26 Mar 2014

Top seeds take to the court in Porto Alegre

Match Report

Photo: Marcelo RuschelFanny Stollar (HUN)

Tuesday was the time for France’s Quentin Halys and Johan Sebastien Tatlot — the top two boys’ seeds at the Grade A Porto Alegre tournament this week — to get underway.

The top-seeded Halys took on local favorite Rafael Matos, but despite the Brazilian having the crowd support the Frenchman walked off with a 61 64 win.

Halys came into the Porto Alegre off of his best junior showing at a Grand Slam tournament. He reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, falling to American Stefan Kozlov in a three-set semifinal.

In the second round, the No. 5 ranked Halys will face Ulises Blanch of USA. Blanch took a 62 62 first round win over Simon Stevens of Belgium.

The second-seeded Tatlot also played a Brazilian in Igor Rieiro Marcondes and scored a 63 63 victory to reach the second round.

Tatlot, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals last September, is trying to pick up the pace after a discouraging first-round loss to Martin Blasko of Slovakia at the recent Australian Open.

In the second round, Tatlot will play Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who defeated American Myles Schalet 61 63 in the first round.

Three seeded Brazilian players — sixth-seeded Orlando Luz, eighth-seeded Joao Menezes and 10th-seeded Marcelo Zormann — all moved on to the second round.

Luz had an abbreviated outing against fellow Brazilian Lucas Santos when the latter retired with the sixth seed leading 40 in the first set.

Menezes took out Marko Osmakcic of Switzerland 62 67 (5) 63.

Zormann also moved ahead on a retirement. Opponent Andres Torres of Colombia forfeited the match when Zormann led 61 40.

Brazilian qualifier Osni Junior posted an upset when he ousted 15th-seeded Tim Van Rijthovan of the Netherlands 36 76 (3) 62.

“What made a difference for me was that I never gave up fighting and struggled all the way to the last point,” Junior said. “My will, persistence and great physical condition really helped me out on this match.

“I know the tournament has a lot of very good players, with a better ranking than mine, but I’ll do my best to surprise them and make it to the final.”

Top-seeded Fanny Stollar of Hungary had little trouble with posting a 63 62 first round win over Nicole Frenkel of USA in girls’ 18 action.

The 15-year-old Stollar played her first Grand Slam event at the Australian Open, losing in the first round of the singles and quarterfinals of the doubles.

In more recent junior action, Stollar won the Grade 1 Asuncion Bowl singles title earlier this month.

The No. 26 ranked Stollar will play Julieta Lara Estable of Argentina in the second round. Estable scorched Rafaella Baquerizo of Ecuador 60 60.

Heading into the second round, Luisa Stefani remains as the lone Brazilian in the girls’ draw. It took Stefani less than an hour to bypass wildcard recipient Margot Mercier of Uruguay 61 63.

“I was very relaxed, and this helped me find my best game,” said Stefani, who will play ninth-seeded Margot Yerolymos of France in the next match. “I used my head a lot and was able to really give everything out on the court.”

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