Over the weekend, the final matches of the Estonian championships in tennis were played, with Vladimir Ivanov and Elena Malõgina taking home gold in the singles. The pair also won gold in the mixed doubles.
The 33-year old Ivanov is now a eight-time Estonian champion, defeating Kenneth Raisma in the final 2:6, 6:2, 6:2, 7:5.
Ivanov said to ERR: "It was very positive. The Estonian championships get more difficult every year, the young guys are developing and are playing well. Maybe I've also dropped some confidence over the last few years.
"I'm happy with the tournament. I started slow in the finals, but then Kenneth started to make some mistakes, I retook the match and was able to push the tempo."
Ivanov has dominated the Estonian tennis landscape, winning eight gold medals over the last nine years, with Kristjan Tamm stopping the streak in 2017. Ivanov also holds four doubles championships, winning in both men's and mixed categories this year.
The 33-year old does not count medals anymore: "I used to want that box checked of becoming Estonian champion. That was checked off a long time ago, I don't count titles any more."
Ivanov is currently ranked 552nd in the ATP's doubles rankings, he is unranked in the singles.
20-year old Elena Malõgina crowned women's champion
In the finals on Friday, Malõgina played Katriin Saar, the women's champion in 2018 and 2019. After dropping the first set, Malõgina rallied and ended up victorious 2:6, 7:6 (5), 6:4.
This is Malõgina's first title, but she has reached the women's singles before, in 2018, when Saar won.
Speaking about the final, Malõgina said: "It was difficult, I saved two match points and couldn't get it going in the beginning. Maybe I wasn't tuned well, maybe I was a little nervous. But then I gathered myself, the crowd was behind me and I was able to turn the tide."
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste