic – bye
2nd round: Adela Joldic – V. Morvayova (Svk) 4:6, 6:3, 2:6

Adela Joldic was the semifinalist of the Consolation Nike Junior Tour 2012


Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 14

Katarina Jokic (Srb) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner
1st round: Katarina Jokic – bye
2nd round: Katarina Jokic – Hana Mraz (Slo)
3rd round: Katarina Jokic – Sofia Kenin (Usa) 6:1, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Katarina Jokic – Jazzi Plews (UK) 6:3, 6:2
Semifinals: Katarina Jokic – Z.El Houari (Mar) 6:3, 6:2
Finals: Katarina Jokic – Julia Payola (Esp) 6:2, 6:4

Victoria Kuzmova (Svk) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 semifinalist
1st round: Victoria Kuzmova – bye
2nd round: Victoria Kuzmova – A. Pospelova (Rus) 6:1, 6:2
3rd round: Victoria Kuzmova – C.Gorches (Mex) 6:3, 2:6, 7:6
Quarterfinals: V. Kuzmova – T.Gravouil (Fra) 7:6, 6:7, 6:7

Jazzi Plews (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Jazzi Plews –
2nd round: Jazzi Plews – Lee Barnard (Rsa) 6:1, 6:0
3rd round: Jazzi Plews – Viktoria Bardarova (Bul) 7:6, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Jazzi Plews – Katarina Jokic (Srb) 3:6, 2:6

Petra Granic (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Petra Granic – bye
2nd round: Petra Granic – Alessia D’Auria (Ita) 1:0 ret
3rd round: Petra Granic – Julia Payola (Esp) 6:1, 1:6, 1:6

Alessia Welti (Sui) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Alessia Welti – bye
2nd round: Alessia Welti – Milagros Montero (Arg) 6:4, 6:1
3rd round: Alessia Welti – Fanni Stollar (Hun) 1:6, 1:6

Iulia Ivascu (Rou) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Iulia Ivascu – bye
2nd round: Iulia Ivascu – T. Grvouil (Fra) 6:7, 2:6

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10/12/12

Ana Konjuh, Laslo Djere win Orange Bowl 18s singles titles... Smrikva Bowl finalist in 2005 and 2007... an article published on USTA.com

Laslo Djere, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, and Ana Konjuh, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, won this year under 18 Dunlop ORANGE BOWL… I am pleased to share the article of Pat Mitsch written after the victory for the USTA.com…

Laslo Djere was runner up on this year Eddie Herr International under 18… while Ana Konjuh won the Eddi Herr Internatioal Junior Championship too and is the second girl in the history to win both titles in the same year…

With this week results Laslo Djere jumped to #7 ranking on ITF ranking list while Ana Konjuh jumped to #4 ITF ranking list position :)...


By Pat Mitsch, special to USTA.com

PLANTATION, Fla. – After opening so many eyes in America, Ana Konjuh will return to her home in Croatia and finally close hers.

The 14-year old Konjuh defeated the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to capture the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Girls’ 18s singles title at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center.

*Konjuh*’s victory on the clay courts comes a week after she won the Girls’ 18s singles title at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. She joins American Lauren Davis (2010) as the only two girls to win both titles in the same year.

After a whirlwind two weeks in which Konjuh, the No. 7 seed, swatted and sliced her way to 12 straight singles victories, she said the first thing she’ll do upon returning to her home in the Croatian capital of Zagreb is, well, sleep.

“Sure, I have a lot of confidence, but I’m also tired. I have to relax a bit right now,” said Konjuh, the youngest Orange Bowl Girls 18s champion since 14-year old Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in 2007. “I played a lot of matches. I got tired a bit. Now I’m just going to go home, spend time with my family, practice and prepare for (the) Australian Open.”

Siniakova, meanwhile, will end the year at No. 2 in the ITF World Junior rankings after falling to Konjuh in the Eddie Herr semifinals and Sunday’s Orange Bowl final, when Konjuh, who turns 15 on Dec. 27, made a change in match strategy.

“I wanted to play different, but she also played different. She played a little more slice, so I couldn’t make something with that,” said Siniakova, the No. 2 seed. “We know each other, so, it was a little bit different than the last match.”

Serbia’s Laslo Djere also produced a similar result against a familiar opponent in the Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s singles final, taking down No. 12 Elias Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 6-4. The two also met in the Eddie Herr semifinals, with Djere beating Ymer before falling in the Boys’ 18s title match.

“I finally managed to finish this match in the second set, unlike the week before,” the 17-year old Djere said. “It would be a bad feeling to lose two finals, so I gave my best to win this final, and it’s a great result. I’m very happy.”

Leading 5-4 in both the first and second set, the 10th-seeded Djere broke the 12th-seeded Ymer each time, closing out the match when Ymer sailed a forehand long on double match point.

“His down-the-line backhand was really good. He was stronger than me mentally,” Ymer, 16, said. “I don’t know. I couldn’t serve it out, 5-4, both sets. I think he played smarter than me.”

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05/12/12

SMRIKVE LOUNGE new website... :)

Dear Smrikve and Smrikva Bowl friend,

This is the story of SUN – WIND – CLOUDS… IN „MORE THAN TENNIS“...

... times change, but our dedication to perfecting the traveler experience in Istria remain…

Please take a look at the new SMRIKVE LOUNGE webiste...

... if you like it… would be nice to share it via e-mail with friends with whom you would wish to stay at our LOUNGE… everything start with our imaganation and one day your wish may turn into reality ;)...

I hope you will enjoy the new site… and hope to see you in Smrikve,

Mio

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03/12/12

Smrikva Bowl players on DUNLOP ORANGE BOWL 2012 - under 18... the winners are: Laslo Djere, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, and Ana Konjuh, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, while Gianluigi Quinzi and Belinda Bencic reached the quarterfinals

Mr. Eddie Herr was a tennis visionary who developed the international junior tournament circuit. In 1947, hoping to provide her daughter Suzanne with an opportunity to compete over the December school holidays, Mr. Herr conceived and organized the first Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.

The Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship has a rich history of bringing some of the world’s most promising young tennis players to South Florida, including Juan Martin Del Potro (2002 champion in 14U). The roster also has included Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, Chris Evert, Jim Courier and Mary Jo Fernandez…

...and I am pleased to recall that few years ago George Morgan, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, won the under 18 age group, while last year Dominic Thiem, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, won the under 18 age group.


BOYS UNDER 18

Laslo Djere (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up
1st round: Laslo Djere – Michael MMOH (Usa) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Laslo Djere – Siyu LIU (Chi) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Laslo Djere – Dominic WEIDINGER (Aut) 6:0, 7:6
Quarterfinals: Laslo Djere – Gianluigi Quinzi (Ita) 6:7,6:2,6:1
Semifinals: Laslo Djere – Thai Son Kwiatkowski (Usa) 6:4, 6:4
Finals: Laslo Djere – Elias YMER (Swe) 6:4, 6:4

Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
1st round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Lucas GOMEZ (Mex) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Daniel KERZNERMAN (Usa) 6:2, 7:5
3rd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Gustav HANSSON (Swe) 7:6, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Gianluigi Quinzi – Laslo Djere (Srb) 7:6,2:6,1:6

Borna Coric (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005
1st round: Borna Coric – Martin REDLICKI (Usa) 1:6, 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Borna Coric – Lukas MUGEVICIUS (Ltu) 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Borna Coric – Deiton BAUGHMAN (Usa) 6:4, 3:6, 2:6


GIRLS UNDER 18

Ana Konjuh (CRO) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up
1st round: Ana Konjuh – Tornado Alicia BLACK (Usa) 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Ana Konjuh – Ziyue SUN (Chi) 6:4,6:1
3rd round: Ana Konjuh – Alexandra KIICK (Usa) 7:6, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh – Belinda Bencic (Sui) 6:4, 6:2
Semifinals: Ana Konjuh – Taylor Townsend (Usa) 4:6, 6:1, 6:3
Finals: Ana Konjuh – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) 6:3, 6:2

Belinda Bencic (Sui) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Rebecca PETERSON (Swe) 2:6,6:2,7:5
2nd round: Belinda Bencic – Jamie LOEB (Usa) 6:3, 6:3
3rd round: Belinda Bencic – Anastasya KOMARDINA (Rus) 4:0,ret.
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic – Ana Konjuh (Cro) 4:6, 2:6

Christina Makarova (USA) – part of the “Little Mo” team in 2006
1st round: Christina Makarova – G.DE SANTIS (Ven) 6:4,6:1
2nd round: Christina Makarova – Varvara FLINK (Rus) 6:1,2:6,6:3
3rd round: Christina Makarova -Marcela ZACARIAS (Mex) 2:6,4:6

Jana Fett (CRO) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Jana Fett – Elena MALTSEVA (Rus) 6:3, 6:0
2nd round: Jana Fett – Chalena Scholl (Usa) 2:6, 2:6

Olga Fridman (UKR) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player
1st round: Olga Fridman – Maria MARFUTINA (Rus) 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Olga Fridman – Alexandra KIICK (Usa) 6:4, 1:6, 5:7

Ivana Jorovic (SRB) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Ivana Jorovic – Taylor TOWNSEND (Usa) 6:7, 6:7

Eleonor Dean (GBR) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
1st round: Eleonor Dean – Anne-Liz JEUKENG (Usa) 3:1 ret.

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Nina Stojanovic – Natalia VAJDOVA (Svk) 2:6, 4:6

Jazzi Plews (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Jazzi Plews – Mia HORWIT (Usa) 4:6, 1:6

Chiara Grimm (Sui) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Chiara GRIMM – Varvara FLINK (Rus) 1:6, 2:6

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26/11/12

Smrikva Bowl players on EDDIE HERR INTERNATIONAL 2012, the winner: Ana KONJUH (U18); in the finals: Laslo DJERE (U18); in the semifinals: Yshai OLIEL (U12), Belinda BENCIC (U18)

EDDIE HERR INTERNATIONAL 2012 – Junior Tennis Championships
IMG/Bollettieri Academies,
Bradenton, Florida USA

November 23rd – December 2nd, 2012.

This prestigous Junior International tournament was founded in 1987 by Eddie’s grandson (Glenn Feldman) to honor his grandfather for his life’s passion and success of bringing the world’s best junior tennis players together to compete. Eddie Herr was the founder of the Orange Bowl…

Over the past 20 years the Eddie Herr International Junior Tournament attracted players from over 136 nations and has served as a springboard to the professionals such as Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Anna Kournikova, Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse, Marcelo Rios, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic – to name just a few.

Few years ago two Smrikva Bowl winners won also Eddie Herr International… Katarina Jokic, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, won the under 12 age group, while Dominic Thiem, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, won the under 18 age group… and this year ANA KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, won the under 18 age group, and DJERE LASLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, reached the finals…

I recognized many Smrikva Bowl names in the Main Draws of this year edition…

Boys:

BOYS UNDER 12

Yshai Oliel (ISR) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Yshai Oliel – Arthur Fonseka (Bra) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Yshai Oliel – Ricardo Peredes (USA) 6:0, 6:2
3rd round: Yshai Oliel – Senyong Han (Kor) 6:3, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Yshai Oliel – Andrew Fenty (USA) 6:3, 6:0
Semifinals: Yshai Oliel – Nikolay Vylegzhanin (Rus) 6:7, 6:7

Tomas Machac (CZE) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Tomas Machac – Guillermo Castaneda (Mex) 6:2, 6:0
2nd round: Tomas Machac – Marcelo Ahumada (Chi) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: Tomas Machac – Keenan Mayo (USA) 4:6, 3:6

Karlo Suevich (CRO) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Karlo Suevich – Adam Neff (USA) 3:6, 6:2, 7:5
2nd round: Karlo Suevich – Jenson Brooksby (USA) 4:6, 7:5, 7:6

Karol Paluch (POL) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player
1st round: Karol Paluch – Tyler Zink (USA) 4:6, 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Karol Paluch – Nikolay Vylegzhanin (Rus) 6:7, 2:6

Adam Neff (USA) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Adam Neff – Karlo Suevich (Cro) 6:3, 2:6, 5:7

Anthony Popyrin (AUS) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Anthony Popyrin – Garrett Johns (USA) 5:7, 1:6


BOYS UNDER 14

Dylan M Bednarczyk (CAN) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Dylan Bednarczyk – John Jorgeson (USA) 5:7, 6:3, 6:7

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw winner
1st round: Alexei Popyrin – Jack Lin (Can) 1:6, 6:7

Patrik Rikl (CZE) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Patrik Rikl – Pedro Uribe (Col) 3:6, ret.


