04 Jul 2012

Juniors work overtime


NEWS ARTICLE

By  Sandy Harwitt

Photo: Susan MullaneAntonia Lottner (GER)

It turned into a lesson in survival for the juniors on Wednesday when the players had to make up for the lost time from two days of disrupting rain.

Quite a number of the players had to play second round and third round matches to allow the junior schedule to get back on track. Players had to also start competing in the junior doubles competition that was already two days delayed.

So, if you were a winner it just meant more time on the court. Not such a bad thing to experience for a youngster as it’s reminiscent of the grind the pro circuit can demand.

For German wildcard recipient Antonia Lottner it was a first time experience playing two matches in one day. The 15-year-old first upended second-seeded Elizaveta Kulichkova 57 63 64 in the second round. She did have lunch and a rub down from the physiotherapist before she went out and defeated qualifier Ipek Soylu of Turkey 64 61.

“I’m really happy,” Lottner said. “The first match was really intense so I was really tired. The physio was refreshing my legs so I’d be good for the second set.”

Lottner reached the semifinals of the recent Roland Garros junior girls’ tournament. But at 1.84m tall she likes to take control of a match so grass is well suiting. “I think I’m playing aggressive,” Lottner said. “I love playing at the net volleys and everything.” The unseeded Lottner will play fifth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.

Bouchard of Canada also came through two matches to reach the quarterfinals. She scored a 61 64 third round win over unseeded Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan.

In the casualty department was girls’ top seed Taylor Townsend, who did not end up having a happy Fourth of July. She won her second round match, but then faltered 64 63 to 14th-seeded Francoise Abanda of Canada.

Eighth-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia, who will play Abanda in the quarterfinals, beat 12th-seeded Indy De Vroome of the Netherlands 63 57 62.

Third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine took a 76 (2) 36 62 third round win over 13th-seeded Alexandra Kiick of the USA. Svitolina will play Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan in the quarters. Sharipova upset sixth-seeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

The 11th-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia made her way to the quarterfinals with a 76 (6) 76 (6) win over seventh-seeded Sachia Vikery of USA. Kontaveit will play 16th-seeded Ana Konjuh of Croatia in the quarters. Konjuh beat Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay 64 64.

In boy’s action, a few seeds who had already reached the third round were saved the two match schedule and moved into the quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded FIlip Peliwo of Canada was a 62 62 winner over Pietro Licciardi of Italy. Third-seeded Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy came through when 13th-seeded Julien Cagnina of Belgium retired with Quinzi leading 61 31 in their third round encounter.

Top-seeded Luke Saville defeated Briton Luke Bambridge 76 (4) 64 to move into the quarterfinals. Saville will next play sixth-seeded Nikola Milojevic, who beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of USA 46 63 63.

Second-seeded Kimmer Coppejans won two matches on Wednesday, moving into the quarterfinals with a 61 67 (4) 64 win over 16th-seeded Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal. He’ll face eighth-seeded Mitchell Krueger of USA, who defeated 11th-seeded Stefano Napolitano of Italy 76 (7) 64.

Fifth-seeded Liam Broady  of Great Britain was sent packing 76 (4) 63 by Enzo Couacaud of France. Couacaud will play Peliwo in the next match.

Seventh’seeded Kaichi Uchida of Japan fell to Nick Kyrgios of Australia 75 62. Kyrgios will play Quinzi in the quarterfinals.



Photos

  • Antonia Lottner (GER)Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • Nikola Milojevic (SRB)Mitchell Krueger (USA)
  • Anett Kontaveit (EST)Indy De Vroome (NED)
  • Kimmer Coopejans (BEL)Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  • Francoise Abanda (CAN)Taylor Townsend (USA)
  • Jordan Thompson (AUS)Donna Vekic (CRO)

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