Photo: Susan MullaneIndy De Vroome (NED)
The boys’ and girls’ singles quarter-final line-up is complete at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup - Super Junior Tennis Championships in Japan after an eventful Thursday at the ITF Junior Circuit Grade A event.
Jil Belen Teichmann of Switzerland created the story of day four at the Utsubo Tennis Center when she battled past second seed Ching-Wen Hsu of Chinese Tapei to earn a hard-fought 75 57 75 victory and set up what will now be a highly anticipated quarter-final meeting with Ayaka Okuno of Japan, seeded 11th.
Fifteen-year-old Teichmann currently has a combined ITF Junior Ranking of 670 (with a career high of 443) and has never previously reached the last eight of an event of this stature. Her best result of the 2012 ITF Junior Circuit season before this week was a run to the semi-finals of the Grade 3 Aphrodite Cup in Cyprus and her current win-loss ratio for the year is won 5, lost 6, so this week represents a significant breakthrough for the teenager.
Okuno earned her place in the last eight with a 57 64 62 win over Great Britain’s Katy Boulter. There was better news for Boulter’s compatriot (and namesake) Katy Dunne, the fifth seed in Osaka. Dunne was too strong for Erina Hayashi, beating the local player 63 61 to set up a quarter-final against Elise Mertens of Belgium, seeded three.
Top seed Katerina Siniakova of Russia and Indy De Vroome of Netherlands will face on in the quarters after Siniakova beat Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 63 64 and De Vroome eased past Hikari Yamamoto 63 64. Klaartje Liebens of Belgium and Karin Kennel (SUI), seeded eighth and fourth respectively, complete the girls’ singles quarter-final line-up.
In the boys’ singles competition ninth seed Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France earned arguably the win of the day when he fought his way to a 46 76(4) 60 win over sixth seed Anton Desyatnik of Russia. He will now face top seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios, whose strong form this week continued with a 61 60 demolition of Yusuke Takahashi of Japan.
Second seed Kaichi Uchida had to work far harder for his quarter-final berth, easing past Shotaro Goto of Japan 64 36 64 to set up a last eight clash with unseeded American Michael Mmoh. Mmoh proved too strong for Australian Omar Jasika in the third round, notching up a 63 64 win.
Third seed Nikola Milojevic (SRB) and Seong Chan Hong of Korea complete the set of quarter-finalists after both recorded comfortable victories on Thursday. Milojevic ran out a 62 62 winner for Duck-Hee Lee of Korea; while Hong beat experienced Australian Jay Andrijic 61 76(1).