BOYS UNDER 18

Laslo Djere (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up
1st round: Laslo Djere – G.LOPEZ VILLASENOR (Mex) 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Laslo Djere – Henry CRAIG (USA) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: Laslo Djere – Alexander Zverev (Ger) 4:6, 6:3, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Laslo Djere – Brayden SCHNUR (Can) 7:6, 6:1
Semifinals: Laslo Djere – Elias YMER (Swe) 6:3, 6:3
Finals: Laslo Djere – C.GARIN (Chi) 6:0, 4:6, 5:7

Borna Coric (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005
1st round: Borna Coric – Brayden SCHNUR (Can) 6:7, 6:7


Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 12

Mihaela Marculescu (ROM) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Mihaela Marculescu – Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: Mihaela Marculescu – Irina C.Siemers (BEL) 6:2, 6:2
3rd round: M.Marculescu – Abigail Desiatnikov (USA) 4:6, 2:6

Neli Sunjic (CRO) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Neli Sunjic – Vanessa Streng (USA) 6:0, 6:2
2nd round: Neli Sunjic – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) 2:6, 3:6

Irina Cantos Siemers (BEL) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Irina Cantos Siemers – Daniela Bellini (USA) 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Irina C.Siemers – Mihaela Marculescu (Rom) 2:6,2:6

Lucie Kankova (CZE) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Lucie Kankova – Sanyukta Gawande (USA) 6:4, 6:2
2nd round: Lucie Kankova – En-Shuo Liang (Chn) 1:6, 6:7

Himari Sato (JPN) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner
1st round: Himari Sato – Ellie Douglas (USA) 2:6, 3:4

Zoe Kruger (RSA) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist
1st round: Zoe Kruger – Alana Wolfberg (USA) 2:6, 4:6

Olga Danilovic (SRB) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Olga Danilovic – Margo Landmann (RSA) 4:6, 5:7


GIRLS UNDER 14

Ingrid Neel (USA) – part of the “Little Mo” team in 2008
1st round: Ingrid Neel – Elizabeth Danailova (Bul) 6:3, 6:3
2nd round: Ingrid Neel – Dalma Galfi (Hun) 6:2, 6:3
3rd round: Ingrid Neel – Anjana Suresh (Can) 6:3, 5:7, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Ingrid Neel – Zhanian Wei (Chi) 7:6,2:6,3:6

Inci Ogut (TUR) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 semifinalist
1st round: Inci Ogut – May Kimhi (Isr) 6:2, 6:3
2nd round: Inci Ogut – Tate Schroeder (USA) 6:0, 4:6, 6:4
3rd round: Inci Ogut – Madeline Meredith (USA) 0:6, 2:6


GIRLS UNDER 18

Ana Konjuh (CRO) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up
1st round: Ana Konjuh – Jessica HO (USA) 0:6, 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Ana Konjuh – Olga FRIDMAN (Ukr) 3:6, 6:4, 6:2
3rd round: Ana Konjuh – Aldila SUTJIADI (Ina) 6:3, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh – Rebecca PETERSON (Swe)
Semifinals: Ana Konjuh – K.SINIAKOVA (Cze) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4
Finals: Ana Konjuh – B. HAAS (Aut) 6:1, 6:1

Belinda Bencic (Sui) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Maria SHISHKINA (USA) 6:7, 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Belinda Bencic – Rasheeda MCADOO (USA) 6:2, 6:3
3rd round: Belinda Bencic – Sandra SAMIR (Egy) 6:3, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic – J. BRADY (USA) 6:1, 6:4
Semifinals: Belinda Bencic – B. HAAS (Aut) 4:6, 4:6

Jazzi Plews (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Jazzi Plews – Chiara GRIMM (Sui) 2:6, 6:1, 6:4
2nd round: Jazzi Plews – Aldila SUTJIADI (Ina) 6:1, 4:6, 3:6

Olga Fridman (UKR) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player
1st round: Olga Fridman – Nicole FRENKEL (Usa) 7:5, 6:3
2nd round: Olga Fridman – Ana Konjuh (Cro) 6:2, 4:6, 2:6

Ivana Jorovic (SRB) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Ivana Jorovic – Denise STARR (USA) 6:1, 7:5
2nd round: Ivana Jorovic – Carol ZHAO (Can) 6:7, 2:6

Jana Fett (CRO) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Jana Fett – Varvara FLINK (Rus) 3:6, 3:6

Chiara Grimm (Sui) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Chiara GRIMM – Jazzi Plews (UK) 6:2, 1:6, 4:6

Christina Makarova (USA) – part of the “Little Mo” team in 2006
1st round: Christina Makarova – Aldila SUTJIADI (Ina) 6:7, 6:7

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Nina Stojanovic – Louisa CHIRICO (USA) 4:6, 6:3, 6:7

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


23/11/12

Smrikva Bowl Library story and the winter... JRL once said... "books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind..." ;)

18th Pula’s Festival of Books and Authors – “San(j)am knjige u Istri 2012” – will start on 2nd of December 2012 and will be held till December 11th 2012…

This Pula’s Festival reminds me the libraries of New York, London, Milan, Barcelona I enjoyed to spend time in :)...

In Smrikve… we started to build a particular library years ago… and also the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 generation selection process is on going…

I would be pleased to recall today the story that is linked to the books and the title above… it is linked to the books but also to our players who bring them to their Smrikva Bowl… :)

...it is the story of heritage… and mind pollen… ;)…

James Russell Lowell compared books to the bees… “books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind…”

SMRIKVA BOWL LIBRARY STORY…

In 2009 we started the building of the Smrikva Bowl Library… and since than each Smrikva Bowl player is requested to bring with him a cultural book that will remember his stay in Smrikve and will represent part of his culture of origin to be shared with other Smrikve friends…

Nowadays Smrikva Bowl Library consists of over 380 books from over 46 countries… :)

…Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors are today spread in 57 countries and all the continents… and historically their task was to help us in our search of talented kids in their countries of origin and invite them to play the Smrikva Bowl but from 26th of March 2009… since Istria from Smrikve was put on line… they are also ISTRIA Cultural Ambassadors’ seeds.

