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.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Quarter-finals

World number three and junior Wimbledon champion Luke Saville provided the biggest shock of the quarter-finals and perhaps the tournament as he lost to unseeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

For Pouille, it may not have been that great a surprise as the in-form 17-year-old had already taken out the likes of 12th seed Rishabdev Raman and seventh seed Herkko Pollanen before facing Aussie second seed Saville.

The two had previously met in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open where Saville came out on top but this time he was on the end of a 6-4, 6-4 defeat meaning the world number 131 is the only unseeded player in the last four of both the boys’ and girls’ draws.

Jiri Vesely is now in a prime position to add to the Australian Open crowd he secured against Saville in the final after beating another Aussie in the last eight. Andrew Harris (9) pushed the top seed close in the first set but the Czech won the tiebreak and ran away with the match 7-5, 6-0.

His opponent in the semi-finals will be tough. Home favourite and fourth seed Kaichi Uchida stands in his way of a third Grade A final of the year following his 6-3, 7-5 victory over compatriot Soichiro Moritani.

Australia does still have an interest in the event with Pouille taking on 14th seed Nick Kyrgios after he avenged his nation with a straight sets win against Gregoire Barrere of France.

There was more of a customary feel to the quarter-final matches in the girls’ event. The last four spaces have all been filled by seeds meaning the spirited runs of Katy Dunne, Justine De Sutter and in particular Japanese wildcard Yukato Noi have all ground to a halt.

Dunne was beaten by Polish 12th seed Zuzanna Maciejewska, De Sutter was crushed by Indian 13th seed Ratnika Batra while Noi put in a fighting performance but ultimately lost to fellow home player and seventh seed Makoto Ninomiya.

Kathinka Von Deichmann (6) of Liechtenstein completes the last four line-up after beating Olga Doroshina (16). She’ll take on Ninomiya with Maciejewska playing Batra.

There was better news for Saville in the doubles as him and Andrew Harris reached the final where they’ll face Jiri Vesely and Kaichi Uchida. The girls’ doubles final will be an all-Japanese affair as Miyu Kato and Riko Sawayanagi play Eri Hozumi and Mami Adachi.

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 ITF Juniors website.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Day 4

Japan are guaranteed to have a semi-finalist present in both the boys’ and girls’ singles of the Osaka Mayor’s Cup but there will only be one in each as eight out of 12 home players lost in the third round.

The biggest names to fall were in the girls’ draw. Second seed Miyu Kato and last year’s beaten finalist and third seed Miho Kowase were comprehensively beaten in straight sets.

India’s 13th seed Ratnika Batra defeated Kato 6-3, 6-4 while Russian 16th seed Olga Doroshina put in a remarkable performance to crush Kowase 6-3, 6-1.

They were also joined through the exit door by Nao Hibino as the ninth seed couldn’t handle former European Junior Championships quarter-finalist Kathinka Von Deichmann. The sixth seed from Liechtenstein won 6-1, 6-2.

Yukako Noi and Makoto Ninomiya did progress for the hosts though but seventh seed Ninomiya will now face wildcard Noi for that single semi-final berth.

There were other major upsets to report in the girls’ event.  Justine De Sutter came through two tiebreaks to see off Abbie Myers (11) while Katy Dunne continued her good run by claiming her second seeded scalp of the tournament in the form of Anna Tyulpa (4).

She’ll now face Zuzanna Maciejewska (12) who, like Dunne, progressed in three sets.

After losing the opening set of his tournament top seed Jiri Vesely now looks in imperious form in the boys’ competition having beaten 16th seed Joshua Ward-Hibbert after losing only two games.

Second seed Luke Saville secured a 6-4, 6-4 win and is also in good form having not lost a set thus far but third seed Nikola Milojevic is out after losing by the same scoreline to 14th seed Nick Kyrgios.

Saville and Kyrgios are one of three Aussies in the quarter-finals as fifth seed Pedja Kristen couldn’t exact revenge on Andrew Harris (9) following his fellow Serb Milojevic’s exit.

