Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida
Three unseeded Brazilian boys’ - Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida, Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva and Gilbert Soares Klier Junior - made the most of home court advantage to reach the third round of the Grade A Campeonato Internacional Juvenil De Tenis De Porto Alegre on Wednesday.
The skies were not overly cooperative in Porto Alegre as heavy rain forced many of the later matches to be played on the indoor clay courts.
Pucinelli, who won’t turn 16 until April, was one of the players who finished his match under sunny and hot conditions. The 168th-ranked Brazilian teen ousted Juan Martin Jalif of Argentina 63 76(3). He was particularly proud of his three-hour victory because Jalif, who turned 18 last month, has more experience and is already ranked No. 70 on the ITF ladder.
“He is two years older than me and I was used to watching him play tournaments on categories above me,” Pucinelli said. “So I knew it would be really hard to get through this round, but I was able to keep strong even under the blazing sun.”
Pucinelli, who is coached by former Brazilian Davis Cup captain Francisco Costa, is through to the third round at a junior event for the second time this season, having also reached this stage at the Grade 1 Copa Barranquilla tournament.
Joining Pucinelli as second round winners are countryman Reis De Silva, who ousted fellow Brazilian Bruno Pessoa 63 61, and Soares Klier, who defeated Sergio Luis Hernandez Ramirez of Colombia 61 75.
Unfortunately, there will be no chance of a homegrown Brazilian girls’ singles champion this year. The two remaining Brazilian girls bowed out on Wednesday, most notably 10th seed Thaisa Grana Pedretti was upset by Moyuka Uchijima of Japan 64 64. The other Brazilian to lose was Ana Luiza Cruz, who fell to 15th seed Anastasia Iamachkine of Peru 75 64.
There were two additional upsets on Wednesday. In the boys’ draw, 16th seed Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic was upset by Sangeet Sridhar of USA 64 62, and in the girls, eighth seed Lee Yang of Taipei fell to Vanessa Ong of USA 63 60.
In the girls’ draw, the top two seeds continued on with confident straight sets, second round victories. Top seed Amanda Anisimova defeated Layne Sleeth of Canada 63 61, while second seed Amina Anshba of Russia ousted Katie Voynets of USA 62 62.
Other girls’ seeds to advance to the third round include No. 3 Emily Appleton of Great Britain, who defeated Ann Li of USA 63 76 (4), No. 4 Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina defeated Alexa Noel of USA 63 26 75, No. 6 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia defeated Victoria Lores of USA after the latter retired with the score at 63 57 1-1, No. 7 Sofia Sewing of USA defeated Paula Baranano of Argentina 61 46 64, No. 9 Whitney Osuigwe of USA defeated Kristina Novak of Slovakia 61 63, No. 14 Hailey Baptiste of USA defeated Maia Guillermina Haumuller of Argentina 76 (3) 63, and No. 16 Lulu Radovcic of Switzerland defeated Katya Townsend of USA 62 62.
Other boys’ seeds to advance to the third round are: No. 2 Yuta Shimizu of Japan, who defeated Joao Pedro Guedes Dos Santos of Brazil 62 63, No. 3 Vasil Kirkov of USA defeated Moerani Bouzige of Australia 57 75 62, No. 8 Trent Bryde of USA defeated Gabriel Ciro Da Silva of Brazil 63 75, No. 11 Gianni Ross of USA defeated Ignacio Antonio Becerra Otarola of Chile 64 60, No. 12 Danny Thomas of USA defeated Francisco Bastias of Argentina 62 62, and No. 15 Patrick Kypson of USA defeated Alejandro Hoyos Franco of Chile after the latter retired with the scores at 61 1-0.