The old olive tree Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors plant every year is a symbol of friendship and intergenerational responsibility and Smrikva Bowl’s idea of children, sport, music and culture that are able to pass all frontiers are incorporated in the creation of the Smrikva Bowl Library too…

I used to write in my first book on European Union and Cosmopolitan Democracy that we are those who represent the current civilization…

I find it as an important concept. Today people live an average of about 80 years. What we call civilization is mostly made up of the human knowledge we have accumulated till today, which our institutions in part are able to pass onto future generations… sometimes this is not easy at all…

The books represent the greatest human memory that can help us understand what we see combined with cumulated personal experience of our daily lives. But given the fragility of the circle of life it is very easy for people to ignore these facts and lose sight of our human knowledge. It takes just a few generations to lose that great heritage…

We have gotten used to rapid technological progress, but social and civil progress is slower… more complex. Humans learn throughout the whole lifetime, from books… schools, but mostly from personal experiences…

Smrikva Bowl mission is to develop and spread cosmopolitan values. Love, friendship and empathy are cosmopolitan values per excellence for people and humanity…

The video that is shared in the article above is presenting a view expressed by a person I met years ago… at the time he was advisor to the US Government and EU Commission related to the new energy sources… and his findings are always interesting to think about…

In addition I would like to thanks in advance the 18th Smrikva Bowl players who will help this year with their visit to Smrikve to build another piece of the Smrikva Bowl World library :)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


15/11/12

Daria SOLOVYEVA - Dasha and Mischa LANZ are the winners, , Andrin SANER runner up, while Kristina NOVAK, Betina TOKAC, reached the semifinals at TE Europe under 12 tournament played in Antalya, Turkey

Daria SOLOVYEVA – Dasha, La Bottega di Smrikve 2011-2012 friend from Russia won the finals…

Kristina NOVAK, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist from Slovenia reached the semifinals…

Dasha and Kristina are playing successfuly doubles in Turkey… and they won the finals too :)... playing against Joane Zuger, Smrikva Bowl player from Switzerland, and Melissa Rosa Muradoglu from Turkey.

Betina TOKAC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 semifinalist from Turkey reached the semifinals…

...and Andre SANER, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player and Mischa LANZ, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist from Switzerland were in the finals too at TE Europe under 12 tournament played this week in Antalya, in Turkey, and Mischa Lanz was the winner… They are also won the doubles finals :))

Let’s see in details the results of the best players starting with GIRLS:

Daria SOLOVYEVA (Rus) – La Bottega di Smrikve 2011-2012
1st round: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Eda BAGDATLI (Tur) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Axana MAREEN (Bel) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: D. SOLOVYEVA -Simona BORISOVA (Bul) 6:3,7:5
Quarterfinals: Daria SOLOVYEVA -S.S.CADAR 6:3,3:6,6:1
Semifinals: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Kristina NOVAK (Slo) 6:4, 6:1
Finals: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Gergana TOPALOVA (Bul) 6:1, 6:1

Kristina NOVAK (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Kristina NOVAK – Selin OVUNC (Tur) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Kristina NOVAK – Mila MEJIC (Srb) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Kristina NOVAK – Polina KRUPCHENKO (Rus) 6:3, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Kristina NOVAK – Zeynep ERMAN (Tur) 6:4, 6:0
Semifinals: Kristina NOVAK – Daria SOLOVYEVA (Rus) 4:6, 1:6

Betina TOKAC (Tur) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 semifinalist
1st round: Betina TOKAC – Irina BABKOVA (Rus) 6:7,6:4, 6:2
2nd round: Betina TOKAC – Marija SEMENISTAJA (Lat) 6:0, 6:0
3rd round: Betina TOKAC – Andra Ilinca BABATA (Rou) 6:2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Betina TOKAC – Yasmina KHATAMOVA (Rus) 6:4,6:2
Semifinals: Betina TOKAC – Gergana TOPALOVA (Bul) 6:1, 6:4

Other Smrikva Bowl players and La Bottega friends in the girls Main Draw are: Mila MEJIC (2nd round), Joanne ZUGER (2nd round), Yasemin Ada BORU (1st round)...


BOYS:

Mischa LANZ (Sui) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Mischa LANZ – Erik GREVELIUS (Swe) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Mischa LANZ – Ahmet ASTARCI (Tur) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: Mischa LANZ – Tibo COLSON (Bel) 7:5, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Mischa LANZ – Jesper A.JORGENSEN (Den) 6:1,6:1
Semifinals: Mischa LANZ – Tobias PUERRER (Aus) 6:0,6:2
Finals: Mischa LANZ – Andrin SANER (Sui) 6:0, 6:2

Andrin SANER (Sui) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player
1st round: Andrin SANER – Ulas Boran ULUSOY (Tur) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Andrin SANER – Doru Junior BORSAN (Rou) 6:2, 6:0
3rd round: Andrin SANER – Alperen SANATER (Tur) 6:1, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Andrin SANER – S. DANILOV (Rus) 4:6,7:6,6:2
Semifinals: Andrin SANER – Kuzey CEKIRGE (Tur) 7:6, 6:2
Finals: Andrin SANER – Mischa LANZ (Sui) 0:6, 2:6

Other Smrikva Bowl players in the boys Main Draw are: Berke Eser COSKUN (2nd round), Arslan KELLOU (2nd round), Eric VANSHELBOIM (1st round), Herman HOEYERAAL (1st round)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


15/11/12

The Smrikve c Code story... is a story about virtue created by training and wish to learn...

