03.08.2022    Views: 200
Source: KTF press-service
Ross McLean (ITF)

The adventure continues. Kazakhstan had already made history by qualifying for the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals but the quarter-finals now await after a stunning victory over top seeds and defending champions Italy.

While the doubles are still to be played and may yet have a significant bearing on the final make-up of Group A, Kazakhstan are safely through to the last eight of the ITF’s flagship 14-and-under team competition.

«This is amazing – it’s like a dream,» Kazakhstan captain Sergey Kvek told itftennis.com. «I and my players always believed that we could do well here and get through the group and we have.

«The first day, when we played Ecuador, my players were perhaps a little bit afraid because this is a new environment with different emotions and maybe it confused them a little bit.

«But yesterday against Argentina and today against Italy they played great tennis and Zangar [Nurlanuly] made a great comeback from 4-2 down after losing the first set and it is amazing.»

Nurlanuly sealed the crucial point for his nation, defeating Antonio Marigliano 4-6 6-4 6-3, after Daniel Tazabekov had given Kazakhstan the perfect start with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Salvatore Tartaglione.

In the immediate aftermath of their win, the Kazakhstan team and their support staff embraced on court, with Kazakhstan Tennis Federation President Bulat Utemuratov joining the celebrations on FaceTime and passing on his congratulations.


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