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.

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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

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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