Lebanese Tennis at the 28th Summer Universiade Gwangju 2015
14 Jul. 2015 – Four tennis player attented the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, two men and two women: Bruna ATA EL KHOURY, Jenifer ZAYLAH, Mohamad TANNIR and Michel ZGHEIB, with Sevag DEMERGIAN as official and Youssef EL ZEIN as a coach.
Bruna ATA EL KHOURY (NDU) played the women’s singles and lost 2-0 against the Korean player. Then she had to play the consolation second round, where she lost 2-0 against another Korean player.
Jenifer ZAYLAH (NDU) played the women’s singles first round against Paul RODRIGUEZ from Colombia and lost 2-0. In the consolation second round, she faced Ronah NTEMBE from Unganda and was able to win 2 games in the first and second set to lose 2-0.
Mohamad TANNIR (Haigazian) lost his first match against the Bulgarian player in 2-0. In the consolation, he lost 2-0 against Mexico.
Michel ZGHEIB faced Pavel TSOY from Uzbekistan in the first round and lost 2-0. In the consolation second round he played against Rok KRIZAJ from Slovenia and lost 2-0 (6-0, 6-1)
In the men’s Doubles, Michel and Mohamad joined forces to be able to deliver the best match in this Universiade by winning four games in the first set and two in the second one. They lost 2-0 against Mongolia 6-4, 6-2. We should note that it was their first time playing together, which came at an official match at such a high level.
Mohamad TANNIR and Bruna ATA EL KHOURY played the mixed doubles against Switzerland and lost 2-0 (6-0, 6-1).
“We realized that we are not up to the level and we need to work harder and improve our game to be able to compete against them.” – Said Mohamad TANNIR.
Finally, our players gave their best with positive attitudes and great sport spirit! But they weren’t prepared before coming to this championship, mentally and physically.
Experience plays a big role in this kind of championships, and our players don’t have it. Still it was a great opportunity for them to be part of this event.