Smrikve c Code was created a few years ago as a new section among the Smrikva Bowl Tournament sections…

The birth of this article was inspired by the Smrikva Bowl kids’ ability to use rackets and the Star Wars knights to use their lightsabers…

It is a kid’s story about virtue created by long hours spent in training and wish to learn… day after day… year after year… decade after decade…


Smrikve, October 2010

The Star Wars “Return of the Jedi” is the first film I remember seeing with my dad at the cinema… it was 1983 and I was 10… the cinema was named “Istra”… I was the same age as the Smrikva Bowl players we host every year in Smrikve :)…

In the introduction of this article I would just underline that I like the way Jedi use the lightsabers and I like the way Smrikva Bowl kids use their rackets :)... Smrikve c Code is a story about virtue created by training and wish to learn…

My dad was pilot and for me watching The Star Wars with him at the cinema was a particular experience … I had many questions and he, as usual, with smile and pleasure answered to each of my questions…

Dad used to take me with him on the airport when I was little… and I remember him entering the cockpit of the plane with pilot helmet watching towards me and giving me the sign that he was ready to fly… than he turned on the engine of the plane and watched towards me again with smile in his eyes…

I stayed about 100 meters from the airplane with his colleagues and watched him taking his plane towards runway…

From the place where I stayed only part of the runway was visible because of the wood and he took the plane in the area that was invisible to me to prepare for the takeoff… I was able to hear the force of the engine… and when the sound of the force started to increase I knew that my dad will be visible soon… his colleagues were telling me “be ready soon your dad will come”… and when he started to be visible on the back of the plane there was the fire… almost half length of the airplane had the fire extension formed by his engine and I just noticed his helmet in the cockpit and followed by my kids eyes his airplane reaching the sky…

The Jedi are characters in the Star Wars universe bound to a code of morality and justice and are trained in the use of the light side of the force. They learn to use the Force, and weapons, known as lightsabers, which emits a controlled energy flow in the shape of a sword, to serve and protect their Republic and the galaxy from conflicts or government instability…

Since long time ago I started to note the ability of Smrikva Bowl kids using the racket and thinking at the same time on Jedi’s ability to use the lightsaber :)…

Some of my students use Wilson’s ying & young damper… known as Tao sign… they like the symbol but are still too young to have an idea about it ;)… I will try to use this symbol to help me explain how little the difference could be in forming a balance in anything we do… every action has a reaction in our World… in the first classes of physics we learn Newton’s third law…

Tao is an abstract concept found in Taoism, Confucianism, and more generally in ancient Chinese philosophy and East Asian cultures.

While the word itself translates as “way”, “path”, or “route”… it is often used philosophically to signify the fundamental nature of the World we are used to living on Earth… it is often referred to as “the nameless”, because neither it nor its principles can ever be adequately expressed in words.

While the Tao cannot be expressed, Taoism holds that it can be known, and its principles can be followed. Much of Taoist writing focuses on the value of following the Tao – called Te (virtue) – and of the ultimate uselessness of trying to understand or control Tao outright. This is often expressed through yin and yang arguments, where every action creates a counter-action as a natural, unavoidable movement within manifestations of the Tao.

I used the above short explenation to introduce the Codes used in the Star Wars universe…

As in the Tao symbol there were knights trained to use the dark side of the force and the light side… this is the way how mankind functioned since the human written memory goes back…

For new ideas people have to go beyond… out of the known patterns by using their imagination… the kids are many times Master in this…

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”... :)

DARK SIDE (The Sith Code)

• Peace is a lie. There is only passion.
• Through passion, I gain strength.
• Through strength, I gain power.
• Through power, I gain victory.
• Through victory, my chains are broken.
• The Force shall free me.

LIGHT SIDE (The Jedi Code)

• There is no emotion, there is peace.
• There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
• There is no passion, there is serenity.
• There is no death, there is the Force.

The Jedi Code was rewritten by Grand Master Luke Skywalker upon reestablishing the Jedi Order:

• Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
• Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.
• Jedi respect all life, in any form.
• Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.
• Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.

Smrikve c code is the code…

...and… just one more thing…

... “La guerra no le hace a uno grandioso.”... ;)

I am pleased to close this article with Dire Straits and their Brothers in Arms song… starting with the sound of the thunder… The concert was made in 1988 to honour Nelson Mandela…

BROTHERS IN ARMS

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I’ve whittnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Miodrag Bozovic

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


12/11/12

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF, USTA and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update November 2012)

Former top Smrikva Bowl players that reached certain results on the professional ranking list are mentioned below and the top Smrikva Bowl players that are still competing…

As of 13th of August 2012 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 1 player TOP 100 WTA (Petra Martic – 2001 winner)

• 1 player TOP 200 ATP (Javier Marti – 2002 winner)

• 6 boys and 9 girls… in total 15 players are in TOP 100 ITF – (Gianluigi QUINZI #3, Nikola MILOJEVIC #7, Borna CORIC #19, Matteo DONATI #23, Laslo DJERE #30, Franko MIOCIC #52; Belinda BENCIC #11, Ana KONJUH #14, Christina MAKAROVA #20, Ilka CSOREGI #32, Camilla ROSATELLO #39, Eleanor DEAN #64, Irina Maria BARA #66, Giulia PAIRONE #86, Ivana JOROVIC #88)

1boy and 3 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Gianluigi QUINZI #1, Donna Vekic #7, Belinda BENCIC #9, Ana KONJUH #10)

3 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Olga FRIDMAN #1, Maia LUMSDEN #4, Viktoria KUZMOVA #5)

IN 1996 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM ISTRIA AND KVARNER (1st Smrikva Bowl)... IN 1997 TOP PLAYERS FROM CROATIA gathered on the 2nd Smrikva Bowl... IN 1998 3rd SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO GATHER FIRST FOREIGN PLAYERS...

BOYS
Vilim Visak, 1st Smrikva Bowl 1996 winner, from Croatia. Vilim’s best ranking was #612 in March 2006.

GIRLS
Ivana Lisjak, 2nd Smrikva Bowl 1997 winner, from Croatia. Ivana’s best ranking was #95 on WTA list in June 2006.

Astrid Besser, 4th Smrikva Bowl 1999 winner, from Italy. Atrid’s best ranking was #356 on WTA list in March 2009.

