Filip Peliwo Wins Boys’ Singles Title

Just a day after Eugenie Bouchard became the 1st Canadian winner of a Grand Slam in Singles, Filip Peliwo completed the double with a shock victory over defending champion and No.1 seed Luke Saville in straight sets 7-5 6-4 to become the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles Champion.

After going down an early break, Peliwo reeled off four games in a row to take the first set 7-5 from 3-5 down. The second set followed much the same pattern with Peliwo recovering from an early break to finish off in style with an ace on championship point. In taking the title he will also take over the Junior No.1 ranking from his opponent.

With this victory Canadian juniors took home three of the four titles available as Eugenie Bouchard and American Taylor Townsend picked up the Girls’ Doubles title with a 6-4 6-3 victory of Ana Konjuh and Belinda Bencic.

Eugenie Bouchard Wins Wimbledon Girls’ Singles

In what will be her last Wimbledon as a Junior, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard picked up the Girls’ Singles title with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. On her way to the final Bouchard defeated the likes of Antonia Lottner and Anett Kontaveit dropping just one set. In a commanding display the Canadian was broke just once with an impressive winners to unforced errors ratio of 21 and 14.

Bouchard’s title is the first for a Canadian in a singles event at a Grand Slam and was the first final for any Canadian woman in 18 years. Her success is not just restricted to the singles circuit either, having teamed up with Taylor Townsend to reach the Girls’ Doubles final in which she will face Belinda Bencic and Ana Konjuh in an attempt to achieve an impressive double. Filip Peliwo also has a chance to bring Canada more success when he takes on the defending champion and No.1 seed Luke Saville in the Boys’ Singles final.

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Eugenie has on the main tour and the victories in two Swedish ITF’s in May can only be promising for her. As with all Junior champions, she can look forward to at least a Qualifying Wild Card for next years tournament.

Orange Bowl 2011 – Quarter-finals

Only one American player remains in the 2011 Orange Bowl as the run of the Podzus twins came to an abrupt end at the quarter-final stage.

Sachia Vickery is the last home player in the tournament after she overcame 14-year-old Russian Varvara Flink in a match that went right down to the wire.

Wildcard Vickery lost the first set 6-2 but levelled things with a 6-3 win in the second. Both players failed to take a stranglehold on the match and went into a tiebreak third set which Vickery claimed 7-4.

Her compatriot Samantha Crawford had the opportunity of guaranteeing a US player in the final but she couldn’t stop second seed Yulia Putintseva despite another three set encounter.

The Russian had yet to drop a set and looked to be keeping that record intact when she edged the first set 7-5. Crawford hit back though and forced a decider with a 6-4 second set scoreline. However, Putintseva’s quality prevailed and she took the match 6-3 in the third.

The intriguing tie between Dutch third seed Indy De Vroome and Estonian fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also went the distance. Kontaveit went ahead with a 7-3 tiebreak first set before the world number nine showed her worth and won 6-2 in the second.

Her opponent had reached the French Open and last week’s Eddie Herr quarter-finals and thrived on the clay once again beating De Vroome 6-3 in the third to reach her first junior semi-final since July.

Top seed Eugenie Bouchard’s passage into the last four was more elementary than the other quarter-final matches. She dispatched of seventh seeded Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 and the Canadian now stands alone as the only player not to have dropped a set thus far.

Indy de Vroome (NED)

There was less excitement in the boys’ draw as all the matches were concluded in straight sets but there was still shock provided by the exit of sixth seeded Belgian Julien Cagnina. Filip Peliwo, who’s been in good form leading up to the tournament, made it a Canadian in each semi-final draw with his 6-1, 6-4 victory.

He’ll play Austrian Patrick Ofner after the seventh seed ended the dreams of Janis Podzus who took out Wimbledon finalist Liam Broady in the third round. Ofner had no mercy for his lowly-ranked opponent and crushed him 6-2, 6-0.

The Latvian’s twin sibling Martins proved that brothers do things in synch by leaving the competition too. He made a fight of it in the second set against 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka but the Japanese ultimately won 6-1, 7-5.

He’ll contest his semi-final bout with top seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who never looked troubled in his 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Belgium’s 10th seed Kimmer Coppejans.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles as well as the boys’ and girls’ doubles are available as drawsheets via the USTA website.

Orange Bowl 2011 – Main Draw

The final Grade A tournament of the year gets underway on Monday at the Frank Veltri Tennis Centre, Florida with a talented crop of youngsters partaking in the 65th anniversary of the prestigious Orange Bowl Championships.

Top seed in the boys’ draw is Austrian Dominic Thiem who will travel across the state from the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships where he claimed his second consecutive title in as many weeks.

The 18-year-old entered the event last year with the same title success and made the quarter-finals. He’ll be joined by Wimbledon finalist Liam Broady who is looking to keep the title in British hands after George Morgan’s triumph last year. Fourth seed Mitchell Krueger offers the best chance of a home champion.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard heads the list of girls at the tournament and the way she starts will be interesting after her retirement in last week’s Eddie Herr first round. Yulia Putintseva won that title in the end and enters as second seed.

