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Katarzyna Kawa and Katarzyna Piter joining the Bella Cup tournament

Czerwiec 13, 2018

 

39 Polish players applied for the 24th International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2018 in Toruń. Winners of the past editions are also willing to join the competition.

Incredible tennis event is getting closer. We are only days away from the beginning of the 24th Bella Cup, ITF tournament with prize pool of 25 000 $ + hospitality. More details were announced on the first press conference of the upcoming event.

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One of the Polish players stepping on the Bella Cup courts this year is Katarzyna Kawa. She has triumphed in a similar rank tournament just days ago in Portuguese Obidos.

‘Those years when I took a part in the tournaments in Toruń, everything was organized perfectly. That tournament is very similar to the ones in higher rankings. It is a great comfort for the players. I am very happy that I can join a tournament in front of Polish fans again.’

– said Katarzyna Kawa.

Invitation was also accepted by Katarzyna Piter, representing Poland in the FED Cup. We already saw her on the Bella Cup courts, including the 2013 tournament, when she reached the finale, but lost with Paula Kania.

There are 39 Polish players amongst the 330 who applied to join the 24th International Women’s Tennis Tournament, with Urszula Radwańska, Iga Świątek and Maja Chwalińska. Also, all the winners of the last three Balla Cup editions joined the tournament: Kristina Kucova from Slovakia, Isabella Shinikova from Bulgaria and last year champion, Chantal Skamlova from Slovakia.

– informed the tournament’s director, Renata Sokołowska.

Full list of this year’s contestants can be found here: www.itftennis.com

Idea marki Bella, czyli zdrowie naszych Pań sprowadza się do trzech punktów. Angażujemy się w programy prozdrowotne dla kobiet. Aktywny styl życia, w ramach którego zachęcamy do biegania, ćwiczeń fizycznych i dbania o własną kondycję. Trzeci filar to wydarzenia sportowe. Niezwykle ważnym elementem tego programu jest właśnie turniej Bella Cup.

– podkreślił Jarosław Kuzel, członek zarządu TZMO SA, sponsora generalnego turnieju.

Bella’s main goal, our beautiful women’s health, comes down to three points. We get involved with pro-health programs for women. An active lifestyle, in which we encourage to run, exercise and take care of the proper physical form. Third point focuses on sport events. Bella Cup tournament is a very important part of that program. – we heard from Jarosław Kuzel, board member of the TZMO SA, tournament’s general sponsor.

I am constantly amazed by what is happening in Toruń. It is one of my favourite places. It is very important, that this tournament is organized in such incredible conditions. All the players will surely appreciate it. It make it the most important women’s tennis event in Poland

– said PTA’s Rafał Chrzanowski.

24th International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2018 will begin on 24 June. After two days of the qualification games, the main tournament will open on 26 June. Grand final is scheduled for 1 July. Free admission to the courts.

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Invitation to Bella Cup 2018

Maj 30, 2018

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Yearly, at the turn of June and July Toruń hosts tennis players from all over the world who compete in International Women Tennis Tournament Bella Cup. read more

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Bella Cup 2018 tournament getting closer

Maj 19, 2018

 

We are just few steps away from the 24th International Women Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2018.

It is going to be a beautiful time in June and July on the tennis courts in Toruń. Players from all over the world will join us to compete in this breath-taking surrounding for ranking points and amazing money prices in the oldest tennis tournament for women in Poland.

Bella Cup 2018 will begin on 24 June with two days of prelamination tournament. First games of the main tournament will take place on 26 June and we will finish with the grand finale on Sunday, 1st July. The total price money for this year’s competition is 25.000 USD + hospitality.

We are in the middle of the application period. Three weeks are left for the players to decide before the entry deadline on 7 June. Organizers are hoping for great Polish players to apply as well, just as they did in previous editions of the tournament.

Last year’s Bella Cup tournament winner was Chantal Skamlova representing Slovakia. Best Polish contestants were Maja Chwalińska and Magdalena Fręch, who both reached the quarterfinals.

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Following previous years, again we will see the Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych S.A. as the general sponsor of the Bella Cup 2018 tournament.

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Chantal Skamlova is this year’s tournament champion

Lipiec 2, 2017

 

Slovakian player triumphed in the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup.

In the singles finale, Chantal Skamlova from Slovakia faced Miriam Kolodziejova from Czech Republic. In the first set, won by Skamlova 6:2, it was clear, that the Czech contestant was not in her best shape. It was surely caused by very demanding games on Saturday, when they both played in singles quarterfinals and semi-finals. Kolodziejova also took part in the doubles final match.

In the second set, Kolodziejova has shown her stronger side and won, loosing only two points. Slovakian representative gave away only three games in the final, deciding set and became the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2017 Champion.

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Chantal Skamlova (Slovakia) – Miriam Kolodziejova (Czech Republic) 6:2, 4:6, 6:3.

