Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Day 1

Ellen Allgurin (SWE) Sweden’s Ellen Allgurin was the biggest casualty on the opening day at the Utsubo Tennis Center as the number one seed fell to Japanese wildcard Yukako Noi.

Allgurin would have fancied her chances of winning the tournament being only one of three top 50 players in Osaka and took the advantage in the first set by taking it 6-3.

However, she was unable to finish off her homegrown opponent and lost the next two sets with 18-year-old Noi winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in her first appearance on the ITF Junior circuit this year.

Her fellow countrywoman and fifth seed Risa Ozaki suffered a scare in her first round match by losing the opener on a tiebreak but eventually made it through 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2.

There wasn’t such comebacks for Ayaka Okuno (8) and Kanami Tsuji (15) as they crashed out in straight sets but with Makoto Ninomiya (7) through and Miyu Kato, Miho Kowase (3) and Nao Hibino (9) still to play, a Japanese champion is still a real possibility.

Elsewhere, seeds Anna Tyulpa (4), Kathinka Von Deichmann (6), Abbie Myers (11), Ratnika Batra (13), Elke Lemmens (14) and Olga Doroshina (16) all successfully made it to round two.

The top seed in the boys’ draw also struggled against Japanese opposition. Jiri Vesely lost the first set on a tiebreak but went on to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1 with relative ease.

Second seed Luke Saville along with Serbian third and fifth seeds Nikola Milojevic and Pedja Krsten all won comfortably in straight sets. A number of other seeds did fall though.

Greek Markos Kalovelonis (11) lost to 16-year-old Brit Tom Hill with New Zealand’s Jaden Grinter (10) and India’s Rishabdev Raman (12) succumbing to French duo Gregoire Barrere and Lucas Pouille respectively.

Meanwhile, Xin Gao (6), Herkko Pollanen (7), Enzo Couacaud (8) and Nick Kyrgios (14) all progressed.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles are available in a drawsheet via the ITF Juniors website.

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