07 Jan 2014

Top seeds progress at 50th Coffee Bowl

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Photo: Fred MullaneRoman Safiullin (RUS)

Top seeds in both the boys and girls events eased into the second round of the 50th Coffee Bowl on Monday. Number one boys seed, Roman Safiullin (RUS), comprehensively dispatched his first opponent of the week, defeating Vitalii Scherba (UKR) 64 60. On the girls side, top seed Marie Bouzkova (CZE) won in even more convincing fashion, beating American Alexa Bortles for the loss of just one game, 60 61.

There were, however, several upsets in the first half of the draw which have opened up possibilities for several players. The most notable of these upsets were wins by Gabriella Pollner (USA) and Julia Soica (FRA) who posted wins against Irina Lidkovskaya (RUS) and Elizabeth Sutherland (USA) respectively.  The highest seeded casualty in the girls event was twelfth seed Morgan Michiels (BEL) who was upset by American Mary Catherine Haffey, 63 63. Haffey's best results in 2013 were reaching the finals of two grade 4 events, in Panama and Jamaica. She will now look to capitalise on her good start to the week and attempt a similar run in this prestigious grade 1 event.

The boys action took place in the afternoon.  Results were generally by the book as better ranked players bested those of lesser ranks and 14 of the 16 seeds advanced. The biggest surprise of the day came in the boys draw where seventh seeded Jordi Arconada (ARG) was defeated by Kalman L. Boyd (USA) 64 60. Boyd, currently ranked at 505 in the ITF Junior rankings overturned a difference of over 400 places in defeating the 101 ranked Arconada.

The most notable and delightful results for local tennis fans took place at the Stadium Court under the floodlights. First, local favorite Ariana Rahmanparast got past Delaney Edwards (USA) 60 75.  Ariana will now go on to play No. 1 seed Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic. The second night match was a  thriller where local Julian Saborio, ranked 662, surprised tenth seed Edan Leshem (ISR) 76 76. Julian will next meet Riki Oshima of Japan.

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