MILAN, ITALY: It has proved to be an unpredictable Italian Open so far and that trend continued on Tuesday at the historic Grade A event when top seed and 2011 Junior Wimbledon runner-up Liam Broady was defeated emphatically in round two by Czech qualifier Tomas Papik 6-2 6-1.
Papik will be hoping to continue his giant-killing run when he faces Borna Coric of Croatia in round three but his was not the only upset win in the second round. The Netherlands' fourth seed Kimmer Coppeljans of Belgium also went out, this time at the hands of Laslo Dejere of Serbia, who notched up a 7-5 4-6 6-3 win and set up a meeting with potential title contender Federico Ferreira Silva (POR).
The tournament, best known around the world as the 53rd Trofeo Bonfiglio, is held in Milan and local players always attract keen support from the fans who flock to watch some of the biggest stars of the ITF Junior Circuit in action. Italians Gianluigi Quinzi and Stefano Napolitano did not disappoint the home fans and both progressed to the third round. Quinzi beat Brayden Schnur of Canada 6-4 6-3, while Napolitano had to battle to get past Alexander Favrot of France before eventually ekeing out a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win. Quinzi now faces Hyung Chung of Korea and Napolitano plays Temur Ismailov of Uzbekistan for a place in the quarter-finals.
There have been plenty of shocks in the girls draw in Milan too, with no seeds left at all in the top half of the draw and only four seeds left overall, with fourth seed Monserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay the highest ranked player still standing after three days of competition. Gonzalez lived up to her billing on Wednesday by beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 7-5 6-4 to set up a third round meeting with German qualifier Antonio Lottner.
American Sasha Vickery - seeded fourth - and twelfth seed Francesca Abada of Canada both also avoided upsets to keep their title hopes alive but will now play each other for a place in the quarter-finals. The winner of that match could face arguably the favourite for the Girls' title, Elizaveta Kulichova of Russia. Kulichova came through a fluctuating match against Zarah Razafimahatratra (MAD) 6-0 5-7 6-3 and now plays Croatian qualifier Bernarda Pera.
Play continues in Milan, with the tournament schedule to reach a conclusion on Sunday.