Sharon Fichman reaches Orange Bowl final [p. 11]

By SAM GOLDMAN
December 11, 2006 00:06

Maccabiah champion Sharon Fichman and her Czech partner, Katerina Vankara, were upset by Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea of Romania and Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-1 in the girls 18 doubles final at the 60th Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on Sunday. Fichman, who turned 16 a week ago and won the gold medal in the women's singles at the 2005 Maccabiah, and Vankara were the No. 1 seeds at the prestigious tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, while their fellow finalists were seeded No. 2. In the girls 18 singles, Fichman lost to Ksenia Milevskaya of Bulgaria 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in a semifinal on Saturday. Gilad Ben-Zvi and Austrian partner Nikolas Moser put up a fight in the first set of the boys 16s doubles final, but were blanked in the second by the Netherlands' Xavier Spong and Ilija Vucic of Serbia-Montenegro, who won 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday.


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