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26/01/13

Article from AUSTRALIAN OPEN website: KONJUH wins girls' title and No.1 junior ranking

Ana KONJUH played 12th Smrikva Bowl in 2007 and reached the finals at the time. In the following video you can hear few comments she made at the time :)

On the following picture you can see Ariana Rabac, Ana Konjuh and Virginia Pena having the same t-shirt after their victory of the “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl matches.

I am pleased to share the following article written by Leigh Rogers and published on the Australian Open website which explain today’s match and Ana’s potential. Enjoy the article:

Konjuh wins girls’ title and No.1 junior ranking

Saturday, 26 January, 2013
By Leigh Rogers

Croatian Ana Konjuh signalled she is a future star of women’s tennis as she claimed the 2013 Australian Open girls’ singles championship on Saturday.

The No.3 seed defeated No.2 seed Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic 6-3 6-4 in an impressive display of tennis that lasted 64 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

It is Konjuh’s first junior singles grand slam title and adds to the 2013 Australian Open girls’ doubles crown she won with Canadian Carol Zhao on Friday. The victory will also see her rise to world No.1 when the new ITF junior rankings are released on Monday.


Photo by Daniel Munoz

“The feeling is incredible,” Konjuh said.

Konjuh, 15, entered the match on a 17-match winning streak that stretches back to November 2012 and includes two titles. She also had a two-nil head-to-head record against her opponent, beating her twice last season.

Konjuh looked confident from the opening point, playing aggressive tennis to get on the board early. She broke Siniakova’s opening serve to love and quickly raced to a 3-0 lead.

Her powerful game was too much for her 16-year opponent to handle. She was dictating play and showing she had the complete game, using drop shots and lobs to mix up play and keep her opponent guessing.

Siniakova was flustered. Her game is built around her powerful shot-making, but she was not getting the opportunity to take control of the points.

Konjuh served out the opening set with an ace, taking it 6-3 in 26 minutes.

The Croatian had three break points on the Siniakova serve in the third game of the second set, but could not convert as Siniakova reeled off five straight points to take a 2-1 lead.

It was a turning point in the match. With Siniakova’s confidence growing, she then broke Konjuh in the next game and raced to a 4-1 lead.

Konjuh did not panic. She continued to play her game and was able to break back and level the set at 4-all.

The momentum had swung again and this time it was all in Konjuh’s favour.

She broke Siniakova’s serve to give her the opportunity to serve for the championships. There were no signs of nerves from the No.3 seed, as she held serve to love to win her fifth straight game and take the set 6-4.

Konjuh admitted she was a bit nervous but relished the chance to play on centre court in her first visit to Melbourne Park.

“That experience, the crowd, you know, it’s all a big thing,” she said. “I was just trying to focus on my game, you know, not to look at the crowd and other things. I just hope in the future I’m going to come back.”

Konjuh becomes the third player in the past three years to win both the Australian Open girls’ singles and doubles title, following Belgian An-Sophie Mestach in 2011 and American Taylor Townsend in 2012.

Belarusian world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, who is aiming to win a second consecutive Australian Open women’s singles championship tonight, also collected both junior titles in 2005.

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26/01/13

13 Smrikva Bowl players were in the Main Draws of the Junior Australian Open 2013... Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, is the WINNER; Borna CORIC reached semifinals... while Nikola MILOJEVIC and Gianluigi QUINZI reached the quarterfinals

The Junior Australian Open Grand Slam 2013 has 13 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 128: 7 girls and 6 boys (10%).

In the second round there are 7 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 64 (11%).

In the third round there are 5 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 32 (16%).

In the quarterfinals there were 4 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 16: Nikola MILOJEVIC, Borna CORIC, Gianluigi QUINZI and Ana KONJUH (25%).

In the semifinals there were 2 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 8: Borna CORIC and Ana KONJUH (25%).

Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, is the winner of the Junior AUSTRIALIAN OPEN 2013! Ana Konjuh this winter won also both Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr International under 18 age group!


Photo by Daniel Munoz


Detailed results of all the Smrikva Bowl players on this year edition are the following:


GIRLS:

Ana Konjuh (CRO) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up

1st round: Ana Konjuh – Ellen Perez (AUS) 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Ana Konjuh – Mami Adachi (JPN) 7:6, 6:2
3rd round: Ana Konjuh – Alexandra Kiick (USA) 6:0, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh – Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 6:4,6:4
Semifinals: Ana Konjuh – Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 6:2,3:6,6:1
Finals: Ana Konjuh – Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6:3, 6:4


Photo by Daniel Munoz

Ivana Jorovic (CRO) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Ivana Jorovic – Erin Routliffe (CAN) 7:6, 6:3
2nd round: Ivana Jorovic – Adrijana Lekaj (CRO) 6:2, 3:6, 4:6

Olga Fridman (Ukr) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player
1st round: Olga Fridman – Naiktha Bains (AUS) 6:2,2:6, 10:8
2nd round: Olga Fridman -Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 4:6, 3:6

Ilka Csoregi (ROM) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist
1st round: Ilka Csoregi – Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 4:6, 3:6

Giulia Pairone (ITA) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Giulia Pairone – Katy Dunne (GBR) 1:6, 2:6

Camilla Rosatello (ITA) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Camilla Rosatello – Jamie Loeb (USA) 1:6, 2:6

Christina Makarova (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2006
1st round: Christina Makarova – Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 0:6,2:6


BOYS:

Borna Coric (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Borna Coric – Martin Redlicki (USA) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Borna Coric – Marc Polmans (AUS) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Borna Coric – Hyeon Chung (KOR) 7:6, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Matej Maruscak (SVK) 6:3, 6:2
Semifinals:Borna Coric – Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 3:6,2:6

Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
1st round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Bradley Mousley (AUS) 6:4, 6:0
2nd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Young Seok Kim (KOR) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Hugo Di Feo (CAN) 6:1, 6:4
Quarterfinals: G.Quinzi-Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6:7,6:2,6:8

Nikola Milojevic (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation Draw winner
1st round: Nikola Milojevic – Jurence Z. Mendoza (PHI) 6:3,6:1
2nd round: Nikola Milojevic – Oliver Anderson (AUS) 6:2,1:6,8:6
3rd round: Nikola Milojevic – Lucas Miedler (AUT) 6:4, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Nikola Milojevic-Filippo Baldi (ITA) 6:2,3:6,3:6

Franko Miocic (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Franko Miocic – A. Ivanovich Spirin (RUS) 7:5,6:1
2nd round: Franko Miocic – Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6:4, 6:4
3rd round: Franko Miocic – Wayne Montgomery (RSA) 3:6, 1:6

Laslo Djere (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up
1st round: Laslo Djere – Matej Maruscak (SVK) 4:6,7:6,2:6

Luka Ilic (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005
1st round: Luka Ilic – Hugo Di Feo (CAN) 4:6, 2:6

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.


16/01/13

Donna VEKIC, Smrikva Bowl player born in 1996, won her first Main Draw match at AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013... and lost in the second round to Caroline WOZNIACKI former #1 WTA and current #10 WTA

Donna Vekic, 8th, 9th and 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, currently ranked #111 on WTA list is playing her first Senior Grand Slam – AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013…

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 :)...

At the end of 2011 she was ranked #392 WTA and today she is #111 WTA… as I wrote BY FAR the BEST IN HER AGE GROUP IN THE WORLD ON WTA RANKING LIST...

Her first matches at AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013 were the following:

1st round: Donna Vekic – Andrea HLAVACKOVA (Cze) 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: D.Vekic – Caroline WOZNIACKI (Den) 1:6,4:6

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

Andrea HLAVACKOVA (Cze) – # 66 WTA list
Caroline WOZNIACKI (Den) – # 10 WTA list

There were 3 other Smrikva Bowl players on this year Australian Open: Petra Martic (1st round), Javier Marti (3rd qualifications round), Tereza Mrdeza (3rd qualifications round).

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).

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15/01/13

Duje Ajdukovic and Iva Zelic, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner and quarterfinalist, are the winners of the Croatian National Indoors under 12 Championship

This weekend the Croatian National Indoors under 12 Championship was played in Zagreb and Duje Ajdukovic and Iva Zelic crowned themselves the under 14 National Champions.

They both played Smrikva Bowl… and I recognized many other Smrikva Bowl players in the Draws…

Let’s see their road towards the victory:

BOYS:

Duje Ajdukovic – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Duje Ajdukovic – bye
2nd round: Duje Ajdukovic – Dorijan BIONDIĆ 6:2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Duje Ajdukovic – Mile MATIĆ 6:1, 6:3
Semifinals: Duje Ajdukovic – Borna DEVALD 6:1, 6:1
Finals: Duje Ajdukovic – Stipan MADŽAR 6:4, 6:1

Other Smrikva Bowl names I recognized in the boys Draw: Stipan Madzar (finals), Borna Devald (semifinals), Ivan Brajko (semifinals), Grgo Dujmovic (quarterfinals), Dorijan Biondic (2nd round), Matija Volarevic (2nd round), Barun Bozo (2nd round), Roko Horvat (2nd round), Adrian Huncak (1st round), Leon Jukic (1st round), Marko Ehman (1st round), Lovro Suevich (1st round).

GIRLS:

Iva Zelic – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist
1st round: Iva Zelic – Ema ŠILJIĆ 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Iva Zelic – Monika DEDAJ 6:2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Iva Zelic – Laura MAŠIĆ 3:6, 6:1, 6:0
Semifinals: Iva Zelic – Renata CIPETIĆ 6:1, 6:0
Finals: Iva Zelic – Ana-Marija MEDIĆ 6:2, 3:6, 6:1

Other Smrikva Bowl names I recognized in the girls Draw: Renata Cipetic (semifinals), Borna Mahac (quarterfinals), Noa Krznaric (quarterfinals), Katarina Duic Plumtree (quarterfinals), Monika Dedaj (2nd round), Petra Vracevic (2nd round), Ema Siljic (1st round), Lora Kralj (1st round), Melanie Pajas (1st round), Kornelija Huncak (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.


08/01/13

Ana Biskic and Roko Savin, both 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 players, are the winners of the Croatian National Indoors under 14 Championship

This weekend the Croatian National Indoors under 14 Championship was played in Zagreb and Ana Biskic and Roko Savin crowned themselves the under 14 National Champions.

They both played Smrikva Bowl… and I recognized many other Smrikva Bowl players in the Draws.

Let’s see their road towards the victory:

GIRLS:

Ana Biskic – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 player
1st round: Ana Biskic – Dorotea HANŽEK 6:3, 6:2
2nd round: Ana Biskic – Martina BOKULIĆ 7:6, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Ana Biskic – Karla KILIĆ 6:3, 6:0
Semifinals: Ana Biskic – Petra PUPIĆ 7:5, 6:2
Finals: Ana Biskic – Petra ROBIĆ 6:2, 6:3

Other Smrikva Bowl names I recognized in the girls Draw: Petra Pupic (semifinals), Neli Sunjic (quarterfinals), Karla Kilic (quarterfinals), Andja Klaudia Karanusic (quarterfinals), Katarina Duic Plumtree (2nd round), Martina Bokulic (2nd round), Borna Mahac (1st round), Dea Lako (1st round), Iva Zelic (1st round), Lea Jurkovic (1st round).

