Unbeaten Russian girls clinch winter title in style

Victorious Russian Team... Proud Coach Irina Doronina, left, with, left to right, Anastasia Potapova, Ekaterina Makarova,and Sofia Epur

Victorious Russian Team... Proud Coach Irina Doronina, left, with, left to right, Anastasia Potapova, Ekaterina Makarova,and Sofia Epur

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RUSSIA displayed their dominance at under 12 years of age with a stunning display at the Winter Tennis Europe Cup at Graves Tennis Centre in Sheffield.

Led by arguably the best in the world at her age, Anastasia Potapova, the Russians didn’t lose a match during the three days of the tournament and beat Serbia in the final yesterday with the minimum of fuss.

After seeing off Switzerland on Friday, Russia beat the Czech Republic on Saturday to set up their meeting with Serbia.

Great Britain finished eighth of the eighth teams.

* On the men’s ATP World Tour Sheffield’s Jonny Marray will try to respond from the disappointment of missing out on the final of the Open Sud de France by having a good run in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Marray and doubles partner Colin Fleming lost in the semi-finals in Montpellier but will travel to Holland for the ATP 500 Series event in good heart.

The British pair will take on Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny and Canada’s Daniel Nestor in the first round. It’s likely that they’ll have to wait until Tuesday to get their campaign underway.

The tournament has 500 ranking points for the winners with 90,150 Euros to be split between the victorious team.

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