15 Feb 2017

Appleton digs in to reach round two in Porto Alegre

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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Corinne DubreuilEmily Appleton (GBR)

Third seed Emily Appleton of Great Britain dug deep to move through to the second round at the Grade A Campeonato Internacional Juvenil de Tenis de Porto Alegre.

Seventeen-year-old Appleton recovered from a break in both sets to defeat Natalia Gasparin of Brazil 64 75 on Tuesday in the first junior Grade A event of 2017.

"It felt very good to be able to come back from 4-2 and 4-3 down,” Appleton said. “I feel very strong. My focus is hopefully on winning the tournament, it is a very important one and I like it here very much.”

Appleton is hoping for a successful week in both singles and doubles at Porto Alegre.

“I'm playing doubles as well, which is a bit tiring but good for practicing and to keep me going since I'm on a roll this week,” Appleton added.

The world junior No. 10 has enjoyed a great start to her 2017 campaign, entering this week's event with a 16-3 win-loss record in singles and 10-3 in doubles. She began the year winning the Coffee Bowl singles and doubles title and went on to reach the quarterfinals of the Traralgon and Australian Open tournaments in Australia, and the final of the Banana Bowl singles event.

Appleton will next play Ann Li of USA, who defeated Mylene Halemai of France 64 75, in round two.

The top two seeded girls - Amanda Anisimova of USA and Amina Anshba of Russia, respectively - were first round winners with identical 60 61 victories over Brazilian wildcard recipients on Monday. Anisimova defeated Nicole Beidacki, while Anshba ousted Laura Fink Wayerbacher.

Boys top seed Yshai Oliel withdrew from the tournament and was replaced by Brazilian lucky loser Bruno Pessoa, who defeated Franco Roncadelli of Uruguay 62 46 64 on Tuesday.

Second seed Yuta Shimizu of Japan had easy passage to the second round when Miguel Fernando Pereira of Chile gifted him with a walkover.

There were a number of seeds who fell in the boys’ and girls draw in the first round.

In boys’ action, fourth seed Sam Riffice of USA, sixth seed Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine of France, 10th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina, 13th seed Gabriel Decamps of Brazil and 14th seed Marko Miladinovic of Serbia didn’t make it to the second round.

In the girls’ draw, fifth seed Emiliana Arango of Colombia, 11th seed Fernande Labrana of Chile, 12th seed Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez of Mexico, and Draginja Vukovic of Serbia had lost in the first round.

Boys’ seeds to win on Tuesday are: No. 7 Oliver Crawford of USA, No. 9 Francisco Vittar of Argentina, No. 11 Gianni Ross of USA, and No. 15 Patrick Kypson of USA.

Girls’ seeds to win on Tuesday are: No. 6 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia, No. 8 Lee Yang of Taipei, No. 9 Whitney Osuigwe of USA.