52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Boys’ Singles Final

The 2011 Trofeo Bonfiglio boys’ singles final strangely finished with the same scoreline as the girls’ final as Filip Horansky won 6-4, 6-2 against Patrick Ofner.

It marked the first time a Slovakian had won at the boys’ event and the 18-year-old will be hoping to add more success to his maiden Grade A tournament victory.

Being the seventh seed and junior world number 10, Horansky went into the match as the favourite. Plus his unseeded Austrian opponent had won just once at a Grade A tournament before this one, so reaching the final was a surprise in itself.

The match definitely wasn’t a classic with several exchanges of breaks in the first set. After Horansky took an early 4-1 lead, he was then pegged back but managed to come through and take it 6-4.

Horansky put the victory down to Ofner’s tiredness as the Slovak led 3-1 and 4-2 in the second. The last two games epitomised the match.

At 40-0 down, Horanksy came back to break before struggling to serve out the championship. He squandered two championship points before Ofner failed to convert a break point.

But similar in conduct to the whole final, Horansky did enough to secure victory eventually winning on his fourth championship point.

Filip Horansky

As with the girls’ singles, highlights of the boys’ final and surreal Rocky-style music can be found on La Gazzetta dello Sport website.

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52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Girls’ Singles Final

Irina Khromacheva (RUS) Irina Khromacheva won the girls’ singles title in Milan after beating her doubles partner Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

She joins previous winners such as Gabriela Sabatini, Anna Kournikova and Dominika Cibulkova in taking the crown whilst extending her unbeaten run to 26 matches.

It’s not quite to the same level as Novak Djokovic’s run but it’s brought Khromacheva victories in two Grade 1 junior tournaments and two $10,000 ITF events as well as this Grade A success (equivalent to a junior Slam).

Now her coach is already planning the 16-year-old’s future and has said the Russian will play mostly ITF tournaments next year to improve her WTA world ranking, which currently stands at 518.

Montenegro’s Kovinic can take heart from her display and tournament performance as a whole. After being 4-0 down at the start of the match she battled back to 4-4 before losing the first set of her 2011 Trofeo Bonfiglio campaign.

In the second, she had to deal with an injury to her arm but after failing to convert seven game points at *2-4 it left Khromacheva with a simple hold to win in front of 1,500 people.

This may not be the last we see of Kovinic though. At #16 on the junior circuit before the tournament, which will rise next week, she may notice that 2004 beaten finalist Victoria Azarenka is now ranked the WTA’s fourth best player.

It should be mentioned that Khromacheva was the only top five player in the junior rankings to feature at Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa but having only just turned 16 on May 12th, she’s the youngest and a hot prospect at that.

As with the boys’ singles, highlights of the girls’ final and surreal Rocky-style music can be found at La Gazzetta dello Sport website.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Semi-finals

Danka Kovinic (MNE) The final line-ups of the 52nd edition of the Trofeo Bonfiglio have been decided with the girls’ singles contestants consisting of the winning doubles duo.

Irina Khromacheva and her partner Danka Kovinic beat Japanese pair Miho Kowase and Miyu Kato to claim the doubles crown in Milan and will now battle each other in Sunday’s final.

Kovinic, seeded sixth in the girls’ singles, ended the spirited run of Iva Mekovec who came through qualification as a rank outsider.

The Croatian had seen off much higher ranked opponents such as Montserrat Gonzalez and Sofiya Kovalets but finally came undone against Montenegro’s Kovinic.

Despite exchanging breaks of serve in the early games, 17-year-old Kovinic came through the first set 6-3 before an understandably weary-looking Mekovec found herself 4-0* down in the second. She broke back but couldn’t stop the rot as Kovinic won the match 6-3, 6-1.

Top seed and former junior world number one Khromacheva didn’t find it as comfortable but still came through with little trouble against Natalija Kostic.

The 16-year-old Russian has been in imperious form in recent weeks, having won two $10,000 ITF events as well as two Grade 1 junior tournaments.

In last month’s Open International Juniors de Beaulieu sur Mer she defeated Serbian third seed Kostic in the final.

She only dropped four games in that match and it looked like she could beat that after the first set of the Trofeo Bonfiglio semi-final, taking it 6-1.

However the second set was tighter and at 5-5 Khromacheva broke seeing out the match 6-1, 7-5 and extending her run to 25 consecutive wins.

The number one seed didn’t survive in the boys’ singles though as Austrian Patrick Ofner beat Hugo Dellien 6-3, 6-4. 

Ofner had previously only won one Grade A match in his career but Bolivian Dellien made 30 unforced errors in the semi-final which culminated in the 18-year-old’s victory.

