Orange Bowl 2011 – Day 4

The Podzus twins continued their excellent run at the 2011 Orange Bowl with both making it to the quarter-finals of a boys’ draw containing no American players.

The Latvian pair are ranked well outside the top 1500 and Janis produced, perhaps, the biggest win of his career as he took out Wimbledon finalist Liam Broady in straight sets. The 17-year-old won the first set on a tiebreak against the second seeded Brit and eventually the match 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 while brother Martins had to seal it in three with his victory over Germany’s Kevin Kaczynski.

Martins faces 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan following his hard-fought victory over Kai-Wen Lai and Janis will play Patrick Ofner next after the seventh seeded Austrian crushed wildcard Noah Rubin’s hopes of a quarter-final berth.

Rubin had been one of two American players left in the draw but all are now gone as 13th seed Alexios Halebian lost a tight three set match to Filip Peliwo. The Canadian takes on sixth seeded Belgian Julien Cagnina in his last eight encounter.

Cagnina was joined by fellow countryman and 10th seed Kimmer Coppejans after beating Borna Coric in three sets while top seed Dominic Thiem made light work of the lowest-ranked seed Hassan Ndayishimiye, coming out a 6-1, 6-4 winner.

Sachia Vickery (USA)

As the American boys fell, the girls thrived and created the possibility of an all-American semi-final match.

Wildcard Sachia Vickery bounced back from a first set bagel at the hands of sixth seed Zuzanna Maciejewska to claim a shock win over the reigning Osaka Mayor’s Cup champion. She now has a great chance of making the semi-finals as her potential opponent Romanian fourth seed Ilka Csoregi lost.

Russian 14-year-old Vavara Flink took total disregard of her age to claim her second seeded scalp of the tournament and Vickery should be wary as Flink knocked out home player Alexandra Kiick in the second round.

The USA were already guaranteed at least one player in the quarter-finals as Samantha Crawford won the all-American third round tie against Nadia Echeverria Alam but faces a tough task with Yulia Putintseva her next opponent.

The second seeded Russian kept up her record of not dropping a set so far as she took out Anna Danilina 7-5, 6-3 and is the only seeded player in the bottom half of the draw.

In contrast, the top half consists of the first, third, fifth and seventh seeds who all won in straight sets. Indy De Vroome knocked out the highest-ranked player left from the United States as she beat 16th seed Taylor Townsend 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

The full quarter-final line-up is as follows:

Boys’ Singles
Dominic THIEM (AUT) [1] vs. Kimmer COPPEJANS (BEL) [10]
Martins PODZUS (LAT) vs. Yoshihito NISHIOKA (JPN) [12]
Julien CAGNINA (BEL) [6] vs. Filip PELIWO (CAN)
Patrick OFNER (AUT) [7] vs. Janis PODZUS (LAT)

Girls’ Singles
Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN) [1] vs. Donna VEKIC (CRO) [7]
Indy DE VROOME (NED) [3] vs. Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [5]
Sachia VICKERY (USA) vs. Varvara FLINK (RUS)
Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) vs. Yulia PUTINTSEVA (RUS) [2]

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.

Wimbledon Juniors 2011 – Boys’ Singles Round-Up

With 19 of the top 20 ranked juniors in the world competing, the Wimbledon boys’ singles event had an abundance of names to look out for in the future. 

World number one Jiri Vesely was looking to add to the Australian Open crown he won earlier this year whilst form players going into the tournament included Roland Garros finalist Mate Delic, Gerry Weber Junior Open winner Dominic Thiem and Britain’s own Liam Broady, title-winner at the AEGON Junior International.

Here is a round-up of how the tournament progressed:

Round 1: Several seeds dropped in the opening round including Austrian Patrick Ofner (12), Spain’s Andres Artunedo Martinavarr (14), Joao Pedro Sorgi (11) and but the biggest was third seed Hugo Dellien who lost in straight sets to Kaichi Uchida of Japan. There was great joy for home supporters with British seeds George Morgan, Liam Broady and Oliver Golding joining wildcards Joshua Ward-Hibbert, Oliver Hudson, Evan Hoyt and Kyle Edmund in the second round. The latter beat Sorgi 6-3, 6-3.

Round 2: Britain’s delight soon turned to despair in the next round with only Liam Broady making it to the last 16. The prospects didn’t look good for Broady either as top seed Jiri Vesely awaited in the third round. Fourth seed Oliver Golding’s exit to wildcard Jason Kubler proved to be the biggest casualty of the day but more seeds lost including Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena (6), Australian Andrew Whittington (9) and Philippine Jeson Patrombon (13). Hassan Ndayishimiye, the first player from Burundi to play at the Championships, also went out.

Round 3: Only three seeds made it into the last eight and that didn’t include the top two seeds. Czech and junior world number one Jiri Vesely succumbed to Liam Broady 6-4, 7-5 and Brazil’s Thiago Moura Monteiro was defeated in the other half of the draw by Aussie 16th seed Luke Saville. Germany’s Robin Kern, who beat Andrew Whittington the previous round, continued his giant-killing exploits by taking out Filip Horansky (5) while seventh seed Dominic Thiem lost to Belgian Julien Cagnina 6-4, 6-2.

Quarter-finals: Liam Broady won a titanic last set against Robert Kern 13-11 to keep British hopes alive. Kaichi Uchida made it to the last eight and progressed further thanks to another struggle. The unseeded Japanese found himself a set down to eighth seed Mate Pavic but won a second set tiebreak 9-7 before taking the third 10-8. He joined the two Australians of Luke Saville and wildcard Jason Kubler in the semis after their wins over Joris De Loore and Julien Cagnina respectively.

Semi-finals: Liam Broady faced wildcard Jason Kubler, the man who took out his compatriot Oliver Golding but he was given the chance of becoming the first British winner of the Wimbledon boys’ singles since Stanley Matthews in 1962 after coming through 6-4, 6-3 in 79 minutes. His opponent in the final would be Luke Saville, who had also been to the final of his home major the Australian Open where he lost to Jiri Vesely. Saville beat Kaichi Uchida 6-4, 6-1 and recorded 31 to seven and never gave his opponent a break point opportunity.

Final: Liam Broady (15) vs. Luke Saville (16). British hearts were crushed as Saville emerged victorious despite being outplayed in the first set and almost getting blown away in the second. Broady was serving 6-2, 4-3 up before being broken and never won another game in the set. An incredible point panned out in the third set but with Broady failing to break back after going down 3-1 early on there was no way back and Britain’s hopes of a homegrown winner in Wimbledon’s 125th year were dashed.


To see the full list of results then a drawsheet is available via the official Wimbledon 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 – 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.)

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