– It is the biggest success in my career so far. I am extremely happy about winning such amazingly organized tournament.

– summed up Chantal Skamlova.

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The last Saturday

Lipiec 1, 2017

 

On the fifth day of the International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2017, we had to say goodbye to Maja Chwalińska and Magdalena Fręch. They have both lost their quarterfinals. Doubles tournament favourites triumped in the finale.

At 9 am, all quarterfinal games started on four different courts, They were moved to Saturday due to heavy rain yesterday.

Tournament’s wild card, Maja Chwalińska, played against Chantal Skamlova from Slovakia for the place in the semi-finals. For Chwalińska, it was a game of lost chances. In the first set, she lost two break points and managed to win only one game in the second set. Chwalińska has lost 4:6, 1:6 and left the tournament.

At the same time, fighting for a space on the semi-final, Magdalena Fręch [4] has begun the match against Australian Priscilla Hon very strong, winning the first set 6:4. With the exact same result, Hon defeated her in the second set. In the deciding, extremely emotional set, after defending two Hon’s match games, Fręch ultimately lost the match 6:4, 4:6, 4:6.

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Vera Lapko from Belarus, tournament’s [3], did not qualify to the semi-final either. Last year’s Australian Open Junior tournament winner surprisingly lost 5:7, 5:7 with Czech Republic representative – Miriam Kolodziejova. Forth player qualified to the semi-final is Lenka Jurikova from Slovakia. After defeating tournament’s [1] Sofia Shapatova earlier in the competition, this time she has won 6:2, 6:3 with Sara Sekulic from Germany.
 
In the singles final game, we will see Miriam Kolodziejova and Chantal Skamlova. Czech Republic representative surprisingly easily defeated Lenka Jurikowa 6:3, 6:1 and the Slovakian player, Skamlova, has won a very demanding match against Australian Priscilla Hon 4:6, 6;1, 6:3.
Saturday’s last match on the main court was the third tournament’s performance of Miriam Kolodziejova. Paired up with Jesica Maleckova, in the doubles finale they faced the highest seeded team – Vera Lapko from Belarus and Anna Morgina from Russia. Favourites did not let us down and despite the heavy rain, they finished winning with the Chech team 6:2, 6:3.

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Singles finale of the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2017 will begin at 10:00 on Sudany.

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Outdoor and indoor

Lipiec 1, 2017

 

Friday’s matches of 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2017 began after the 3 PM. The reason for the delay was the rain.

The last two matches of the second round were played on the central court. To the quarter-finals were promoted: Slovakian Lenka Jurikov’s, who had previously eliminated the tournament number one, Sofia Shapatava and Sarah Rebecca Sekulic from Germany.

Quarter-finals with Poles, Magdalena Fręch and Maja Chwalińska, as well as semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday.

In the hall of the tennis center of the Toruń’s MOSiR, the last quarterfinal of the doubles draw was played. Polish couple Maja Chwalińska / Anna Hertel competed with Czechs, Miriam Kolodziejova and Jesica Maleckova. Polish team in the „super tie-break” had a match ball, but in the end, the Czechs triumphed 6: 3, 2: 6, 14:12.

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The semi-finals were played almost simultaneously, as one pair decided to play in the hall and the other on the central court.
Under the roof, Vera Lapko (Belarus) and Anna Morgina (Russia) beat 6: 3, 6: 4 Ksenia Palkina (Kyrgyzstan) and Sofia Shapatava (Georgia). Miriam Kolodziejova and Jesika Maleckova from the Czech Republic turned out better in the central court. They beat the Naiktha Bains (Australia) / Jessica Wacnik (USA) 6: 1, 6: 1.
 
The final doubles game match will be held on Saturday. Sunday is the finale of the single.

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Three Polish players still in the game!

Czerwiec 29, 2017

 

First round of the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup behind us. On Tuesday, Magdalena Fręch qualified for the second round.

In the first round, Fręch faced Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan. It was their fourth time playing against each other. Winning that match in Bella Cup was the third time Fręch triumphed over Amanmuradova. Even though the result 6:3, 6:1 does not show it, winning in that game did not come easy.

Magdalena Fręch joined two other Polish representatives, who qualified for the second round after their games on Monday. Those were Maja Chwalińska and Daria Kuczer.

Anna Hertel and Stefania Rogozińska-Dzik were not able to follow their steps. Under 18 and under 16 Polish champions placed in the Bella Cup tournament with wild cards. Both left the singles tournament after two sets. Anna Hertel lost with Australian Naikitha Bains 0:6, 2:6. Stefania Rogozińska-Dzik was defeated 3:6, 1:6 by Sara Rebecca Sekulic from Germany.