His opponent in the final will be Filip Horansky. The Slovakian is ranked 10th in the junior rankings and beat the man two places below him Joao Pedro Sorgi.

Brazil’s Sorgi, who beat second seed Dominic Thiem in the last round, is of Italian descent so the home crowd can’t even clutch at straws now after his 7-5, 6-2 defeat.

Horansky claimed a first Grade A final berth after two semi-final appearances previously.

Oh and just in case you were wondering, British pair Liam Broady and Oliver Golding won the boys’ doubles 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) against America’s Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant.

Semi-final highlights of Mekovec vs. Kovinic and Dellien vs. Ofner are available via La Gazzetta dello Sport’s website.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Quarter-finals

There are only four boys and four girls remaining in Milan after a set of quarter-final matches that were much the same as the rest of the tournament, i.e. unpredictable.

Iva Mekovec, especially, is in the form of her life. Having reached the main draw through qualifying, the 16-year-old Croatian has already played six matches and rallied from 6-2 in her seventh to beat fourth seed Montserrat Gonzalez in a tiebreak.

Her 365th ranking looks an injustice on this evidence and sixth seed Danka Kovinic, who beat Petra Rohanova 6-2, 6-1, won’t find it that easy in their semi-final meeting.

In the other half of the draw, the semi-final between the first and third seed looks to be a doozy. Both Irina Khromacheva and Natalija Kostic dropped a set in conclusive manners in their quarter-finals but came through to end Ganna Poznikhirenko (8) and Elizaveta Kulichkova’s hopes.

Mate Pavic (CRO)

The boy’s singles produced more upsets with the second and fourth seeds both crashing out.

Patrick Ofner’s victory over Mate Pavic (4) was probably the more unexpected result and the Austrian will now face Hugo Dellien of Bolivia, the top seed and conqueror of Brazil’s Thiago Moura Monteiro.

Fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem (2) won’t be joining Ofner though as Joao Pedro Sorgi (8) ensured Brazilian interest was kept alive with a 6-4, 6-1 win.

Sorgi plays Filip Horansky following the Slovak’s 6-1, 6-4 success over American Bjorn Fratangelo.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Day 4

The quarter-final line-ups have been decided in both the boys’ and girls’ events and the competition is certainly hotting up.

Two big-name casualties fell in the third round of the boys’ draw. Australian fifth seed Andrew Whittington lost in three sets to Brazil’s Thiago Moura Monteiro with the third going all the way to a tiebreak which the eleventh seed won 7-3.

Even more shocking was Oliver Golding’s exit. American Bjorn Fratangelo had already knocked out sixteenth seed Mate Delic and dispatched of the British third seed in clinical fashion winning 6-2, 6-0.

His response on Twitter read: “Hmm … No words to describe that really.” So I guess we’ll move on.

Today Dominic Thiem (2) will face Joao Pedro Sorgi (8) in an intriguing match-up while the latter’s Brazilian compatriot Monteiro gets top seed Hugo Dellien as a reward for his win.

Wins for Mate Pavic (4), Filip Horansky (7) and Patrick Ofner completed the last eight.

Ukraine vs Honduras

The shocks continued for the girls in Milan. Iva Mekovec is making a mockery of her severely low ranking after beating Ukrainian ninth seed Sofiya Kovalets 6-4, 6-0.

Mekovec looks unstoppable right now and will be a huge threat to fourth seed Montserrat Gonzalez who had to win a last set tiebreak  7-2 to stop another Brazilian progressing in Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Another surprise loss was Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. The Slovakian tenth seed fell to Russian Elizaveta Kulichova who will now face Natalija Kostic (3) following her three sets win over Ilona Kremen (14).

The solitary Italian Stefanelli couldn’t her home crowd with local interest as Ganna Poznikhirenko (8) edged a first set tiebreak before seeing out the match.

Irina Khromacheva (1) won comfortably against Anett Kontaveit (15) to face the Ukrainian eighth seed. Elsewhere Danka Kovinic (6) prevailed over Jovana Jaksic (11) and Petra Rohanova defeated Marianna Zakarlyuk’s decent run.