BOYS:

Roko Savin – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 player
1st round: Roko Savin – Frane NINČEVIĆ 6:3, 6:7, 6:0
2nd round: Roko Savin – Tin BAKOVIĆ 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Roko Savin – Luka ŠOŠKIĆ 6:2, 6:4
Semifinals: Roko Savin – Karlo SUEVICH 5:7, 6:4, 6:1
Finals: Roko Savin – Karlo DIVKOVIĆ 6:4, 6:4

Other Smrikva Bowl names I recognized in the boys Draw: Karlo Divkovic (finals), Karlo Suevich (semifinals), Duje Ajdukovic (quarterfinals), Renzo Paro (quarterfinals), Stipan Madzar (2nd round), Vito Tonejc (2nd round), Marko Boltuzic (2nd round), Borna Seatovic (2nd round), Frane Nincevic (1st round), Grgo Dujmovic (1st round), Andrej Omeragic (1st round), Karlo Kranic (1st round), Ivan Brajko (1st round), Borna Devald (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.


07/01/13

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update January 2013)

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 7th of January 2013 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)

• 8 boys and 14 girls… in total 22 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

#1 Nikola MILOJEVIC (TOP 5)

#2 Gianluigi QUINZI (TOP 5)

#4 Laslo DJERE (TOP 5)

#13 Borna CORIC

#21 Franko MIOCIC

#33 Matteo DONATI

#77 Luka ILIC

#78 Andre BIRO

GIRLS:

#3 Ana KONJUH (TOP 5)

#4 Belinda BENCIC (TOP 5)

#17 Christina MAKAROVA

#26 Ilka CSOREGI

#35 Camilla ROSATELLO

#47 Eleanor DEAN

#55 Irina Maria BARA

#66 Giulia PAIRONE

#67 Ivana JOROVIC

#73 Nina STOJANOVIC

#85 Dea HERDZELAS

#87 Bianka BEKEFI

#92 Jazzi PLEWS

#99 Jana FETT

3 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Ana KONJUH #1, Belinda BENCIC #5, Olga FRIDMAN #6)

3 boys and 2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Miomir KECMANOVIC #1, Samuele RAMAZZOTTI #2, Alexei POPYRIN #9; Andreea Amalia ROSCA #1, Alessia WELTI #8)

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 #219 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 #597 on ATP ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #383 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #61 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 #532 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 #186 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 #838 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 #495 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 #309 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 #852 on ATP ranking list. Junior US OPEN 2011 semifinalist.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1789 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 #565 on WTA list.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #495 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 #784 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #832 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1684 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #920 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 #861 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 #33 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1031 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked 919 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #2 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #562 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #1 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #13 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1307 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #77 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #1448 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #21 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #920 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 #454 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #55on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #930 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 #523 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #35 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #99 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 #2 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 #77 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #47 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #25 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #84 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #66 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #70 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 #16 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #898 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #389 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 #142 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #99 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #569 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #121 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #258 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #879 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and 881 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #102 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #67 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100) and 762 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is ranked #92 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)
Bianka BEKEFI , 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #87 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #537 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #258 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #470 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 #388 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #858 in Europe in under 16 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #304 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #464 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #90 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #314 on ITF ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #21 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #627 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #14 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #564 on ITF ranking list.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #986 on under 16 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #6 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #120 on ITF ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #33 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #285 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #22 in Europe in under 16 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #397 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #53 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #882 on ITF ranking list.

“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 #208 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 #68 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #2 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #50 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #166 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #1 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #9 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA u14).

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #31 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #46 in under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #20 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #82 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 #170 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #50 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #14 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #220 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #46 in under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #219 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #93 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #144 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.


07/01/13

Smrikva Bowl players on 29th Lemon Bowl 2013 edition: Matilde Paoletti (winner u-10), Michele Vianello (winner u-12)

Lemon Bowl is a traditional international tournament played in Rome (Italy) since 1985. It was played in several age groups starting from under 8 till under 16 years of age.

There are few Smrikva Bowl players that made extraordinary results on this year edition:

Matilde Paoletti – winner under 10

Michele Vianello – winner under 12
Lorenzo Mussetti – semifinals under 12

For detailed results of the Smrikva Bowl players on the 29th Lemon Bowl 2013 edition visit the following:


UNDER 10:

GIRLS UNDER 10

Matilde Paoletti (Mt) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 quarterfinalist
1st round: Matilde Paoletti – CARLOTTA MENCAGLIA 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Matilde Paoletti – EMMA VALLETTA 6:1, 6:0
Semifinals: Matilde Paoletti – CHIARA ALESIANI 6:2, 6:2
Finals: Matilde Paoletti – ASIA SERAFINI 6:2, 6:0


UNDER 12:

BOYS UNDER 12

Michele Vianello (Ita) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player
1st round: Michele Vianello – GIACOMO MAGNANI 7:6, 7:6
2nd round: Michele Vianello – ALESSANDRO PECCI 6:2, 7:5
Quarterfinals: Michele Vianello – JOELE SANSUINI 6:3, 6:2
Semifinals: Michele Vianello – MUSETTI LORENZO 6:0, 7:6
Finals: Michele Vianello – ANDREA FIORENTINI 7:5, 6:2

