Photo: Marcelo RuschelOrlando Luz (BRA)
Orlando Luz of Brazil and Jaume Antoni Munar Clar of Spain, the top two seeds this week at the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio tournament in Milan, Italy,came through first round matches in straight sets on Monday. Nevertheless, both Luz and Munar Clar had to work hard for their victories as neither of their Italian wildcard opponents surrendered without a fight.
Luz, who won the first Grade A event of the year at Porto Alegre, Brazil in March, secured a 75 62 win over Marco Mosciatti. In the first set, Mosciatti actually led 53 and had two set points on his own serve in the ninth game before losing the game. Luz went on to win the next four games to take the set and went up 41 with three service breaks in the second set.
Munar Clar had to bide his time against Gian Marco Moroni to come up with his 64 75 first round win. Play stayed even in the first set until Munar finally took advantage of a weak service game by Moroni in the 10th game to claim the vital break. The second set featured five service breaks and Munar scored the final service break in the last game to take the match.
Unfortunately, third seed Duck Hee Lee of Korea saw his Trofeo Boniglio end in the first match in the singles. Russian Alexander Bublik came away with the 75 06 61 win.
A number of other boys’seeds joined Lee on the sidelines after failing to earn first round victories. These included 11th seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia was upset by Jordi Arconada of Argentina 75 76(4), 15th seed Clement Geens of Belgium, who reached the Porto Alegre final, went out to Alex Rybakov of USA 61 36 75, and 16th seed Lucas Miedler of Austria lost to Martin Blasko of Slovakia 63 57 64.
Tornado Alicia Black was very impressive in her 60 61 win over Verena Hofer of Italy in the opening round. She won the first 11games of the 66 minute match before she surrendered her own serve.
Joining Black in the second round will be top seed Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov of Spain, who defeated Domeica Gonzalez of Ecuador 61 61. Two top Russian seeds also delivered first round victories, including third seed Darya Kasatkina who scored a 62 61 victory over Olivia Tjandramula of Australia and fourth seed Anastasiya Komardina who took a 61 76(4) victory over Italian wildcard recipient Frederica Prati.
In the Kasatkina match, the first five games delivered service breaks but with the Russian having the upper-hand at 32 with a break. Kasatkina broke serve again in the seventh game to secure the first set.
She maintained the momentum into the second set, only dropping one game on the way to victory.
There were a number of girls’seeds that were upset during Monday’s opening day of action. Among the surprised seeds were 11th seed Anna Bondar of Hungary falling to Bianci Turati of Italy 63 64 and 12th seed Priscilla Hon of Australia defeated by Helen Ploskina of Ukraine. Also 13th seed Jana Fett of Croatia lost 61 60 to Lucie Warnier of France, and 16th seed You Xiaodi of China went down to Tami Grende of Indonesia 75 46 64.