Today’s full quarter-final line-ups are as follows:

Boys’ Singles

Hugo DELLIEN (BOL) (1) vs. Thiago Moura MONTEIRO (BRA) (11)

Mate PAVIC (CRO) (4) vs. Patrick OFNER (AUT)

Filip HORANSKY (SVK) (7) vs. Bjorn FRATANGELO (USA)

Joao Pedro SORGI (BRA) (8) vs. Dominic THIEM (AUT) (2)

Girls’ Singles

Irina KHROMACHEVA (RUS) (1) vs. Ganna POZNIKHIRENKO (UKR) (8)

Natalija KOSTIC (SRB) (3) vs. Elizaveta KULICHKOVA (RUS)

Iva MEKOVEC (CRO) vs. Montserrat GONZALEZ (PAR) (4)

Danka KOVINIC (MNE) (6) vs. Petra ROHANOVA (CZE)

For all the four racket lowdown, checkout the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles semi-final line-ups and quarter-final scores.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Day 3

After an unpredictable couple of days, it was back to business for the top seeded boys and girls at the Trofeo Bonfiglio as the third round line-ups were completed.

The only player of real shock to be in the girls’ last 16 is Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia who overcame Zarah Razafimahatratra, the Madagascan 16th seed, in round two.

Haddad Maia’s 15th birthday is coming up at the end of the month and at 177 on the junior rankings she could be challenging the top junior players on a regular basis soon enough.

Another qualifier revelling in tournament success is Iva Mekovec. The 16-year-old Croatian is ranked well outside the top 300 on the junior circuit but after reaching the quarter-finals of an $10,000 ITF event last month, only ninth seed Sofiya Kovalets stands in her way of another last eight spot.

Three all-seeded affairs are taking place today with Irina Khromacheva (1) vs. Anett Kontaveit (15), Natalija Kostic (3) vs. Ilona Kremen (14) and Danka Kovinic (6) vs. Jovana Jaksic (11) after all six won in straight sets.

After losing the first set to love, the home crowd’s attention will be on qualifier Lorenza Stefanelli as she is the only Italian left in either boys or girls draws after eventually coming through her second round match against Viktoriya Tomova 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.

That will tell you Antonio Campo failed to win his match in the boys’ event but he put up a spirited display against third seed Oliver Golding with the Brit eventually winning 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2.

Stefano Napolitano and Mikhail Vaks had caused upsets in the first round but neither made it to the third, Vladyslav Manafov and Filip Peliwo coming out on top.

Top seed Hugo Dellien made it through despite dropping the first set while second seed Dominic Thiem enjoyed a more comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win.

To see all the boys’ singles and girls’ singles scores, results and matches then the ITF website has a rundown of the entire second round.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Day 2

The seeds continued to drop on Day 2 of the Trofeo Bonfiglio with Brazilian Bruno Sant’anna, in particular, having a tournament to forget.

Not only did he lose his doubles match alongside compatriot Thiago Moura Monteiro but the tenth seed and junior world number 14 also crashed out of the first round in the singles draw, losing 6-1, 6-1 to Russian qualifier Mikhail Vaks.

Shane Vinsant (14) lost to Belarus’ Yaraslau Shyla and that proved to be the last shock of the first round results but as those were being completed some second round matches provided further big-name defeats.

On Day 1 it was the Italians who crushed the seeds but Americans Alexios Halebian and Bjorn Fratangelo were the giant killers this time.

Ninth seed Luke Saville of Australia succumbed to Halebian 6-1, 6-4 whilst Fratangelo beat Croatian Mate Delic 7-5, 6-2.

In the latter match Delic had been given the lowest seeding of sixteen but with Frantangelo sat one place below him in the rankings it wasn’t a huge upset.

German Robin Kern also knocked out Nikola Milojevic (15) but Mate Pavic (4), Andrew Whittington (5), Filip Horansky (7) and Joao Pedro Sorgi (8) all made it to the third round.

Unfortunately for the home crowd Gianluigi Quinzi couldn’t replicate his first round heroics as he fell to Patrick Ofner.

Oliver Golding will take on Antonio Campo, one of two remaining Italian players in the boys’ event today looking to avenge his British companions’ defeats on Monday. Top seeds Hugo Dellien and Dominic Thiem are also in second round action later.

Oliver Golding (GBR)

In the girls’ draw the biggest surprise was seventh seed Victoria Bosio’s second round defeat. The 16-year-old Argentine lost 6-3, 6-4 to Russian Elizaveta Kulichkova.

Czech twelfth seed Jesika Maleckova fell to Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova in the first round but elsewhere most of the top seeds won their second round matches with relative ease.

Eugenie Bouchard and Chantal Skamlova will want to leave Milan sharply after the pair lost out in the doubles to coincide with both their first round defeats.

Looking for someone I missed? The drawsheets for the boys’ singles and girls’ singles are still available and updated everyday via the Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa website as well as the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles events.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Day 1

WOW Challenger Pro-Am There were surprises aplenty on the first day of the Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan and none came more of a shock than Eugenie Bouchard’s first round exit.