Lorenzo Mussetti (Ita) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 quarterfinalist
1st round: Lorenzo Mussetti – MATTEO MASALA 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Lorenzo Mussetti – NICOLO’ PES 6:4, 5:7, 7:5
Quarterfinals: Lorenzo Mussetti – GIUSEPPE DE CAMELIS 6:3,6:3
Semifinals: Lorenzo Mussetti – VIANELLO MICHELE 0:6,6:7

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05/01/13

Nikola Milojevic and Belinda Bencic take titles in Mexico while Gianluigi Quinzi become #1 on ITF ranking list being only 16 years old

Within the New Year Gianluigi Quinzi become #1 on ITF ranking list being still only 16 years old… There are 5 Smrikva Bowl players on the current TOP 5 ITF ranking list... and 22 players in the TOP 100 ITF…

Boys ITF – TOP 5:
1. Gianluigi Quinzi -11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
3. Nikola Milojevic -10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation winner
4. Laslo Djere -10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up

Girls ITF – TOP 5:
3. Ana Konjuh – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up
4. Belinda Bencic – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player

A week ago an important GRADE A ITF Tournament was played in Mexico where two Smrikva Bowl kids get the titles: Nikola Milojevic and Belinda Bencic… I am pleased to share the article published on ITF website:

BENCIC AND MILOJEVIC TAKES TITLES IN MEXICO

The Abierto Juvenil Mexicano opened another chapter in its history on Saturday when it crowned two new singles champions. It also marked a moment of personal history for both girls’ winner Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and boys’ conqueror Nikola Milojevic of Serbia, who each picked up debut Grade A titles.

Milojevic, who arrived in Mexico City on 17 December to gain extra practice ahead of the event, put all that preparation to good use through the week. He capped off a string of dominant performances on the clay-courts of the Club Deportivo Chapultepec in Mexico City with a 60 63 win over Naoki Nakagawa of Japan.

“I feel fortunate to participate in this wonderful tournament, because since last year my dream has been to win here,” said 17-year-old Milojevic, who is from Belgrade. “For me it is a pleasure to play in Mexico, I liked the warmth of the people, I liked the tennis, the organisation. I take great memories of Mexico, thanks to this tournament.”

Milojevic’s win should give his confidence a big boost ahead of the first junior Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, which begins on 19 January on the Plexicushion courts of Melbourne Park. Milojevic will join other leading lights of the ITF Junior Circuit in the draw there, including Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy, home favourite Nick Kyrgios, Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal and his countryman Laslo Djere.

Fifteen-year-old Bencic was the outstanding player of the week in the girls event in Mexico and her run to the trophy included two 60 60 ‘double bagel’ wins, but she did not have things all her own way during a battling 64 62 final victory over Ching-Wen Hsu of Chinese Taipei.

“I’m happy to be crowned in the Mexican Junior Open at 15 years old, because coming here my goal was always to win the title,” said Bencic, who comes from Flawil, Switzerland. “It wasn’t easy in the final, playing against Hsu, it was very hard, but at the end I came out with the win. Every opponent is tough, especially if I have not fully accustomed to the altitude, I had to watch my game and concentrate hard.”

Bencic received plenty of applause in the main stadium court when she lifted the trophy and was also given a traditional Mexican ‘charro’ hat as a memento. She spoke warmly of her time in the Mexican capital. “I really enjoyed the city, the weather is very warm, the organisation was absolutely amazing and the club is very nice, the courts are excellent,” said Bencic. “All week I played really well.”

Her first Grade A singles title at Junior level came after a successful year for Bencic, who also won back-to-back women’s $10,000 ITF Pro Circuit titles in Egypt in September and made her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas debut for Switzerland in 2012. She told reporters in Mexico City that she planned to return to her training base in Florida ahead of heading Down Under to join some of the biggest names in ITF Junior Tennis at the Australian Open.

“I’m planning to train and prepare hard for my next few tournaments,” said Bencic. “I’m going step by step in my tennis career and trying not to put too much pressure on myself. “I need to keep winning and be consistent. I need to stay concentrated on my goals.”

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04/01/13

INSPIRING... SMRIKVA...B...O...W...L... ;)

Just few days ago a friend of mine called me for the New Year… and also to tell me that he was really impressed with Andre Agassi’s book OPEN… he wished to share some thoughts with me on the phone… and also decided to write a short letter to Andre about Smrikva… :)...

I enjoyed that book too… and I am pleased to share with Smrikve community the article I wrote at the time… and I do hope the kids who lived their Smrikva may like it…

This year SMRIKVA BOWL will be 18th... and in Europe when you turn 18th is the time when you get voting rights… thus you start having also bigger responsabilities in the society…

A week ago I read an article of IVA MAJOLI, Croatian Fed Cup team leader, and the similar opinnion was shared by GORAN IVANISEVIC, where she announced the future Croatian team envisaging an important future for them…

The announced team members are:

Petra MARTIC – 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner (born in 1991)
Donna VEKIC – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player (born in 1996)
Tereza MRDEZA – 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner (born in 1990)
Ana KONJUH – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 finalist (born in 1997)

... :)... enjoy the article…


Smrikve, January 2010

INSPIRING… SMRIKVA…

... an inspiring tennis festival… When I think of Smrikva Bowl I try to imagine it as a theatre where every year we work hard to set a stage where the world’s talents can gather… Every year we gather all these different actors, great talents, very special kids, arriving from different cultures, having different dreams,...

We set the stage and later on they are in charge with their will, dreams and hard work… they are the ones who write the most different stories…

Smrikva Bowl is still very young tournament but I would like to think that some of these kids will write nice and inspiring stories in most different professional fields.

