26 May 2017

Timofey & Swiatek into Trofeo Bonfiglio semis

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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Francesco PanunzioTimofey Skatov (RUS)

Timofey Skatov of Russia and Iga Swiatek of Poland - two of the stars from last year’s Junior Davis and Fed Cup competitions - are showing great form this week as they reached the semifinals at the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio tournament on Friday.

The unseeded Skatov took down his third seeded player of the tournament when he upset fourth-seeded Trent Bryde of USA 76 (4) 64 in the quarterfinals. In the first round, he defeated 11th-seeded Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine of France, and in the third round he upset sixth-seeded Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi of Argentina.

If Skatov is going to find himself in the final he will have to bypass another seeded player in 14th-seeded Alexei Popyrin of Australia, who moved into the semifinals courtesy of a 64 36 64 quarterfinal win over seventh-seeded Jurij Rodionov of Austria.

At last year’s Junior Davis Cup tournament, Skatov was a key figure in Russia taking the title. He played seven matches and never suffered a loss at the competition played in Budapest, Hungary.

Popyrin arrived in Milan having captured his first junior trophy of the season at the Casablanca, Morocco tournament earlier this month.

The other boys’ semifinal will display the talents of 13th-seeded Oliver Crawford, the last American player standing, and 15th-seeded Marko Miladinovic of Serbia. Crawford ousted Uisung Park of Korea 64 62, while Miladinovic outlasted ninth-seeded Sebastian Baez of Argentina 62 76 (3).

The 17-year-old Crawford is having a successful year as he reached the Coffee Bowl final in Costa Rica early in the season, and now is into his third semifinal. He was also a semifinalist at the Grade A Porto Alegre and the USTA International Spring Championships.

The 16-year-old Miladinovic won the Banana Bowl tournament in Brazil earlier this year and was also a finalist at the recent Beaulieu-sur-Mer tournament in France.

The eighth-seeded Swiatek posted a 75 62 win over Ann Li of USA to earn her semifinal spot. Standing in the way of Swiatek picking up her second junior trophy of the season will be unseeded Lea Boskovic of Croatia, who out-gunned Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain 63 62 in the quarterfinals. Boskovic’s best showing of the season was being a finalist at the Perin Memorial tournament played in Croatia.

Swiatek, who will turn 16 at the end of May, won the Traralgon Junior International trophy in Australia at the beginning of the year.

At last year’s Junior Fed Cup event for the under-16 set, Swiatek was the leading player for Poland, which captured the prestigious international team competition for the first time in history. Swiatek played nine matches during the Fed Cup week - five singles and four doubles - and never was defeated.

The other girls’ semifinal will be an all-unseeded match between Elena Rybakina of Russia and Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland. Rybakina took out Liang En Shuo of Taipei 63 76 (1), while In-Albon upset sixth seed Whitney Osuigwe of USA 63 63.

The 66th-ranked In-Albon arrived in Milan to play the Trofeo Bonfiglio having just won the Santa Croce, Italy title. The 69th-ranked Rybakina’s best previous result of the season was journeying to the Australian Open semifinals.