Ryazan, Russia – Just days after signing his NLI with the University of Utah, Svyatoslav ‘Slava’ Shainyan has won the doubles championship at the ITF G2 Ozerov Cup in his home country of Russia, partnering Alexey Nesterov (Russia).
“Wins in a good tournament always give me confidence,” said Shainyan. “I’m just ready for a good season.”
The doubles tandem had to overcome a tough draw but succeeded to win the championships after defeating the top 3 seeded doubles teams. In the 2nd round they defeated 3rd seeded Krisijan Tamm (Estonia) and Ilgiez Valiev (Russia), 7-6(6), 7-6(0). After another straight set victory in the quarterfinals, they defeated the top seeded Russian duo of Mikhal Sokolovskiy/Alexey Zakharov in another close match, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
The finals proved to be their toughest and closest match of the tournament. After losing the first set, to 2nd seeded Alexey Aleshchev (Russia) and Egor Noskin (Russia), Nesterov and Shainyan fought their way to a come-from-behind victory, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9.
After losing in two ITF doubles finals previously, this marks Shainyan’s first ITF tournament title.
In singles play, the newest Ute qualified for the main draw and defeated Rusian Mugtasimov (Russia), 6-3, 6-0, in the 1st round, but fell in the 2nd round to Mikalai Haliak (Belarus) 6-2, 7-5.
GREAT JOB SLAVA!