I also know that according to the statistics only few of the kids participating Smrikva Bowl will make it to become top professional tennis players, but I like to think that they will make it in other professional fields they choose in their lives.

I was recently reading Andre Agassi’s book and throught the whole book he was repeating to friends and people meeting during his life that he doesn’t like tennis thus it seems to me that he never had the option to choose, but in end he ended up being the Champion and according to Luke Jensen a person with big heart and very good friend.

I will never know how many kids playing Smrikva Bowl are playing it because their parents would like them to become professional tennis players and how mutch of them play it because they enjoy the game.

What I do know is that any kind of sport can help kids in their growth and I also know that people that do excel in any field require total dedication and a lot of sacrifice to reach the excellence.

When I think of Andre’s words of not loving what he was doing for most of the time of his life I start thinking of other 90% of people around the World that make for living doing jobs they do not like, but “La vita e’ bella” Roberto Benigni would say and tennis helped Andre to grow up.

There is one part in the book that I liked a lot… it is about inspiration, faith and what does it mean to be a good coach... to have the right word in the right moment… this part is related with Gil… and is about people that do beleive in other people and help them to write their life stories and to write their own one…

Here are Gil’s words reported by Andre in his book when he accepted to caoch him:

“I’m not one of those people who expresses or articulates feelings very well, but from now on, just know this: It’s on, man. It is on.

You know what I’m saying? We’are in a fight, and you can count on me until the last man is standing. Somewhere up there is a star with your name on it. I might not be able to help you find it, but I’ve got pretty strong shoulders, and you can stand on my shoulders while you’re looking for that star. You hear? For as long as you want. Stand on my shoulders and reach, man. Reach.”

In every life there are people that influence what we do and how we do it.

The Smrikva Bowl festival would like to inspire its players and Ambassadors to beleive in their dreams and work hard to reach them.

Sport and music are in general good educators and the vision of sport prefered in Smrikve is the one Nelson Mandela once said:

“Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire and the power to unite people in a way little else can – it is an instrument of peace.”

Miodrag Bozovic

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27/12/12

Smrikva Bowl players: Ksenija Tmusic (winner), Andjela Skrobonja (runner up), Mihailo Popovic (winner) and Dusan Obradovic (runner up) reached the finals on the under 12 Serbian Indoors National Championship 2012

The under 12 Serbian Indoors National Championship 2012 is played in Belgrade this week and in both finals boys and girls are former Smrikva Bowl players.

Ksenija Tmusic, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, defeated Andjela Skrobonja, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, in the girls finals… while Mihailo Popovic, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, defeated Dusan Obradovic, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, in the boys finals…

In the Girls Main Draw there were 8 Smrikva Bowl players in the first round out of the 32 players in total (25%)...

....while in the Boys Main Draw there were 11 Smrikva Bowl players in the first round out of the 32 players in total (34%)...

Detailed results obtained by four finalists are the following:


GIRLS UNDER 12

Ksenija Tmusic (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up
1st round: Ksenija Tmusic – Andrijana Brkic 6:3, 6:0
2nd round: Ksenija Tmusic – Tatjana Vasiljevic 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Ksenija Tmusic – Katarina Trickovic 6:2, 6:2
Semifinals: Ksenija Tmusic – Jovana Babic 6:4, 4:6, 6:0
Finals: Ksenija Tmusic – Andjela Skrobonja 6:2, 6:1

Andjela Skrobonja (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Andjela Skrobonja – Iva Pantovic 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Andjela Skrobonja – Nevena Nesovic 6:4, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Andjela Skrobonja – Emilija Kojcic 6:3, 6:2
Semifinals: Andjela Skrobonja – Aleksandra Stankovic 6:0, 6:1
Finals: Andjela Skrobonja – Ksenija Tmusic 2:6, 1:6

Other Smrikva Bowl players I recognized in the girls Main Draw reached the following results: Katarina Trickovic (quarterfinals), Emilija Kojcic (quarterfinals), Andjela Vidovic (2nd round), Jovana Trickovic (1st round), Teodora Vujicic (1st round), Senka Deletic (1st round),

BOYS UNDER 12

Mihailo Popovic (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up
1st round: Mihailo Popovic – Nemanja Medic 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Mihailo Popovic – Jovan Cirkovic 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Mihailo Popovic – Uros Arsic 6:1, 6:2
Semifinals: Mihailo Popovic – Kristian Juhas 6:1, 6:3
Finals: Mihailo Popovic – Dusan Obradovic 6:2, 6:4

Dusan Obradovic (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Dusan Obradovic – Miro Rakocevic 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: Dusan Obradovic – Marko Parezanovic 6:1, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Dusan Obradovic – Uros Jovic 6:1, 6:0
Semifinals: Dusan Obradovic – Nemanja Subanovic 6:2, 6:4
Finals: Dusan Obradovic – Mihailo Popovic 2:6, 4:6

Other Smrikva Bowl players I recognized in the boys Main Draw reached the following results: Nemanja Subanovic (semifinals), Goran Zivotic (quarterfinals), Uros Jovic (quarterfinals), Matija Zugic (2nd round), Aleksa Mardjonovic (1st round), Nikola Jevtic (1st round), Andrija Jevtic (1st round), Lav Dasic (1st round), Viktor Jovic (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.


24/12/12

Best Wishes... Sve najljepše... Auguri :)...