Tereza MRDEZA, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Croatia, is currently ranked #193 on WTA list.


2001 – 6th Smrikva Bowl was the last year with dominance of the top national players…

BOYS
Marin Draganja, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #601 on ATP ranking list.
Dino Marcan, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #406 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #59 on WTA list (TOP 100 WTA). Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.
Indire Akiki, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #537 on WTA list.


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

2002 – 7th Smrikva Bowl and 1st”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Javier MARTI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Spain, is currently ranked #184 on ATP list.
Giacomo Miccini, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Italy, was ranked #1054 on ATP list in May 2009.

GIRLS
Martina Caregaro, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #734 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #500 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Ema BURGIC, ranked 3rd on 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, best ranking was #505 on WTA list in July 2010.


2003 – 8th Smrikva Bowl and 2nd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #396 on ATP ranking list. Junior ROLAND GARROS 2011 finalist, Eddie Herr International and Junior Orange Bowl under 18 winner.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #864 on ATP ranking list. Junior US OPEN 2011 semifinalist.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1671 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Jennifer Ren, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Great Britain, not currently ranked on WTA list.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #577 on WTA list.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #500 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Emmett EGGER, played 2nd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked yet on ATP list.


2004 – 9th Smrikva Bowl and 3rd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Ivan Levar, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Croatia, is not ranked on ATP ranking list.
Miki JANKOVIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #805 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #840 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1671 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #770 on WTA ranking list

“Little Mo” TEAM
Mitchel POLNET, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, not ranked on ATP ranking list.

Blair SHANKLE, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #124 on ITF ranking list, and is ranked #935 on WTA ranking list


IN 2005 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 3 CONTINENTS

2005 – 10th Smrikva Bowl and 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Matteo DONATI, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Italy, is ranked #28 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1120 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #30 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked 912 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #672 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #7 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #19 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1314 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, , 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #109 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #1439 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #52 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #770 on WTA ranking list.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #458 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #66 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #927 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #109 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #625 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #39 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

“Little Mo” TEAM
Jeffrey Schorsch, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Jose Gracia, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Yale Goldberg, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Dorothy Tang, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2006 – 11th Smrikva Bowl and 5th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Gianluigi QUINZI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Italy, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #672 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #118 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #64 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #32 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #105 on ITF ranking list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #11 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #86 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)

“Little Mo” TEAM
Daniel Maese, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Aries Wong, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is still not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Christina MAKAROVA, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #20 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #895 on WTA ranking list
Gabriella Umoquit, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #955 on ITF ranking list.


2007 – 12th Smrikva Bowl and 6th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Sacha MERZETTI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 winner, from Italy, is ranked #223 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #151 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #760 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #209 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #430in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #10 in Europe in under 16 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U16) and is ranked #14 on ITF ranking list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #51 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #127 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #58 in Europe in under 16 cathegory, and is ranked #88 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100) and 768 on WTA list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #716 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #351 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #617 on ITF ranking list.
Domonique Garley, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2008 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 5 CONTINENTS AND TURNED INTO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008 – 13th Smrikva Bowl and 7th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Luka PANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Switzerland, is ranked #175 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #442 in Europe in under 14 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #128 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Andrea Guerrieri, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #218 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #152 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #4 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14).
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #5 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14).
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #525 on under 14 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14).
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #40 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #11 in Europe in under 14 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14).
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #18 in Europe in under 14 cathegory.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked *#311 on ITF ranking list*.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Paulina Ferrari, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2009 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 6 NEW COUNTRIES AND 1 NEW CONTINENT THUS REACHED THE TOTAL OF 40 COUNTRIES AND 6 CONTINENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2009 – 14th Smrikva Bowl and 8th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is ranked #178 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #37 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #358 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #19 in under 14 european ranking.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #62 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #101 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #75 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #215 in under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Alex GEE, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Michaela GORDON, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2010 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 9 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 49 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2010 – 15th Smrikva Bowl and 9th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica Radu, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Italy, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Max Motlagh, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Alexa Butera, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2011 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 53 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Stipan Madzar, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.


IN 2012 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 57 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION... and for the first time in the quarterfinals there were still five continents represented: AFRICA, ASIA, AMERICA, OCENIA and EUROPE

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Goran ZIVOTIC, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Sebastian GIMA, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Romania, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Viktor JOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, Serbian origin living in UAE, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ajdin MUHAREMOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Himari SATO, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Japan, is too young for ITF ranking.
Luisa MEYER AUF DER HEIDE, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Pia LOVRIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Slovenia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Zoe KRUGER, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Republic of South Africa, is too young for ITF ranking.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


09/11/12

Miomir Kecmanovic, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, is the winner of the KREMLIN CUP - TE Europe under 14 tournament played in Moscow - CAT 1

Miomir Kecmanovic, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, born in 1999, from Serbia, is one of the most prominent European players in his age group, currently ranked #19 in Europe in under 14 age group, and every summer for years he’s been spending his tennis vacation time with Miro in Smirkve…

... he grew up quite a lot since last year and his game continues to improve… always in balance and always ready to hit fast… although only 13 his serve can reach over 170 km/h… and the balls goes where he wish…

This week Miso he won KREMLIN CUP cathegory 1 level TE Tournament under 14 held in Moscow in Russia… and his road towards the victory was the following:

1st round: Miomir Kecmanovic – bye
2nd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Dimitriy VORONIN (Rus) 6:1,6:4
3rd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Nikita MISHIN (Rus) 4:6, 7:5, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Miomir Kecmanovic – Ergi KIRKIN (Tur) 6:0, 6:4
Semifinals: Miomir Kecmanovic – Dmitry SHATALIN (Rus) 7:6, 6:3
Finals: Miomir Kecmanovic – Nikolay KOLOBAEV (Rus) 6:2, 7:5

Bravo Miso!

p.s. On the picture below… Miso is on the right side to Miro, while on the left side is Karlo Suevich, another tennis talent from Croatia, after their morning training this summer in Smrikve…

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


08/11/12

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, born in 1996, reached the quarterfinals of 125.000 USD ITF worth tournament played in India - Royal Indian Open 2012...