The 17-year-old Canadian was the number two seed and as the highest ranked girl on the WTA tour to be competing was seen as one of the favourites as well as a future star of tennis.

But this year’s girls’ Australian Open semi-finalist couldn’t defeat 14-year-old Ukrainian Marianna Zakarlyuk despite winning the first set rather comfortably.

It was a great day for Chiara Mendo too as the Italian wildcard, ranked #912 on the junior circuit, beat thirteenth seed Chantal Skamlova. That being said, Mendo is #774 on the WTA tour so the figures are a little misleading but she would have enjoyed the win in front of her home crowd.

Elsewhere in the girls’ draw the top seeds struggled somewhat against their lower ranked opponents.

Fifth seed Miho Kowase was brushed aside in her opening match. The Japanese 16-year-old lost 1-6, 1-6 to Romania’s Elena-Teodora Cadar who was ranked 44 places below her opponent.

Russian Irina Khromacheva was taken to a tiebreak in the second set during her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Sasnovich may have been drawing inspiration from fellow Belarussian and former Trofeo Bonfiglio finalist Victoria Azarenka but it wasn’t enough to see off top seed Khromacheva.

Serbian world junior number eight and third seed Natalija Kostic was also taken to three sets but beat Katharina Lehnert of Germany with relative ease after losing the first.

In the boys’ singles there were more expected formalities. Almost all of the top seeds made it through relatively unscathed but British tennis had a disappointing day at the hands of the home favourites.

George Morgan (8) and Liam Broady (12) lost to Italian wildcards Gianluigi Quinzi and Stefano Napolitano respectively.  Broady will be particularly irked after being beaten in a last set tiebreak but Morgan’s defeat in straights will no doubt annoy him also.

British tennis fans will be hoping their future ATP World Tour prospect Oliver Golding can provide some joy in his first round match against Chilean qualifier Rodrigo Encinas today.

For a full rundown of yesterday’s results and today’s match-ups then a document is up on the Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa website for both the boys’ singles and girls’ singles. The boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles draws are also available if that’s more your scene. (Some translating may be required, but thankfully there’s Google.)

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Main Draw

The qualifying rounds of the Trofeo Bonfiglio have all been played over the weekend and the main draw for both the boys and girls is now complete.

Only four seeds survived in the girls qualifying and they were joined by three Italians and Croatian Iva Mekovec to make up the eight extra places in the 64-player draw.

Aslan Karatsev, the boys’ top seed in qualifying, lost out in the second round to Alberto Cammarata who then managed to win his third round match to enter the main draw in front of his home crowd.

As always, big-name junior players have travelled to Milan to take part including seven of the world’s top ten ranked boys.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, 17, is already in the WTA’s top 400 ahead of girls ranking leader An-Sophie Mestach, who is attending the Brussels Ladies Open in her home country.

The main draws in full are:

Boys’ Singles – 1st Round

Hugo DELLIEN (BOL) (1) vs Luca PANCALDI (ITA)

Karim HOSSAM (EGY) vs Enzo COUACAUD (FRA)

Kimmer COPPEJANS (BEL) vs Maxim DUBARENCO (MDA)

Yaraslau SHYLA (BLR) vs Shane VINSANT (USA) (14)

Thiago Moura MONTEIRO (BRA) (11) vs Connor FARREN (USA)

Jae Hwan KIM (KOR) vs Francisco ZAMBON (BRA)

Luke BAMBRIDGE (GBR) vs Amerigo CONTINI (ITA)

Wayne MONTGOMERY (RSA) vs Andrew WHITTINGTON (AUS) (5)

Mate PAVIC (CRO) (4) vs Filippo BALDI (ITA)

Gonzalo LAMA (CHI) vs Stefan LINDMARK (SWE)

Robin KERN (GER) vs Mac STYSLINGER (USA)

Frederico Ferreira SILVA (POR) vs Nikola MILOJEVIC (SRB) (15)

Bruno SANT’ANNA (BRA) (10) vs Mikhail VAKS (RUS)

Filip PELIWO (CAN) vs Alberto CAMMARATA (ITA)

Luis PATINO (MEX) vs Patrick OFNER (AUT)

Gianluigi QUINZI (ITA) vs George MORGAN (GBR) (6)

Filip HORANSKY (SVK) (7) vs Antonio MASTRELIA (ITA)

Benjamin UGARTE (CHI) vs Lucas POUILLE (FRA)

Alexios HALEBIAN (USA) vs Pedja KRSTIN (SRB)

