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Tennis competition reaches climax

Tennis competition reaches climax

A gripping three days of tennis competition came to a close at Esporta in Hamilton this afternoon with the finals of the singles and doubles matches.

And the boys and girls finalists did not disappoint the crowd of tennis fans from around the world who cheered them on.

First up was the girls' singles which brought a moment of drama to the competition.

Thailand's Kamonwan Buyam from Team Bangkok and hot tip for the gold medal had to retire with a strained leg when she was leading 7-6, 3-0, playing against her Bangkok team mate Prsewpisuti Chinsakchai - also her partner in the doubles' final.

After receiving medical attention it was decided she should retire from the singles and rest to be fit for her doubles match later.

The gold medal was awarded to Chinsakchai, with silver going to Buayam.

Taking bronze medal position was Tamara Zidansek from Ptuj , Slovenia .

The Slovenain girl, Kamonwan and Prsewpisuti have entertained the tennis fans all week with their stylish and disciplined play.

In the boys' final victory went to Shao-Chi Yang , from Tapei , Taiwan . In a nail-biting match Yang claimed victory over Domen Gostincar from Maribor , Slovenia 6-3, 6-4.

Bronze medal position went to Teeradon Tortrakul, from Bangkok , Thailand . He beat Balazs Kovacs, from Sopron , Hungary , 6-3, 6-4, in another end to end game.

Fit after her earlier injury scare, Kamonwan Buyam gave a polished performance on court with her doubles partner Prsewpisuti Chinsakchai to win the gold in convincing style 6-1, 6-1.

Taking the silver medal were the Slovenian pair from Ptuj, Tamara Zidansek and Neja Domiter.

The bronze medal was won by Teressa Hill and Ariana Iranpour from Cleveland , USA , who beat Nataliya Bobal and Anastasiya Shcherbey, from Uzgorod , Ukraine .

In the boys' doubles final gold went to Shao-Chi Yang and Shao-Yu Yu from Taipei , Taiwan .

In a three match thriller the Taipei team emerged victorious against Aaron Sandberg and Siddarth Ahuja, from Cleveland , winning 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 in a tie-break final set.

Bronze went to Jayson Fung and Alexander Hwang from San Francisco , USA , who beat the Montreux, Switerland pairing of Antenucci and De Fonseca, 7-6, 6-3.

The medal ceremony was a joyous occasion for the young players and their families who have been with them every play of the ball for three days.

Six eight-year-old tennis players from Uddingston Tennis Club carried the medal trays for the dignitaries.

Mr Alan Davidson from The Graham Group, sponsors of the tennis event presented the Bronze Medals, Mr David Gilbert, vice-president of the International Children's Games presented the silver medals and South Lanarkshire Provost Russell Clearie presented the gold medals.

A wonderful tennis competition was rounded-off by Provost Clearie who introduced Metod Klemenc, founder of ICG, and a keen tennis fan, who got the biggest cheer of the week.

Results

All the results for the tennis will be posted on the results pages.

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Film from the Games will become available on YouTube and photographs on the ICG flickr pages in the course of the next few days - so keep checking!

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