25 May 2017

Trofeo Bonfiglio down to quarterfinals

News Article

By Sandra Harwitt

Iga Swiatek (POL)

Heading into Friday’s quarterfinal action at the 58th Trofeo Bonfiglio junior tournament there’s a stark difference in how the girls’ and boys’ competition is playing out.

in the girls’ draw only two of the remaining quarterfinalists are seeded players - sixth seed Whitney Osuigwe of USA and eighth seed Iga Swiatek of Poland. In the boys’ draw only two unseeded players still in the hunt for the title - Timofey Skatov of Russia and Uisung Park of Korea.

On Thursday, Ousuigwe ousted Italy’s Tatiana Pieri 76 (3) 62, while Swiatek Sent Varvara Gracheva of Russia packing 63 62.

Skatov moved onto the quarterfinals by upsetting sixth seed Juan Pable Grassi Mazzuchi of Argentina, while Park upset 10th seed Rudolf Molleker of Germany 67 (2) 63 63 to secure his quarterfinal placement.

Ann Li of USA posted the big upset of the day over second seed Amina Anshba of Russia 64 75 to find herself in the quarterfinals where she’ll face Swiatek for the first time. This marks Li’s third consecutive quarterfinal showing - she also reached the round at the Easter Bowl and Santa Croce, Italy tournaments.

Owuigwe will take on Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland in the quarterfinals. In-Albon came through a tough 26 76 (1) 63 third-round encounter against Italian wildcard recipient Federica Bilardo. In-Albon came through the top half of the draw where she was could have faced top seed and defending champion Olesya Pervushina of Russia, who was upset in the first round.

The other girls’ quarterfinals find Liang En Shou of Taipei playing Elena Rybakina of Russia, and Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain going off against Lea Boskovic of Croatia. Rybakina upset seventh seed Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia 76 (6) 63, while Guerrero Alvarez ousted Natasha Subash of USA 62 61.

In the final eight, Skatov will play Trent Bryde of USA, who ousted Nicolas Meija of Colombia 36 61 62. Bryde is playing with the confidence ofknowing he won the first Grade A tournament of the 2017 season at Porto Alegre, Brazil, which also happened to be played on clay courts.

Park will need to bypass 13th seed Oliver Crawford of USA in order to reach the Trofeo Bonfiglio semifinal. Crawford earned his quarterfinal berth via a 63 62 win over fellow American Sangeet Sridhar 16 62 63.

It was left to 14th seed Alexei Popyrin of Australia to end the Cinderella story of Tseng Chun Hsin of Taipei, who took down top seed Wu Yibing in the first round. Popyrin will take on seventh seed Jurij Rodionov of Austria, who ousted 12th seed Duarte Vale of Portugal 63 36 64.

The other boys’ quarterfinal will feature ninth seed Sebastian Baez and 15th seed Marko Miladinovic of Serbia.

Baez came through the third round battle of the Sebastian’s, posting a 62 76 (3) win over American Sebastian Korda, who is the son of former Grand Slam champion Petr Korda. Miladonovic needed three sets to bypass Patrick Kypson of USA 57 60 64.

The USA has the best chance of reaching the winner’s circle by still having four players remaining in the singles competition - Osuigwe and Li in the girls, and Bryde and Crawford in the boys’.

Italy no longer has any opportunity of keeping the singles trophy at home with their last two entrants - Bilardo and Pieri - falling in the girls’ third round on Thursday.