Best wishes to all Smrikve friends and SMRIKVA kids with their families that do write the day after day the story of the Legends of tomorrow and the Champions of today! :)

Tennis is played in Smrikve for only three decades… but since 1996, one of the most prestigious under 10 tennis gatherings – Smrikva Bowl – has been attracting ” seeds of the Champions and Legends of tomorrow”...

There are a lot of people who call you by your name, but there are some who make it to the top and get titled “the Legend”… they inspire people by example… and many Smrikva kids inspire by example day after day…

Far away… in the Sunshine there might be hidden Smrikva Bowl kids’ and also our highest aspirations… many of us may never reach them, but we can all believe in dreams… and try to follow where they lead… enjoying the trip… and never forgetting that for someone we are the Sunshine simply the way we are…

Best wishes,

Sve najljepše u nadolazećim blagdanima svim prijateljima Smrikve i djeci SMRIKVE s njihovim obiteljima koji iz dana u dan pišu priče sutrašnjih Legendi i Šampiona današnjice! :)

Tenis se igra u Smrikvama tek tri desetljeća… ali od 1996.godine, u Smrikvama se kroz Smrikva Bowl – jedan od najprestižnijih teniskih turnira u svijetu do 10 godina – okuplja “sjeme legendi budućnosti”...

Postoji puno ljudi koji nas nazivaju po imenu, ali ima nekih koji odu do samog vrha i postaju “Legende” ... nadahnjuju nas primjerom… a mnoga djeca Smrikve nadahnjuju svojim primjerom dan za danom…

Daleko… u svjetlosnim zrakama sunca se skrivaju najviše aspiracije djece Smrikve, a i nas samih… mnogi od nas ih možda nikada neće dostići, ali svi možemo gledati gore, vjerovati u nadu… i pokušati slijediti gdje nas vode… uživajući u putovanjima spoznaje… i svakako pamtiti da smo za nekoga baš mi ta svjetlosna zraka, jednostavno onakvi kakvi jesmo…

Sve naljepše,

Auguri agli amici di Smrikve ed i ragazzi SMRIKVA che insieme alle loro famiglie scrivono giorno dopo giorno questa storia delle Legende del domani e dei Campioni di oggi! :)

Tennis si gioca in Smrikve per soli tre decenni… pero dal 1996, tramite Smrikva Bowl – uno dei piu’ prestigiosi tornei under 10 – a Smrikve si radunano ogni anno „i semi delle legende del domani“....

Ci sono molte persone che ci chiamano per nome, ma ci sono alcune che arrivano in cima e vengono chiamate “Legende“... coloro ci ispirano con l’esempio… e molti ragazzi dello Smrikva ispirano con il loro esempio il giorno dopo giorno…

Molto lontano… nei raggi della luce del sole potrebbero essere nascoste le aspirazioni piu’ alte di molti bambini dello Smrikva, e di noi stessi… molti di noi potrebbero mai raggiungerle, pero tutti possiamo guardare in alto, credere in nostri sogni… e tentare di seguirli… gustandoci il viaggio… e non dimenticandoci che per qualcuno siamo noi stessi questa luce semplicemente cosi’ come siamo…

Auguri,

Mimi de “La Bottega” di Smrikve

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15/12/12

Top Smrikva Bowl players on 51st Junior Orange Bowl 2012: Yshai OLIEL - U12 winner, Maia LUMSDEN - U14 winner; Gabriella TAYLOR finals U14; reached quarterfinals: Mischa Lanz, Jovana Vukovic, Lucie Kankova and Nikolina Jovic

I was pleased to recognize a lot of Smrikva Bowl players names on Eddie Herr International, NIKE Junior MASTER, “Little Mo” International, and I am also pleased to recognize Smrikva Bowl players names on this year 51st Junior Orange Bowl 2012 – International Tennis Championship.

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, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, Chris Evert, Jim Courier, Mary Jo Fernandez…

...and I am pleased to recall that two years ago George Morgan, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, won the under 18 age group, last year Dominic Thiem, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, won the under 18 age group… and this year Ana Konjuh, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, and Laslo Djere, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, won the under 18 age group…

In the first round there were 44 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 512 in 4 Draws (8,6%)...

In the 2nd round there were 8 in the Boys under 12 age group… 4 in the Boys under 14 age group… 5 in the Girls under 12 age group… and 8 in the Girls under 14 age group… in total 25 out of 256 (9,8%)...

In the 3rd round there were 6 in the Boys under 12 age group… 1 in the Boys under 14 age group… 5 in the Girls under 12 age group… and 7 in the Girls under 14 age group… in total 19 out of 128 (14,8%)...

In the 4th round there were 2 in the Boys under 12 age group… 5 in the Girls under 12 age group… and 5 in the Girls under 14 age group… in total 12 out of 64 (18,8%)...

In the Quarterfinals there were 2 in the Boys under 12 age group… 2 in the Girls under 12 age group… and 3 in the Girls under 14 age group… in total 7 out of 32 (21,9%)...

In the Semifinals there were 1 in the Boys under 12 age group and 2 girls in the under 14 age group… in total 3 out of 16 (18,8%)...

In the Finals there were 1 in the Boys under 12 age group and 2 girls in the under 14 age group… in total 3 out of 8 (37,5%)...