After the first round of Bella Cup 2017, half of the seeded players left the competition, including number one – Sofia Shapatava (Georgia) and number two – Julia Glushko (Israel). Magdalena Fręch, tournament’s number four, is now the only seeded player in her half of the draw. In the second round, she will face Jessica Wacnik, who has got polish roots and speaks Polish very well. Her mother is Polish and a former tennis player.

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Paulina Czarnik and Daria Kuczer triumphed in the doubles game of two Polish teams. They defeated Weronika Falkowska and Paulina Jastrzębska 7:5, 4:6, 10:5.
 
Maja Chwalińska and Anna Hertel in just over an hour won over Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan and Veronika Kapshay from Ukraine 6:2, 6:3. Doubles quarterfinals will take place on Thursday.

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Qualifications have ended

Czerwiec 27, 2017

 

Eight players succeeded in the qualification games for the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup 2017. Among them, we will see one Polish representative – Paulina Czarnik.

Paulina Czarnik played two games today. In the first match, she triumphed with Slovakian Viktoria Surova 6:3, 6:2. In the decisive, second game, she faced Jade Lewis. New Zeland representative was a tough contender, but Czarnik has won 6:4, 6:4.

Among all the Polish players, Aleksandra Buczyńska was the one who played the longest match. This 19 year-old spent almost two and a half hours on the court with Joana Eidukonyte. Lithuanian player, after loosing the first set, pulled herself together and defeated Buczyńska 2:6, 6:4, 6:0.

Joanna Zawadzka did not manage to qualify for the main tournament. She won the first set with Ksenia Palkina from Kyrgyzstan 6:2, but lost the following two 0:6, 3:6. Last qualification round was also a finish line for Julia Oczachowska, Weronika Falkowska and Paulina Jastrzębska.

Qualified for the main tournament: Ksenia Palkina (Kyrgyzstan), Elina Nepliy (Russia), Nadiya Kolb (Ukraine), Valeriya Urzhumova (Russia), Paulina Czarnik (Poland), Irina Lapustina (Latvia), Joana Eidukonyte (Lithuania), Iuliia Sokolovskaya (Russia) and Jade Lewis (New Zeland) as the so called ‘lucky looser’.

Bella Cup 2017 singles and doubles main tournament starts on Tuesday.

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In the first singles match, after surprising withdraw of Katarzyna Piter, the highest seeded Polish representative, Magdalena Fręch (4) will face Akgul Amanmuradova. Uzbek player went all the way to the doubles finale in the last year’s Bella Cup and in May 2008 she was the world’s 50th best racket.
 
Last year’s hero, Maja Chwalińska’s first rival will be the qualifier Iuliia Sokolovskaya, representing Russia.

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Ready to go

Czerwiec 24, 2017

 

Saturday on the Toruń courts was all about last preparations before the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup begins.

This year’s tournament will begin in just few hours. Tennis courts in Toruń are ready to welcome all the contenders. On the last day before the first games, organizers were taking care of the main court’s decorations. First players arrived at the MOSiR Tennis Centre and immediately started their trainnings.

Tournament’s draw was announced. We will see 23 Polish players competing on the courts. Seeded first in the qualification games is Ksenia Palkina from Kyrgyzstan. Her first rival will be Julia Przybylska. Polish player seeded with the highest position in the qualification games is Patrycja Polańska with number 4. In the second round, she will face the winner of Natalia Komar (Poland) – Nadiya Kolb (Ukraine) match.

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Qualification tournament will start on Sunday at 9:30 am.
Eight players, who succeed in three match rounds, will qualify to the main tournament. Qualifications will take place on Sunday and Monday. Main tournament will start on Tuesday.
 
You are all welcome at the 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup. Free admission!

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Two Polish players seeded in Bella Cup

Czerwiec 24, 2017

 

Katarzyna Piter and Magdalena Fręch will be seeded in this year’s 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup singles.

Katarzyna Piter will be this year’s number two. She is 222nd in the world ranking. Her great shape reflects in her current performance in the tournament in Warsaw. On Saturday she will play in singles quarterfinal and doubles final game.

Magdalena Fręch was seeded with number 5. This 19 year-old has 249th position in the world ranking. Her best recent recent results are Manchester tournament quarterfinal in June and semi-final in Swedish Bastad in May.

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After several major changes in the entries’ list and world ranking, seeded first in the tournament will be Sofia Shapatava, representing Georgia. Fans in Toruń can remember her from 2015, when she triumphed in Bella Cup doubles, teamed up with Ekatarine Gorgodze.
 
List of seeded contenders of this year’s 23rd International Women’s Tennis Tournament Bella Cup singles:
[1] Sofia Shapatava – Georgia
[2] Katarzyna Piter – Poland
[3] Julia Glushko – Israel
[4] Vera Lapko – Belarus
[5] Magdalena Fręch – Poland
[6] Katarina Zavatska – Ukraine
[7] Jasika Maleckova – Czech Republic
[8] Gabriela Pantuckova – Czech Republic

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