Dennis NOVAK (AUT) vs Luke SAVILLE (AUS) (9)

Mate DELIC (CRO) (16) vs Gabriel Vicentini PEREIRA (BRA)

Bjorn FRATANGELO (USA) vs Marco Aurei NUNEZ (MEX)

Federico MACCARI (ITA) vs Antonio CAMPO (ITA)

Rodrigo ENCINAS (CHI) vs Oliver GOLDING (GBR) (3)

Joao Pedro SORGI (BRA) (8) vs Julien CAGNINA (BEL)

Kaichi UCHIDA (JPN) vs Marcos GIRON (USA)

Vladyslav MANAFOV (UKR) vs Juan Pablo MURRA (MEX)

Stefano NAPOLITANO (ITA) vs Liam BROADY (GBR) (12)

Diego HIDALGO (ECU) (13) vs Benjamin LOCK (ZIM)

Ben WAGLAND (AUS) vs Matias SBOROWITZ (CHI)

Laurent LOKOLI (FRA) vs Pietro LICCIARDI (ITA)

Mitchell KRUEGER (USA) vs Dominic THIEM (AUT) (2)

Girls’ Singles – 1st Round

Irina KHROMACHEVA (RUS) (1) vs Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR)

Francesca PALMIGIANO (ITA) vs Estelle CASCINO (FRA)

Eri HOZUMI (JPN) vs Patricia KU FLORES (PER)

Stephanie NAUTA (USA) vs Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) (15)

Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) (12) vs Viktoriya TOMOVA (BUL)

Anaeve PAIN (CAL) vs Lorenza STEFANELLI (ITA)

Sara ECCEL (ITA) vs Indy DE VROOME (NED)

Miyu KATO (JPN) vs Ganna POZNIKHIRENKO (UKR) (8)

Natalija KOSTIC (SRB) (3) vs Katharina LEHNERT (GER)

Patricia Maria TIG (ROU) vs Yana SIZIKOVA (RUS)

Deborah KERFS (BEL) vs Makoto NINOMIYA (JPN)

Valeria DETOGNI (ITA) vs Ilona KREMEN (BLR) (14)

Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) (10) vs Sabina SHARIPOVA (UZB)

Marcela ZACARIAS (MEX) vs Carol ZHAO (CAN)

Elizaveta KULICHKOVA (RUS) vs Camilla ROSATELLO (ITA)

Christina MAKAROVA (USA) vs Victoria BOSIO (ARG) (7)

Miho KOWASE (JPN) (5) vs Elena-Teodora CADAR (ROU)

Iva MEKOVEC (CRO) vs Liubov VASILYEVA (RUS)

Marine PARTAUD (FRA) vs Beatrice SAVIGNONE (ITA)

Giorgia MARCHETTI (ITA) vs Sofiya KOVALETS (UKR) (9)

Zarah RAZAFIMAHATRATRA (MAD) (16) vs Domenica GONZALEZ (ECU)

Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) vs Tristen Z. DEWAR (USA)

Sonja LARSEN (GER) vs Victoria KAN (RUS)

Georgia BRESCIA (ITA) vs Montserrat GONZALEZ (PAR) (4)

Danka KOVINIC (MNE) (6) vs Ana Sofia SANCHEZ (MEX)

Natallia VAVULINA (BLR) vs Angelica MORATELLI (ITA)

Laura GULBE (LAT) vs Risa OZAKI (JPN)

Megane BIANCO (SUI) vs Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) (11)

Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) (13) vs Chiara MENDO (ITA)

Eleanor DEAN (GBR) vs Petra ROHANOVA (CZE)

Marina MARGULIS (RUS) vs Ekaterina SEMENOVA (RUS)

Marianna ZAKARLYUK (UKR) vs Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN) (2)

Keep checking back to Ace of Baseline all week for the news and results from the Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011

The Trofeo Bonfiglio, or Italian Open to you and me, will start in Milan on May 16th with several boys and girls of the future competing.

The junior clay court tournament is into its 52nd year and is one of five Grade A events, the highest ranked after the four Grand Slams.

Previous winners include Ivan Lendl,  Gabriela Sabatini and Goran Ivanisevic with modern top 100 players Nicolas Almagro, Kaia Kanepi and Dominika Cibulkova also victorious in the past.

As well as the winners Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Robin Soderling, Caroline Woznaicki, Victoria Azarenka, Francesca Schiavone and a whole host of other top ATP and WTA stars have participated.

Qualifying gets underway today. It’s mostly made up of Italians and a lot of boys called Andrea but if you’d like to see the 1st round qualifying draws in full then the ITF website has both the boys’ and girls’ singles.

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