French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 4

If you thought the women’s singles were full of shocks at the French Open then take a look at the boys’ event which just keeps on giving.

Despite starting with 18 of the world’s top 20 four days ago there are only two left. Three of the top 10 boys juniors were knocked out on Day 4 including this year’s Trofeo Bonfiglio winner Filip Horansky.

The Slovakian third seed lost to Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 and Thiem is now the second highest seed left in the tournament as number 14.

Joao Pedro Sorgi (10) joined Tiago Fernandes (6), Thiago Moura Monteiro (13) and Bruno Sant’anna (16) through the exit doors in a disappointing tournament for Brazil as all of their seeded players were dumped out before the quarter-final stage.

Sorgi was trounced 6-1, 6-1 by Spaniard Oriol Roca Batalla who will now face Thiem for a semi-final berth.

There was mixed fortunes for America as Bjorn Fratangelo beat Belgian Joris De Loore in two tiebreak sets but Oliver Golding of Great Britain also defeated Marcos Giron in the only three set match of the day.

As fourth seed, Golding can now be considered favourite to win the French Open juniors but will now play Fratangelo in a re-match of the Trofeo Bonfiglio quarter-final in Milan where the American destroyed the world number four 6-2, 6-0.

Also through was Germany’s Robert Kern and Tristan Lamasine won the all-French affair between himself and Laurent Lokoli to join Day 3 third round winners Miki Jankovic and Mate Delic.

Oliver Golding (GBR)

The quarter-final line-up in the girls’ singles is laced with quality with the top five seeds all in the frame for a semi-final place.

It was close to being the top six seeds but Anett Kontaveit’s win over Danka Kovinic meant the Estonian became the only unseeded player in the last eight.

The 15-year-old will now play second seed Irina Khromacheva (2), who is on a run of 29 matches without defeat stretching back to mid-March and lasting through junior and ITF events.

An intriguing tie is Monica Puig (5) vs. Natalija Kostic (4) after both came through in three sets while Yulia Putintseva (7) against Caroline Garcia (3) is also set to be a high-quality match.

The quarter-final line-ups in full are:

Boys’ Singles

Miki Jankovic (SRB) vs. Mate Delic (CRO)

Dominic Thiem (AUT) [14] vs. Oriol Roca Batalla (ESP)

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs. Oliver Golding (GBR) [4]

Robin Kern (GER) vs. Tristan Lamasine (FRA)

Girls’ Singles

Daria Gavrilova (RUS) [1] vs. Ons Jabeur (TUN) [9]

Caroline Garcia (FRA) [3] vs. Yulia Putintseva (RUS) [7]

Monica Puig (PUR) [5] vs. Natalija Kostic (SRB) [4]

Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs.  Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [2]

Oliver Golding has also reached the quarter-finals of the boys’ doubles alongside Jiri Vesely and all the boys’ and girls’ doubles line-ups are available via the Roland Garros 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.

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