24 May 2017

Anshba moves into Trofeo Bonfiglio third round

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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Francesco PanunzioAmina Anshba (RUS)

As tennis draws often work out some players are competing a round ahead of others and the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio, a premiere Grade A junior tournament taking place in Milan, Italy this week, is no different.

As it turns out, seven girls and seven boys have already played their second round matches, while the remainder of Tuesday’s singles matches were to complete the first round.

Chief among the girls already into the third round is second seed Amina Anshba of Russia, the highest seed remaining in the draw. Anshba had little trouble bypassing Lulu Sun of Switzerland 63 62 to gain a third round slot where she’ll face Ann Li of USA. The unseeded Li came through a 36 62 76 (5) battle against Thaisa Grana Pedretti of Brazil.

Anshba is familiar with this prestigious Milan-based event - she fell in the semifinals to eventual champion and fellow Russian Olesya Pervushina last year. Pervushina lost her opportunity to successfully defend her Trofeo Bonfiglio title when she was upset by Elysia Bolton of USA in a three-set, first round encounter on Monday.

The 13th-ranked Anshba, a talented lefty, won three European tournaments of note last year in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. This year, her best junior showing was reaching the quarterfinals at the first Grade A event of the season at Porto Alegre.

Eighth seed Iga Swiatek of Poland is another player who joined Anshba in the third round after posting a 60 63 win over Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen of Norway on Tuesday.

Swiatek, who lost in the Trofeo Bonfiglio first round in 2016, came to notice last fall when she led Poland to its first ever Junior Fed Cup title. Predominantly backed up by Maja Chwalkinska, the fourth seeds upset Russia and the USA in the semifinals and finals, respectively.

Swiatek started 2017 in grand style when she won the Traralgon title, a Down Under event that is considered the Australian Open tune-up tournament.

Sixth seed Whitney Osuigwe of USA also carved a path to the third round with a 62 62 win over Paula Arias Manjon of Spain.

Of particular note for the local crowd, 63rd-ranked Tatiana Pieri of Italy is the first Italian player in the girls’ or boys’ competition to reach the third round. Pieri scored a 61 63 second-round win over Anhzelika Isaeva of Russia. Pieri, who hails from the Tuscany town of Barga Lucca, won the Grade 2 Florence, Italy tournament in April.

The boys’ draw took another significant hit on Tuesday when second seed Hsu Yu Hsiou of Taipei was upset by American qualifier Sangeet Sridhar 16 63 75 in the first round. On Monday, top seed Wu Yibing fell to Tseng Chun Hsin of Taipei in a lopsided 61 61 scoreline.

The 107th-ranked Sridhar, who played on the 2016 USA team at the Junior Davis Cup, has reached two quarterfinal rounds this season, at the Grade 1 Coffee Bowl and Grade 2 Prato, Italy event.

Four of the seven boys to journey to the third round are seeded players.

Ninth seed Sebastian Baez of Argentina captured a 61 64 second round win over Nikolay Vylegzhanin of Russia, 10th seed Rudolf Molleker of Germany was a 61 64 winner over Sergio Luis Hernandez Ramires of Colombia, 12th seed Duarte Vale of Portugal defeated Italian wildcard Alberto Fossati 63 67 (7) 62, and 14th seed Alexei Popyrin of Australia survived a 67 (6) 76 (5) 64 marathon over Axel Geller of Argentina.