Also fancying her chances of success will be Poland’s Zuzanna Maciejewska who won the last Grade A event in Japan while Alexandra Kiick and Taylor Townsend are trying to emulate the home joy that Lauren Davis provided in 2010.

The main draws in full are:

Boys’ Singles – 1st Round
Dominic THIEM (AUT) [1] vs. Luke BAMBRIDGE (GBR)
Vlad Victor CORNEA (ROU) vs. Connor FARREN (USA)
John Harrison RICHMOND (USA) vs. Hassan NDAYISHIMIYE (BDI) [16]
Kimmer COPPEJANS (BEL) [10] vs. Austin SIEGEL (USA)
Jordan ANGUS (GBR) vs. Pedro GUIMARAES (BRA)
Edward NGUYEN (CAN) vs. Borna CORIC (CRO)
William KWOK (USA) vs. Xin GAO (CHN) [8]
Mitchell KRUEGER (USA) [4] vs. Or RAM-HAREL (ISR)
Vasco MENSURADO (POR) vs. Martins PODZUS (LAT)
Mateo Nicolas MARTINEZ (ARG) vs. Joshua WARD-HIBBERT (GBR)
Kevin KACZYNSKI (GER) vs. Marco Aurelio NUNEZ (MEX) [14]
Yoshihito NISHIOKA (JPN) [12] vs. Spencer PAPA (USA)
Jeroen VANNESTE (BEL) vs. Krittin KOAYKUL (THA)
Kai-Wen LAI (TPE) vs. Daniel SANTOS (PER)
Trey STROBEL (USA) vs. Kyle EDMUND (GBR) [5]
Julien CAGNINA (BEL) [6] vs. Roy LEDERMAN (USA)
Evan HOYT (GBR) vs. Mazen OSAMA (EGY)
Ronnie SCHNEIDER (USA) vs. Pedja KRSTIN (SRB) [11]
Alexios HALEBIAN (USA) [13] vs. Joseph VAN DOOREN (BEL)
Sam HUTT (GBR) vs. Konstantin GERLAKH (RUS)
Filip PELIWO (CAN) vs. Rishabdev RAMAN (IND)
Harrison ADAMS (USA) vs. Robin KERN (GER) [3]
Patrick OFNER (AUT) [7] vs. Mackenzie MCDONALD (USA)
Jorge Brian PANTA HERREROS (PER) vs. Jonathan CORNISH (GBR)
Noah RUBIN (USA) vs. Karim HOSSAM (EGY) [9]
Stefan VINTI (ROU) [15] vs. Luis PILATUNA (MEX)
Alexander LEBEDYN (UKR) vs. Bernardo CASARES (BRA)
Jannis KAHLKE (GER) vs. Liam BROADY (GBR) [2]

Girls’ Singles – 1st Round
Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN) [1] vs. Peggy PORTER (USA)
Hayley CARTER (USA) vs. Deborah KERFS (BEL)
Chalena SCHOLL (USA) vs. Elizaveta KULICHKOVA (RUS) [13]
Christina MAKAROVA (USA) vs. Abbie MYERS (AUS)
Kendal WOODARD (USA) vs. Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE)
Megane BIANCO (SUI) vs. Donna VEKIC (CRO) [7]
Indy DE VROOME (NED) [3] vs. Krista HARDEBECK (USA)
Stefania HRISTOV (ROU) vs. Ferny ANGELES PAZ (PER)
Marina MARGULIS (RUS) vs. Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) [16]
Victoria KAN (RUS) [10] vs. Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR)
Clementina Eugenia RIOBUENO DE PAOLA (VEN) vs. Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA)
Kelsey LAURENTE (USA) vs. Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [5]
Zuzanna MACIEJEWSKA (POL) [6] vs. Belinda BENCIC (SUI)
Katy DUNNE (GBR) vs. Julia ELBABA (USA)
Sachia VICKERY (USA) vs. Diana BOGOLIY (UKR)
Stephanie NAUTA (USA) vs. Kathinka VON DEICHMANN (LIE) [9]
Alexandra KIICK (USA) [15] vs. Ioana DUCU (ROU)
Varvara FLINK (RUS) vs. Lynn CHI (USA)
Mayar SHERIF (EGY) vs. Karin KENNEL (SUI)
Breaunna ADDISON (USA) vs. Ilka CSOREGI (ROU) [4]
Viktoriya TOMOVA (BUL) vs. Kyle MCPHILLIPS (USA)
Carol ZHAO (CAN) [14] vs. Jennifer BRADY (USA)
Alejandra CISNEROS (MEX) vs. Anna DANILINA (KAZ)
Olga IANCHUK (UKR) vs. Catherine HARRISON (USA)
Barbara HAAS (AUT) vs. Yulia PUTINTSEVA (RUS) [2]

The results for boys’ and girls’ qualifying are available via the ITF website.