The winners:

Yshai OLIEL, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2000 semifinalist, under 12

Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, under 14
... in total 2 out of 4 (50%)


Boys:

BOYS UNDER 12

Yshai Oliel (Isr) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Yshai Oliel – Juan P. Egas (Hnd) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Yshai Oliel – Danny Wu (Can) 6:0, 6:1
3rd round: Yshai Oliel – Anthony Popyrin (Aus) 6:1, 6:0
4th round: Yshai Oliel – Brian Shi (Usa) 6:2, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Yshai Oliel – Jenson Brooksby (Usa) 6:2, 6:1
Semifinals: Yshai Oliel – Nicolas Mejia (Col) 5:4, 6:7, 6:1
Finals: Yshai Oliel – Patrick Sydow (Abw) 6:3, 6:1

Mischa Lanz (Sui) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Mischa Lanz – Juan Sanchez (Col) 6:2, 6:3
2nd round: Mischa Lanz – Sangeet N. Sridhar (Usa) 6:2, 6:2
3rd round: Mischa Lanz – P. Henrique Cordeiro (Bra) 6:3,3:6,7:5
4th round: Mischa Lanz – Yeongseok Jeong (Kor) 6:1, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Mischa Lanz – Patrick Sydow (Abw) 3:6, 4:6

Karol Paluch (Pol) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Karol Paluch – Afonso Viana (Prt) 6:1, 7:6
2nd round: Karol Paluch – Ricardo F.Paredes (Mex) 7:6, 6:2
3rd round: Karol Paluch – Roscoe Bellamy (Usa) 3:6, 2:6

Mark Keki (Hun) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Mark Keki – Manuel De Mendiola (Cri) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Mark Keki – Magnus Johnson (Usa) 3:6, 7:6, 6:2
3rd round: Mark Keki – Rudolf Molleker (Deu) 0:6, 2:6

Karlo Suevich (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Karlo Suevich – Steven W. Sun (Usa) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Karlo Suevich – Chenhe Li (Chn) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Karlo Suevich – Andrew Fenty (Usa) 6:7, 6:7

Anthony Popyrin (AUS) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Anthony Popyrin – Diego C. Cosico (Mex) 7:5, 6:3
2nd round: Anthony Popyrin – Daniil Glinka (Est) 6:1, 6:2
3rd round: Anthony Popyrin – Yshai Oliel (Isr) 1:6, 0:6

Vinicius F. Nogueira – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Vinicius Nogueira – Sebastian Gima (Rou) 6:0, 6:2
2nd round: Vinicius Nogueira – Rudolf Molleker (Deu) 3:6, 4:6

Tomas Machac (CZE) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Tomas Machac – Sebastian Jofre (Bol) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Tomas Machac – Nicolas Mejia (Can) 4:6, 5:7

Sebastian Gima (Rou) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 finalist
1st round: Sebastian Gima – Vinicius Nogueira (Bra) 0:6, 2:6

Alejandro Serrano Osoba (Esp) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 semifinalist
1st round: Alejandro Serrano Osoba – M.Johnson (Usa) 6:7,4:6

Lancelot Carnello (Swe) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player
1st round: Lancelot Carnello – William P. LL Grant (Usa) 1:6,2:6

Matic Podlipnik (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Matic Podlipnik – Sebastian Grundtvig (Dnk) 3:6, 6:7

Bodin Zarkovic (Srb) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Bodin Zarkovic – Patrick Sydow (Abw) 3:6, 1:6

Borna Seatovic (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: B.Seatovic – Ricardo F.Paredes (Mex) 6:3,1:6,3:6


BOYS UNDER 14

Dylan M Bednarczyk (CAN) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Dylan Bednarczyk – Aaron Ross (Fsm) 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Dylan Bednarczyk – Kristjan Tamm (Est) 6:4, 6:4
3rd round: Dylan Bednarczyk – Marko Osmakcic (Sui) 4:6, 1:6

Gregor Kokalj (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 semifinalist
1st round: Gregor Kokalj – Niels J. Van Dam (Usa) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Gregor Kokalj – Liam J. Caruana (Deu) 2:6,1:5 ret.

Alexei Popyrin (Aus) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Alexei Popyrin – Kevin Hernandez (Gtm) 6:4, 6:0
2nd round: Alexei Popyrin – Matthew Gamble (Usa) 3:6, 1:6

Gianmarco Moroni (Ita) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Gianmarco Moroni – Vladyslav Kyrysyuk (Ukr) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Gianmarco Moroni – Ulises Blanch (Usa) 6:1,4:6,6:7

Karlo Boljat (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Karlo Boljat- Dennis Q Afanasev (Usa) 3:6, 0:6

Noah Schachter (Cro) – 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Noah Schachter – Benjamin M. Sigouin (Can) 2:6,0:6

Justin Lee (Cro) – 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Justin Lee – Basil L. Khuma (Ind) 2:6, 3:6


Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 12

Jovana Vukovic (Srb) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner
1st round: Jovana Vukovic – Charmaine Seah (Spg) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Jovana Vukovic – Kamilla Kokeladze (Rus) 7:5, 6:4
3rd round: Jovana Vukovic – Vanessa Langes (Deu) 6:3, 6:2
4th round: Jovana Vukovic – Rachel Lim (Usa) 6:2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Jovana Vukovic – A.Desiatnikov (Usa) 5:7,1:6

Lucie Kankova (Cze) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Lucie Kankova – Eleonora Arzuaga (Arg) 6:3, 6:3
2nd round: Lucie Kankova – Nicole Hammond (Usa) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Lucie Kankova – Margo Landmann (Zaf) 6:3, 6:1
4th round: Lucie Kankova – Mihaela Marculescu (Rou) 4:6,6:1,6:1
Quarterfinals: Lucie Kankova – Nada Dimovska (Usa) 2:6,3:6