The Aussie pair of Saville and Kyrgios will both face French opponents after Gregoire Barrere and Lucas Pouille upset the odds by beating Xin Gao (6) and Herkko Pollanen (7) respectively.

Meanwhile, fourth seed and home favourite Kaichi Uchida will take on compatriot Soichiro Moritani for a place in the last four having reached the quarter-finals with straights sets wins.

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

Boys’ Singles

VESELY, Jiri (CZE) [1] vs. HARRIS, Andrew (AUS) [9]

UCHIDA, Kaichi (JPN) [4] vs. MORITANI, Soichiro (JPN)

BARRERE, Gregoire (FRA) vs. KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) [14]

POUILLE, Lucas (FRA) vs. SAVILLE, Luke (AUS) [2]

Girls’ Singles

NOI, Yukako (JPN) (W) vs. NINOMIYA, Makoto (JPN) [7]

DOROSHINA, Olga (RUS) [16] vs. VON DEICHMANN, Kathinka (LIE) [6]

MACIEJEWSKA, Zuzanna (POL) [12] vs. DUNNE, Katy (GBR)

DE SUTTER, Justine (BEL) vs. BATRA, Ratnika (IND) [13]

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 ITF Juniors website.

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.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Main Draw

As the ATP and WTA players conclude their tour of Asia it’s time for the juniors to show what they can do on the continent.

The Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan is the penultimate Grade A tournament of the year on the junior circuit and will feature an abundance of homegrown players.

Every single player in qualifying for boys and girls was of Japanese nationality and 65 have made it into the main draw in total.

The biggest name at the tournament this year is Czech Jiri Vesely. The boys’ world number one, 2011 Australian Open winner and US Open finalist joins Wimbledon champion Luke Saville as the favourite.

In contrast the girls’ draw lacks a main challenger. Top seed Ellen Allgurin is ranked 27th in the world so the Japanese players will feel their chance of a home victory is within their grasp.

The main draw in full is:

Boys’ Singles – 1st Round
VESELY, Jiri (CZE) [1] vs. KAWACHI, Kazuma (JPN)
GOTO, Shotaro (JPN) (W) vs. NGUYEN HOANG, Thien (VIE)
TAKAHASHI, Yusuke (JPN) (W) vs. HORIKIRI, Hiroki (JPN) (Q)
HORTON, Nicholas (AUS) vs. WARD-HIBBERT, Joshua (GBR) [16]
HARRIS, Andrew (AUS) [9] vs. TAKAGI, Satoshi (JPN) (Q)
LAI, Kai-Wen (TPE) vs. TSUNEMATSU, Takumi (JPN) (Q)
HIKINO, Masatoshi (JPN) vs. KRSTIN, Pedja (SRB) [5]
UCHIDA, Kaichi (JPN) [4] vs. WATANABE, Masashi (JPN) (Q)
ILKEL, Cem (TUR) vs. HOYT, Evan (GBR)
ONISHI, Ken (JPN) vs. MIOCIC, Franko (CRO)
STORME, James Junior (BEL) vs. FRAWLEY, James (AUS) [15]
KALOVELONIS, Markos (GRE) [11] vs. HILL, Tom (GBR)
UESUGI, Kaito (JPN) (Q) vs. YAMASAKI, Jumpei (JPN)
LEE, Jea Moon (KOR) vs. MORITANI, Soichiro (JPN)
NUMAJIRI, Keisuke (JPN) vs. COUACAUD, Enzo (FRA) [8]
GAO, Xin (CHN) [6] vs. TANUMA, RYOTA (JPN)
TAKEMOTO, Yusuke (JPN) (Q) vs. KATO, Ryusei (JPN) (Q)
BARRERE, Gregoire (FRA) vs. GRINTER, Jaden (NZL) [10]
KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) [14] vs. KURIBAYASHI, Souma (JPN) (W)
CORNISH, Jonathan (GBR) vs. SAITO, Takashi (JPN)
HO, Chih-Jen (TPE) vs. OIKAWA, Aiki (JPN)
KOAYKUL, Krittin (THA) vs. MILOJEVIC, Nikola (SRB) [3]
POLLANEN, Herkko (FIN) [7] vs. THOMPSON, Jordan (AUS)
HAN, Sung Min (KOR) vs. YOSHIDA, Genki (JPN)
JAO, Chi-Shan (TPE) vs. MATSUZAKI, Yutaro (JPN)
POUILLE, Lucas (FRA) vs. RAMAN, Rishabdev (IND) [12]
VANNESTE, Jeroen (BEL) [13] vs. TANIMOTO, Manato (JPN) (Q)
PAGE, Joshua (GBR) vs. OSAFUNE, Masaki (JPN) (W)
KATO, Shoma (JPN) (W) vs. SAVILLE, Luke (AUS) [2]