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, currently ranked #118 on WTA list reached the quarterfinals of the Royal Indian Open 2012…

Donna is currently by far the best young player in the TOP 500…

On the picture below you can Donna Vekic while planting the old olive tree during the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors nomination cerimony in 2005 :)...

Few months ago Donna Vekic by virtue of reaching 2012 Tashkent final, was youngest player to reach a WTA final in six years (at age 16 – youngest since Paszek won Portoroz title in September 2006 at age 15).

At the end of 2011 she was ranked #392 WTA and today she is #118 WTA… as I wrote BY FAR the BEST IN HER AGE GROUP IN THE WORLD ON WTA RANKING LIST...

Her road towards the quarterfinals at Royal Indian Open 2012 was the following:

1st round: D.Vekic – Varatchaya WONGTEANCHAI (Tha) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: D.Vekic – Oksana KALASHNIKOVA (Geo) 6:2,4:6,6:0
Quarterfinals: D.Vekic – Tamarine TANASUGARN (Tha) 2:6, 4:6

...while the ranking of the players is the following:

Varatchaya WONGTEANCHAI (Tha) – # 311 WTA list
Oksana KALASHNIKOVA (Geo) – # 542 WTA list
Tamarine TANASUGARN (Tha) – # 154 WTA list

Every day the WTA website track more and more Donna’s performance :)...

Bravo Donna!

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


06/11/12

The story of tennis, art and culture continues also via SMRIKVE LOUNGE... :)

On 8th of August 2011 we started to create a new legendary place in Smrikve named SMRIKVE LOUNGE…

On the picture below you can see the SMRIKVE LOUNGE render exposed in November 2011 on Istrian Architects Association Exhibition...

It was envisaged as a place where the culture and tennis will find the way to merge…

These days the SMRIKVE LOUNGE is exposed on Istrian Architects Association Exhibition 2012 as completed construction ;)

The word “culture” is most commonly used in three basic senses:

1) Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture…

2) An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning…

3) The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization, or group…

SMRIKVE LOUNGE was envisaged as a place where some of the Smrikva Bowl seeds spread in 57 countries will return :)… to relax, for battery re-charge and to prepare for new challanges…

In the twentieth century, “culture” emerged as a concept central to anthropology, encompassing all human phenomena that are not purely results of human genetics.

Since 1996 Smrikva Bowl main court has hosted talents from all the continents… and SMRIKVE LOUNGE is expected to be the place attracting Smrikva talents and TOP ATP and WTA players… in reality grown Smrikva kids :) and off course La Bottega di Smrikve friends…

It is still a dream… but every month Smrikva kids are getting more and more close to that dream… becoming the Legends of tomorrow…

In the following two weeks the new website will be on line and presented…

If you visit the SMRIKVE LOUNGE website I hope the current sound of the music and larger pictures will give you an idea of the place…

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


05/11/12

Matic Podlipnik, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, with his tennis friends Jan Vehovec and Mark Mesarič, and Andjela Skrobonja, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, completed their holiday workshop at La Bottega di Smrikve and returned home...

La Bottega di Smrikve is a natural development of the story started in 1996 when the Smrikva Bowl tennis talents story began…

Matic Podlipnik, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, with his tennis friends Jan Vehovec and Mark Mesarič were again in Smirkve at La Bottega during the last week…

It is already a tradition for them to visit Smrikve few times a year… and always we build our gathering around particular subject of interest…

This time another talented Smrikva Bowl player Andjela Skrobonja, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, joined them…

... and yesterday they completed their holiday visit at our Bottega di Smrikve and returned home… :)

Half time of their learning stay was spent in this room :)... with Bailey’s footwork...

YODA wise comments… ;)

... and quite a lot of time with Jim Loehr Mental Training ideas and with Alistar Higham explanation of the hidden force in tennis… the Momentum...

... a lot of music, a lot of tennis and a lot of classroom ;)...

... but not only…

... the IGRA game… was always there to relax, have fun and calm down after the training… and here below Andjela and Jan celebrated the victory ;)...

On Saturday afternoon… after long hours dedicated to tennis training… just couple of hours before dinner… we visited Yshai Oliel’s preferred ice-cream shop in Fazana...

... Italian ice-cream… :))... and from Valbandon till Fazana and back we walked, run…

... and smiled :)...

... we did not take only ice-cream but also a piece of cake… a little mistake that almost compromised the dinner… but 3 kilometres walk and run nearby the seaside helped…

... combined with the energy consumed during the day that Smrikva kids ate all the fish and all the creps :)

... best wishes tennis talents till your next time in Smrikve…

... to end this article I am pleased to share the music that was with us most of the time during these days…

... the music was helping to visualise elements… visual dreams… and helping to get the feeling of the hidden forse Momentum as explained by Alistar Higham… ;)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


26/10/12

New sections on Smrikva Bowl website: 1996 – 2011: in SMRIKVA BOWL PHOTO GALLERY

Dear Smrikve friends,

Over the last few weeks I dedicated some time to select, scan and create the historical photo galleries to learn more about Smrikve, that were missing on the Smrikva Bowl website… from 1996 till 2006...

In 1996 there were no digital cameras thus several galleries were missing ;)...

It was 28th of June 1996 when the first Smrikva Cup started… and recently, I noted that a rising former Smrikva Bowl player, Donna Vekic (#108 WTA del 1996)... was born that day… thus if you wish to get an idea of Smrikva Bowl age in terms of human age just „google“ her name… and in the new Photo Galleries you can compare her smile when she was a kid :)...

Over 1250 tennis talents left traces in Smrikve since 1996... from 57 countries and all the continents... and the new photo galleries restore a bit of memories :)... the next year Smrikva will be 18. :)!

Regards,

Mio

P.S. just for those who are planning to visit Smrikve for holidays, the 18th annual, or for „La Bottega“ just drop me an e-mail… and one more thing… very soon the new SMRIKVE LOUNGE website will be put on line… very particular…

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


25/10/12

Iva Nisavic, 17 Smrikva Bowl 2012 player, won her 40th match of the year (in Montenegro) without loosing a set...

