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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Home Affair Finals In Tennis

NICOSIA, 4 June 2009 - Monaco and Liechtenstein are already celebrating in the tennis event after both nations are guaranteed the gold medal in the men and womenís event respectively.

In the menís event, two Monaco players, Games number one Jean-Rene Lisnard) and Games number three Benjiamin Balleret, made it to the final with Lisnard defeating Liechtensteinís Jirka Lokaj 2-0 (6-0, 6-3) and Balleret beating number two Stefano Galvani of San Marino 2-0 (7-6, 6-4).

In the third game of the second set and with the score at 1-1, Galvani had experienced some problems with his contact lense but still decided to play on.

The semifinal losers have both been awarded the bronze medal as there is no third place playoff final in tennis.

The womenís event will also be a home affair as Luxembourg secured two players in the final for the gold medal.

Games number one Mandy Minella had defeated Liechtensteinís Marina Novac 2-0 (6-2, 6-1) and Claudine Schaul beat Louise-Alice Gabarini of Monaco 2-0 (6-3, 6-3).

Novac and Gabarini were also both awarded the bronze medal.

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