Girls’ Singles – 1st Round
ALLGURIN, Ellen (SWE) [1] vs. NOI, Yukako (JPN) (W)
HOZUMI, Eri (JPN) vs. SANKAEW, Napatsakorn (THA)
OKAWA, Mayu (JPN) vs. ZHANG, Yukun (CHN)
LIEBENS, Klaartje (BEL) vs. TSUJI, Kanami (JPN) [15]
FANNING, Emily (NZL) [10] vs. YAMAMOTO, Hikari (JPN)
VAIDYA, Kanika (IND) vs. AGATA, Reika (JPN) (Q)
TSAO, Fang-Chi (TPE) vs. NINOMIYA, Makoto (JPN) [7]
KOWASE, Miho (JPN) [3] vs. MURASE, Hayaka (JPN) (Q)
SHANKLE, Blair (USA) vs. MUKAI, Maria (JPN) (W)
SATO, Mayu (JPN) vs. SCOTT, Verena Jane (GBR)
KAJI, Haruka (JPN) vs. DOROSHINA, Olga (RUS) [16]
HIBINO, Nao (JPN) [9] vs. NAKASHIBA, Miki (JPN) (Q)
MALIK, Aarzoo (IND) vs. CHIMURA, Natsumi (JPN)
RUHRIG, Georgiana (AUS) vs. SAKAMOTO, Asuka (JPN)
ADACHI, Mami (JPN) vs. VON DEICHMANN, Kathinka (LIE) [6]
OZAKI, Risa (JPN) [5] vs. SZLAVIKOVICS, Szabina (HUN)
OKAMURA, Kyouka (JPN) (Q) vs. SAWAYANAGI, Riko (JPN)
HOPPER, Skye (AUS) vs. OHTA, Sanae (JPN)
AYUKAWA, Mana (JPN) vs. MACIEJEWSKA, Zuzanna (POL) [12]
LEMMENS, Elke (BEL) [14] vs. OGATA, Haine (JPN)
EMI, Yukino (JPN) vs. DUNNE, Katy (GBR)
PIIRTOLA, Petra (FIN) vs. MIYAZAKI, Yuriko (JPN)
LENERTZ, Celine (AUS) vs. TYULPA, Anna (RUS) [4]
OKUNO, Ayaka (JPN) [8] vs. DE SUTTER, Justine (BEL)
SOYLU, Ipek (TUR) vs. SAIGO, Yukina (JPN)
SONODA, Ayano (JPN) vs. MYERS, Abbie (AUS) [11]
BATRA, Ratnika (IND) [13] vs. YAMADA, Chieko (JPN)
KAKUYA, Akiho (JPN) (Q) vs. HIGASHI, Ayaka (JPN) (W)
SHUTO, Minami (JPN) (Q) vs. TERAMI, Karin (JPN) (Q)
HATAMORI, Misato (JPN) (Q) vs. KATO, Miyu (JPN) [2]

If you’d like to see which Japanese players missed out then a full rundown of boys’ and girls’ singles qualifying is available via the ITF Juniors 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 – 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.

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