In a great weekend of tennis, Jeanine Barcia and Paula Moreno triumphed to become this year’s Andalusian Under 12 Doubles Champions.
This was how the weekend unfolded:
The Quarter-final, Saturday 18th
On Saturday, Jeannie and her partner Paula have an emphatic win, overcoming their opponents in straight sets: 6-0, 6-0.
The Semi-final, Sunday morning 19th
Early Sunday morning, their opponents for the semi-final were Laura Villanueva and Udvardy Luca. Both Laura and Udvardy are strong players with a good reputation, so this was always going to be a hard match. Jeannie’s Marbella tennis coach, her dad Orlando Barcia, was looking on nervously.
However, once the match started Jeannie is showing a lot of confidence, hitting strong forehand and backhand shots. Her partner, Paula, is also playing very well, consistently keeping the ball in play. This helps Jeannie to take advantage, and with great down-the -line and passing shots, they take the first set 6-1.
At the start of the second set their opponents are playing very well hitting strong forehands and the match gets exciting and really comes alive. Even with the rule of single point deuces (sudden death at 40 all), the games were long and hard, sometimes lasting 10 minutes long. In a great match, eventually, Jeannie and Paula triumphed 6-1, 6-4.
The Final, Sunday evening 19th
The final match was against the tournament number one favourites, Claudia Camuñes and Christina Mateos, these two players are the number one under 12 doubles players in Seville. The outcome of the final was a big surprise as Jeannie and Paula played very well from the start with some very strong stroke play. The top favourites couldn’t recover to fight back and Jeannie and Paula pulled of an exciting win to take the championship. The final score was 6-1,6-1.