WILD CARD: Breana Stampfli
First ITF singles crown for Stampfli
BREANA STAMPFLI captured her very first ITF (International Tennis Federation) junior singles title on Saturday in El Salvador. The Trinidad and Tobago player, who did not originally enter the tournament but later accepted a “wild card” to compete, walked away with the under-18 crown in the Copa Dunlop ITF Junior Tournament.
After winning three matches following a first-round bye during the week, the second-seeded Stampfli whipped American Cristina Rovira 6-4, 6-3 in the final. The three-time defending Tranquillity Open champion had never won an ITF singles crown before, but she had contested the finals in the first two stages of a three-leg Caribbean Junior Caribbean circuit in St Lucia and St Vincent, respectively, last month.
Stampfli was the top player on that circuit as she reached the doubles finals in all three legs and was triumphant in the first and again when the curtain fell on the series in Tobago at the end of the month.
A month before the circuit began, the Fed Cup player had claimed her very first ITF title when she won doubles in Jamaica and then reached the doubles final of another tournament the following week in Dominican Republic.
Stampfli climbed more than 50 places in the world junior rankings during the Caribbean Junior Circuit and went into El Salvador listed at a career-high #388.
The 17-year-old and her partner were seeded to win doubles in the Grade V tournament, but the American, also the top seed in singles, pulled out before they had played a match after losing in the quarterfinals of singles.
Stampfli is the highest-ranked player entered to compete in the Copa Maya ITF Junior Tournament from today. This tournament will also take place in El Salvador, but the surface is clay on this occasion, as opposed to hard courts last week.
Joshua and Ty Abraham were the only other T&T players on the original entry list but the twins, who reached the doubles final in St Vincent a few weeks ago, withdrew.