Iva Nisavic, 17 Smrikva Bowl 2012 player, from Montenegro, won last week the National Master under 10 and totaled her 40th victory in her country without loosing a set this year, thus confirmed her #1 ranking in the country…

During the last week held National Master in the semifinals she defated Sofija Radjenovic (4:1, 4:1), while in the finals Nadja Mrkic (4:1, 4:1).

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


21/10/12

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl player, born in 1996, 108 WTA ranking, on womenstennisblog.com and HTS (Croatian Tennis Association) monthly magazine cover...

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, reached her best ranking last week #108 on WTA list...

Month ago Donna Vekic by virtue of reaching 2012 Tashkent final, was youngest player to reach a WTA final in six years!

The above result allowed Donna to take the cover of the Croatian Tennis Association monthly magazine for the October 2012 :)


On 18th of October, Marija Zivlak, the editor of the prestigious blog that covers top 20 WTA players, www.womenstennisblog.com, dedicated an article to Donna Vekic, as promissing prospect, that I am pleased to share with Smrikve community…

About Donna Vekic – young tennis prospect from Croatia

Practically since starting Women’s Tennis Blog I’ve been in touch with Miodrag Bozovic from Croatia, organizer of Smrikva Bowl, a tournament for children under 10. While it’s not possible to predict future tennis stars from children at such a young age, as a lot depends on their determination and later circumstances in life, some of Miodrag’s contestants are making a name for themselves in the big tennis world and one of them is Donna Vekic, a 16-year-0ld from Osijek, currently based in London, who reached the 2012 Tashkent Open final in September in her first main draw appearance and is currently ranked No.108 (no girl born in 1996 or 1995 is ranked higher than her, while there’s only one born in 1994).

At the Tashkent Open, Donna came through qualifying in her third try on the WTA Tour and in the main draw she beat three Top 100 players in three days (Magdalena Rybarikova, Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Bojana Jovanovski), all three of whom had won titles in 2012, eventually becoming the youngest player to reach a WTA final since Tamira Paszek six years ago and finishing as the runner-up to Irina-Camelia Begu.

Following the tournament, Vekic rose from No.183 to No.121 on the WTA rankings, while now she’s progressed further, after a $100,000 ITF event in Suzhou where she reached the semifinal in which she lost to top seed and eventual champion Hsieh Su-Wei. Vekic’s success after Tashkent was also manifested in her contract with Nike and her first photoshoot.

The Smrikva Bowl founder remembers Donna as a cheerful and sweet child with radiant smile and a Ledo ice-cream T-shirt, always accompanied by her family, father Igor, mother Brankica and younger brother Bruno. Donna played the Smrikva Bowl three times, in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (the tournament’s eighth, ninth and tenth enditions) and is remembered as one of the youngest Smrikva Bowl entrants.

Donna was born to a sporting family. Before starting playing tennis at the age of six, Donna trained gymnastics for a few years. This summer she stopped playing juniors, after losing the junior quarterfinals in Wimbledon, and shifted her focus on the pros. Donna considers forehand and serve her best shots, but also backhand. Mental strength is also one of her assets.

The young Croat, coached by David Felgate, is the youngest player in the Top 500, and one of only three players in the Top 500 born in 1996. Currently, she’s the second-ranked WTA player from her country, after Petra Martic. Remember this face!


These days TEB BNP Paribas WTA tournament will be played in Istanbul and last night I received a picture from Emre Eren Onal, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, from Turkey, with Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka, currently #1 WTA player.

Victoria Azarenka is 7 years older than Donna Vekic… and currently she is #1 in the World…

I decided to share the above picture in todays article with wish that one day Smrikva kids around the World will be sharing their pictures with Donna too when she starts doing her signing sessions!

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


18/10/12

An autumn day at "La Bottega di Smrikve"... with Max, Chiara, Toni, Ari, Lukas, Chiara, Paolina, Ivan, Leki and Andrey :)

Knowing why the early bird gets the worm… Max is the first to step on the court in the morning… 7:30 AM… this year he started high school thus early in the morning is his training session…

... in some Regions in Germany it is holiday time thus Chiara made us a visit… she was here this summer and this is her second time at Smrikve… :)

Toni... Antonio... 8 years old talent under construction :)... travels from Rovinj almost daily to Smrikve…

... yesterday it was his grandmother turn to pick him up and bring to the training… Rovinj is almost 30 kilometres away from Smrikve… and right after him Ari had her lesson thus Toni warmed up Ari who is 8 years older ;)...

...the afternoon youngster yesterday group was made of Lukas... the white dot you see in the corner is his dog Ziki :)...

...Chiara, Paolina and Ivan...

... also Leki and Andrey are the two young talents under construction… and yesterday they played almost an hour long match :)...

... and before cleaning the courts the must is SHAKING HANDS till the next battle! :)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


15/10/12

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, born in 1996, reached the semifinals of 100.000 USD ITF worth tournament played in China - Suzhou 2012... and reach 108 WTA ranking list position...

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, currently ranked #108 on WTA list...

Yesterday she reached the semifinals of 100.000 USD worth tournament played in China – Suzhou 2012.

Month ago Donna Vekic by virtue of reaching 2012 Tashkent final, was youngest player to reach a WTA final in six years (at age 16 – youngest since Paszek won Portoroz title in September 2006 at age 15).

At the end of 2011 she was ranked #392 WTA and today she is #108 WTA… BY FAR the BEST IN HER AGE GROUP IN THE WORLD ON WTA RANKING LIST...

Her road towards the semifinals of USD 100.000 Suzhou 2012 played in China tournament in details is the following:

1st round: Donna Vekic – Yue Yue HU (Chn) 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Donna Vekic – Michaela HONKOVA (Svk) 3:6,6:4,6:2
Quarterfinals: Donna Vekic – Caroline GARCIA (Fra) 2:6,6:2,6:2
Semifinals: Donna Vekic – Su-Wei HSIEH (Tpe) 6:7, 1:6

...while the ranking of the players played is the following:

Yue Yue HU (Chn) – # 290 WTA list
Michaela HONKOVA (Svk) – # 299 WTA list
Caroline GARCIA (Fra) – # 152 WTA list
Su-Wei HSIEH (Tpe) – # 25 WTA list

Bravo Donna!

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