Eva played the last ITF this summer in Domžale. In the 1st round she passed Croatian player Joha-Bilić by 6:2, 6:2 a day later Eva showed a technically good tennis against the 9. seeded German player Helen Sommer, winning the game in a two straight sets (6:1, 6:3). The 3rd round she was expected to overpass the Brit Gibson, but something obviously was not ok that day (5:7, 5:7).
Eva got covid-19 and skipped another two planned ITFs, also the next J30 in Domžale.
At ITF J60 Kranj Eva beat Iva Jankovic SRB (6:2, 6:7, 6:3); She lost the TB after some interference from the audience but the won the 3rd set problem-less. The next day she played 3rd seed Manca Serena (GB) in a high level match with a lot of twists and turns (5:7, 7:5, 7:6). She dropped the second set ball for 6:4 and then won the third set after 4 hours despite being 2:5 behind. Despite the very late hour, the evening doubles match was played, where she and Russia’s Shitikova also won the match. There was no more energy left for the next day’s matches, as she could hardly stand on her feet (op. the referee did not want to postpone the match to a later hour). Exhausted to the end, she could not help the Russian and they also lost the QF in the doubles.
She had a very tough draw at ITF J60 Maribor: she beat the best Italian U14 player in the 1st round, Alice Iozzi (6:1, 1:6, 6:4), a Piatti Centre player, then Natalie Mala of Czechia in in a very good match 6:4, 6:2, and then lost the 3rd round to Maia Ilinca Burcescu of Romania (one of the best U14 players in Tennis Europe). Despite her top game, she ran out of luck, as she didn’t take advantage of the set lead and the result was reversed in the key moments (3:6, 4:6). Her opponent showed incredible fight, saving the theoretically unstoppable drop shots, which paid off in the end. In doubles, the pair with Madzarka Czako won the first match, but then after an extraordinary drama (also unsportsmanlike) they lost to the representatives of ZTK with 10:12 in MTB.
The reborn team of Tennis Club Domžale with Pia, Ana and Eva under the supervision of Eva’s former coach Urban managed to overcome TK LTA and TK Triglav Kranj and entered the finals.
However, the best player Pia, WTA 509, resigned in the 2nd game due to the heel pain and the team did not manage to make up for score against the strong team of TK MS. Ana played very good and won the match, but Eva could not resist to the older and experienced player Anamari.
Eva has attended a regular high school program in 2023, but also took part of the ITF Tour in Spring 2023; Banja Luka J30, Vrsar J300, Szekesfehervar J30, Villach J200, Guessing J30 and Sarajevo J30. At most of the tournaments Eva gained experience and improved her tennis to the junior level, resulting in won matches over the ranked players. Her best was the Quarterfinals in Singles at J30 in Sarajevo.
The Fridays match against the Slovak girl Kali was exhausting for both motivated players. Eva took a lead by 5:4, but could not take the set (5:7). No energy left for her to rise up in the 2nd set (2:6). Congratulations!
Eva and Amelie (GER) also had fun in doubles, winning the 1st match.
Not an easy job to play 3 sets for 4 hours in the warmest month of this century. Despite of cramps Eva managed to finish the game by 2:2,6:3,7:6 and later in the day play also doubles. The therapy was quite successfull, enough for the following 3 wins. However, Friday’s matches were just too much for exhausted young tennis player. Happy to be home again.
After all, the semifinal match against Greta (HUN) a perspective good player was noticeably a good game. On contrary the doubles final was a nervous game with some mistakes that young players may forgive and forget fast.
After overcomming her main tennis opponent Nala in the QF by 2:0, Eva unfortunately lost the semifinals in the rain by 6:4,4:6,6:7. The 3rd place for Eva!