Norwegian starlet to win first match
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As the sun broke through the clouds, one could feel the suspense during the first match of the day, which featured Norwegian starlet Melanie Stokke and 17-year old Anastasia Detiuc from Moldova.
It took a tiebreak in the second set and a super tiebreak in the third, before Melanie eventually came out victorious, with a final score of 2-6, 7-6, 10-6.
Starting off, the girls had similar starting points:
For both Melanie and Anastasia, this was the first time competing in Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament. Both girls had little experience of playing on grass, this actually being Anastasia´s first match ever on grass.
There were little signs of the match being purely for exhibition purposes. Both Melanie and Anastasia focused intently and fought for every point. The silence in the audience broken only by bursts of applause and sighs of awe of the professional technical abilities displayed in front of them.
Second match of the day is a continuation of yesterday´s encounter between Damir Dzhumhur (BIH) and qualifier Adam Jones.