25 May 2017

Seeds continue to fall in Milan


Photo: Francesco PanunzioYuki Niato (JPN)

Results from the early rounds of the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio continue to defy expectations, with only 4 seeded girls and 8 seeded boys making it through to the third round. The most notable upsets in the girls’ competition on the third day of play were those of 3rd seeded Kaja Juvan, the 2016 Grade A Orange Bowl winner, and 4th seeded Taylor Johnson, the 2017 Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano winner, defeated by Yuki Naito of Japan and Lea Boskovic of Croatia respectively. The early defeats of the top 4 seeds in the girls’ draw now mean that a first Grade A singles title is up for grabs for the 16 remaining competitors.

Following their second round victories, Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Spain’s Eva Guerrero Alvarez will now be considered as serious title winning contenders. Guerrero Alvarez is currently on a hot streak of form, having taken the titles at the recent Grade 1 33rd Perin Memorial and Grade 2 IV ITF Junior GRIP2 Tennis Academy Vinaros, as well as finishing runner up at the Grade 1 Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero. Osorio Serrano, the 7th seed in Milan, is also very much at home on the clay having taken the 2017 Copa Barranquilla title. Sofia Munera Sanchez was vying to make it two Colombians girls in the third round, but came up just short against Romania’s Mihaela Lorena Marculescu, losing 64 16 64.

Italy’s Federica Bilardo joined compatriot Tatiana Pieri in the 3rd round, following a 75 62 victory over 15th seeded Daniela Vismane of Latvia, keeping alive Italy’s hopes of a first home-grown winner since Antonella Serra Zanetti lifted the title in 1998.

Despite not winning a game in the opening set, Russia’s Elena Rybakina bounced back in style against China’s Xiyu Wang, to win 06 61 60.  Rybakina’s compatriot Varvara Gracheva also secured her spot in the third round following a comfortable 61 60 victory against Anastasia Iamachkine.  Elysia Bolton was unable to sustain the giant killing form which led to her defeat of the top seed Olesya Pervushina in the opening round, falling in the second round to Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland 63 62.

There will be a considerable US presence in the third round of the boys’ event, with a total of 5 American boys making it through to the third round of the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio. The US contingent is led by the 2017 Grade A Porto Alegre winner Trent Bryde, who will now be considered the tournament favourite following the retirement of 3rd seeded Yshai Oliel in his second round match whilst trailing USA’s Patrick Kypson by a set to love. Milan has not been a happy hunting ground for Israel’s Oliel, who was forced to retire from the Trofeo Bonfiglio for a second consecutive year.

Sangreet Sridhar and Chun Hsin Tseng, both backed up their surprise first round victories over the top two seeds, coming through hard fought 3 set matches in their second round encounters against Japan’s Toru Horie and USA’s Alexandre Rotsaert respectively. The 15 year old Tseng is starting to making quite some name for himself on the ITF Junior Circuit, having already won 3 titles in recent months, including the Grade 2 clay court tournaments in Cap d’Ail and Salsomaggiore.

Sebastian Korda, a 64 06 62 winner over 5th seeded Yuta Shimizu, and Oliver Crawford, who came back from the brink of defeat to score a 16 76(7) 64 victory over Maxence Broville of France, make up the 5 American winners on day 3.

There will be no Italian boys’ singles winner this year, following the defeat of Francesco Forti, the last remaining Italian in the draw, to 6th seeded Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi from Argentina. Mazzucchi, who can boast some impressive clay court credentials in his native South American region, will be considered one of the favourites for the title.

Rounding up the boys’ singles winners were 7th seeded Jurij Rodionov from Austria, a comfortable 62 63 winner over France’s Matteo Martineau and 15th seeded Marko Miladinovic from Serbia, a 64 46 62 winner over USA’s Lukas Greif.

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    • Yuki Niato (JPN)Marko Miladinovic (SRB)
    • Mihaela Lorena Marculescu (ROU)Tatiana Pieri (ITA)
    • Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE)Jurij Rodrionov (AUT)
    • Patrick Kypson (USA)Federica Bilardo (ITA)

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