23 May 2017

Top seeds Wu & Pervushina upset in Milan

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By Sandra Harwitt

Wu Yibing (CHN)

It was a shockingly unexpected opening day at the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan on Monday when the top seeds — Wu Yibing of China in the boys’ and Olesya Pervushina of Russia in the girls' - were upset in the first round.

For the second consecutive year, Wu disappointingly fell in the first round of the Grade A singles event in Milan. This year, he was taken out by No. 47 Tseng Chun Hsin of Taipei 61 61. The only other time they played was in Korea last fall - Wu was tested, but came through with a 75 76 (1) win.

The No. 3 Wu was participating in only his third junior tournament of the year, having played two in Australia in January where he reached the Australian Open semifinals.

The No. 2 Pervushina, playing in her first junior event of the season, was hoping to defend her 2016 Trofeo Bonfiglio title. That plan went by the wayside when she was stunned by No. 38 Elysia Bolton, a Sydney, Australia-born American, 36 75 60.

Bolton’s been playing impressive tennis this year having just reached the final at a Grade 1 tournament in Casablanca, Morocco, and was a semifinalist at the Grade A Porto Alegre, Brazil tournament as well as at the USTA International Spring Championships.

The Trofeo Bonfiglio is hosting the 16-year-old American twins - Elizabeth and Mark - of former Grand Slam champion Hana Mandlikova this week where both drew Italian wildcard recipients in the opening round. The No. 537 Mark Mandlik was playing courtesy of a wildcard and fell to Alberto Fossati 63 67 (7) 62. The No. 119 Elizabeth Mandlik, who earned passage into the main draw via qualifying, will face Federica Bilardo on Tuesday.

Wu was one of three seeded boys to be stopped in the first round on Monday. Eighth seed Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland was upset by No. 94 Jesper De Jong of the Netherlands 64 36 62. Timofey Skatov of Russia, who was part of the victorious 2016 Junior Davis Cup team, moved into the second round when 11th seed Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine of France retired from their match with the Russian leading 64 41.

In all, the girls’ draw saw six seeds take a tumble on Monday, including the top-seeded Pervushina.

Two Italian girls advanced to the second round by upsetting seeded players. Tatiana Pieri ousted 10th seed Mai Hontama of Japan 63 63, while wildcard Martina Biagianti outlasted 13th seed Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia 62 46 63.

Fifth seed Emily Appleton of Great Britain fell to Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain 62 64, 11th seed Wang Xin Yu of China fell to Russian Anastasia Kharitonova 57 64 61, and 12th seed Ellie Douglas of Russia went down to Elena Rybakina of Russia 63 46 75.

Among the boys’ seeds to advance on Monday are: No. 3 Yshai Oliel of Israel defeated Jannik Sinner of Italy 64 76 (1), No. 4 Trent Bryde of USA defeated Gabriel Decamps of Brazil 61 62, No. 5 Yuta Shimizu of Japan defeated Simon Carr of Ireland 61 67 (4) 62, and No. 9 Sebastian Baez of Argentina defeated Vasil Kirkov of USA 64 61.

Among the girls’ seeds to advance on Monday are: No. 2 Amina Anshba of Russia defeated Monica Cappelletti of Italy 62 63, No. 4 Taylor Johnson of USA defeated Federica Rossi of Italy 75 75, No. 6 WHitney Osuigwe of USA defeated Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany 6161, No. 7 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia defeated Melania Delai of Italy 62 64, and No. 8 Iga Swiatek of Poland defeated Chen Pei Shuan of Taipei 61 46 64.