Thiem and Khromacheva take titles

Top seeds Dominic Thiem and Irina Khromacheva claimed the boys’ and girls’ singles titles at the XXV Yucatan Cup 2011 in Mexico after beating their second seeded opponents in the final.

Austria’s former French Open finalist Thiem inflicted a 6-2, 6-4 defeat on this year’s US Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, who had also played a role in Britain’s triumph at the Junior David Cup, to claim his second singles title of the season.

Khromacheva, meanwhile, chalked up her fourth title of 2011 after beating Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2. The Russian further cements her place at the top of the junior rankings despite not playing a junior event since the US Open but was prevented making it the perfect week when her opponents were handed a walkover in the doubles.

The Yucatan Cup is a Grade 1 hard court tournament and ranks only one below the junior Grand Slams and Grade A events. The Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships is also at Grade 1 and starts on Monday in Florida.

For a full list of this year’s Yucatan Cup winners and draws click here.

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




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)



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

Gonzalo LAMA (CHI) vs Stefan LINDMARK (SWE)


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

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


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)


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)



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)


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

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


Marine PARTAUD (FRA) vs Beatrice SAVIGNONE (ITA)

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


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.

Fed Cup 2011

An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) From April 16-17th the Fed Cup will be taking place in various locations across the globe with the World Group semi-finals pitting Russia against Italy and Belgium taking on the Czech Republic.

The event is great for the less experienced players to improve and get used to the atmosphere and pressure of high-quality matches.

Belgium in particular will be fielding a weaker team than in previous years after the retirement of Justine Henin and injury to Kim Clijsters.

Stepping in is An-Sophie Mestach, who is the world no.1 on the junior circuit, and another promising youngster in Alison van Uytvanck. Both have just turned 17 and they will join Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer in the Belgian line-up.

They will take on Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova with the latter putting in a dogged display against Caroline Wozniacki at Charleston this week.

For Russia, a strong team has been selected. World number three Vera Zvonareva and 2009 French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova will lead the team along with other familiar faces in Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova.

After current French Open champion Francesca Schiavone pulled out of the Fed Cup along with Flavia Pennetta, the Italians will find it tough to hold onto the trophy they’ve held for the past two years.

Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani, Alberta Brianti and Maria Elena Camerin have been given the task of claiming a third successive final appearance in the competition.

Elsewhere in the Fed Cup:

  • A young USA team including Melanie Oudin and Christina McHale will play a strong-looking Germany side in the World Group Play-Offs.
  • Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino of Canada will face another young talent in Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.
  • Bojana Jovanovski is unlikely to repeat her Heart Award heroics against Slovakia as Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic have returned for Serbia.

The full line-ups and fixtures for the weekend are available on the Fed Cup website.

Canadian Revolution

REBECCA MARINO Canadians are taking over the world right now.

Justin Bieber is the most famous teenager on the planet (possibly contested with Rebecca Black), Arcade Fire won a Brit and Grammy award recently and they also have rapper Drake.

That’s all coming from the music industry though. When it comes to sport, other than ice hockey and ‘Owen Hargreaves’, they are a bit light on top-class competitors. Luckily, Milos Raonic has stormed the ATP Tour this year and he’s also been joined by Rebecca Marino.

The WTA’s world number 58 is a French-speaking 20-year-old residing in Vancouver. Like her male counterpart she’s already been seen on Ace of Baseline before but only briefly.

She’s reached her highest ranking to date thanks to a final appearance in Memphis last month where she retired against Magdalena Rybarikova due to an abdominal injury picked up in the semi-finals.

Since then Marino has fallen at the first round stage of the BNP Paribas Open and the first qualifying round of the Sony Ericsson Open and with the oncoming clay court season we’ll have to wait and see if she can keep her progress going.

A regular tweeter and a devoutly proud Canadian her Twitter profile has her location down as “i’m oot and aboot, eh?”.

She’s yet to reach Wimbledon or Roland Garros’ main draw which is no doubt something she will aim to achieve come the end of spring.

She has however had experience at Fed Cup level and with herself and Raonic being the top Canadians out there there is a great future for their Hopman Cup team.

It’s helped also by strength in depth. Eugenie Bouchard is currently 374th in the world which is pretty good for a recently turned 17-year-old.

And remember the days when you couldn’t distinguish between Aleksandra Wozniak and Caroline Wozniacki? Well the former has dropped from no.21 to outside the top 100 whilst you may be able to guess where the latter currently situates.

Wozniak is the number two in Canada now and her predecessor has to make sure she doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

Marino doesn’t quite have as many followers as the Bieber yet but if she can recreate half of his success then she’ll be doing Canada even more proud.

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) Justin Bieber

Two 17-year-old Canadians… Can Eugenie Bouchard also put her country on the map?

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