Neli Sunjic (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Neli Sunjic – Mariela Martinez (Mex) 6:0, 6:2
2nd round: Neli Sunjic – Ana Makatsaria (Geo) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Neli Sunjic – Viktoria Morvayova (Svk) 7:5,4:6,6:0
4th round: Neli Sunjic – Anastasia Potapova (Rus) 6:7, 3:6

Mihaela Marculescu (ROM) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Mihaela Marculescu – A. Gonzalez (Usa) 6:2,6:0
2nd round: Mihaela Marculescu – Melissa Plambeck (Usa) 6:3, 6:4
3rd round: Mihaela Marculescu – A.Ternovskaya (Rus) 6:1, 6:2
4th round: Mihaela Marculescu – Lucie Kankova (Cze) 6:4,1:6,1:6

Irina Cantos Siemers (Bel) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: I.Cantos Siemers – Laetitia Pulchartova (Cze) 6:0, 6:4
2nd round: I.Cantos Siemers – Z. Kulambayeva (Kaz) 6:3,6:2
3rd round: I.Cantos Siemers – Angel M. Carney (Usa) 6:0, 7:5
4th round: I.C. Siemers – Abigail Desiatnikov (Usa) 1:6,0:3 ret.

Olga Danilovic (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Olga Danilovic – Marcella L. Cruz (Usa) 3:6, 3:6

Himari Sato (Jpn) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner
1st round: Himari Sato – Yekaterina Alferova (Sgp) 3:6, 4:6

Kristina Novak (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Kristina Novak – Maria Carle (Arg) 6:1,2:6,0:6

Kristyna Lavickova (Cze) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Kristyna Lavickova – Varvara Gracheva (Rus) 0:6,0:6

Lian Benedejcic (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Lian Benedejcic – Taylor Johnson (Usa) 5:7, 3:6

Zoe Kruger (Rsa) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist
1st round: Zoe Kruger – Anastasia Ternovskaya (Rus) 1:6, 2:6

Adela Joldic (BiH) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Adela Joldic – Anastasia Potapova (Rus) 1:6, 0:6


GIRLS UNDER 14

Maia Lumsden (Gbr) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up
1st round: Maia Lumsden – Maria Turrillo (Ven) 6:4, 6:0
2nd round: Maia Lumsden – Leyla Azaeva (Rus) 6:1, 7:6
3rd round: Maia Lumsden – Rafaella Baquerizo (Ecu) 7:6, 6:2
4th round: Maia Lumsden – Zhanlan Wei (Chn) 6:0, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Maia Lumsden – Nikolina Jovic (Srb) 6:1, 6:1
Semifinals: Maia Lumsden – Theo Gravouil (Fra) 6:1, 7:6
Finals: Maia Lumsden – Gabriella Taylor (Gbr) 6:3, 7:5

Gabriella Taylor (Gbr) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Gabriella Taylor – Naho Suzuki (Jpn) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Gabriella Taylor – Ryan Peus (Usa) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Gabriella Taylor – Siqi Cao (Chn) 7:5, 6:2
4th round: Gabriella Taylor – Claire Liu (Usa) 6:1, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Gabriella Taylor – Dalma Galfi (Hun) 6:3,6:1
Semifinals: Gabriella Taylor – Fanni Stollar (Hun) 6:2, 6:0
Finals: Gabriella Taylor – Maia Lumsden (Gbr) 3:6, 5:7

Nikolina Jovic (Srb) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Nikolina Jovic – Melanie Dveksler Celin (Arg) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Nikolina Jovic – Ingrid Neel (Usa) 4:6, 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Nikolina Jovic – Nicole Frenkel (Usa) 6:3, 6:4
4th round: Nikolina Jovic – Anzhelika Shapovalova (Rus) 7:5, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Nikolina Jovic – Maia Lumsden (Gbr) 1.6, 1:6

Claire Liu (Usa) – 9th”Little MO”/Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Claire Liu – Arianna Beltrame (Usa) 6:4, 6:1
2nd round: Claire Liu – Luxizi Meng (Chn) 6:1, 6:2
3rd round: Claire Liu – Usue M. Arconada (Usa) 0:6, 6:3, 6:3
4th round: Claire Liu – Gabriella Taylor (Gbr) 1:6, 3:6

Jazzi Plews (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Jazzi Plews – Andrea Chavarria (Cri) 6:1, 6:1
2nd round: Jazzi Plews – May Kimhi (Isr) 6:4, 6:0
3rd round: Jazzi Plews – Theo Gravouil (Fra) 0:6, 3:6

Petra Granic (Cro) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Petra Granic – Helen A. Altick (Usa) 6:2, 7:6
2nd round: Petra Granic – Julia Payola (Esp) 6:3, 6:0
3rd round: Petra Granic – Jaeda Daniel (Usa) 5:7, 0:6

Ingrid Neel (Usa) – 7th “Little Mo/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Ingrid Neel – Adeliya Zabirova 6:1, 6:4
2nd round: Ingrid Neel – Nikolina Jovic (Srb) 6:4, 3:6, 1:6

Tatiana Pieri Ita – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Tatiana Pieri – M’balia Bangoura (Usa) 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Tatiana Pieri – Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) 6:4,5:7,4:6

Katie Swan (Gbr) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner
1st round: Katie Swan – Yana Kochneva (Rus) 6:2, 2:4 ret.

Michaela Gordon (USA) – 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Michaela Gordon – Dalma Galfi (Hun) 3:6, 0:6

Anastasia Mikheeva (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Anastasia Mikheeva – Camila V.Gomez (Per) 5:7,4:6

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.


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.

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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

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.


26/11/12

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.

Cosmopolite book
Linked in Istria from Smrikve