Photo: Marcelo RuschelLuisa Stefani (BRA)
Unseeded Luisa Stefani, the lone Brazilian left in the girls’ competition at the Grade A Porto Alegre tournament posted a big upset on Wednesday.
The No. 101 ranked Stefani upended ninth-seeded Margot Yerolymos of France 64 64 to move into the third round.
“She is a well-known player in the circuit and I knew she is also a very stronger hitter,” said Stefani, of the No. 52 ranked Yerolymos. “So I just had to be patient.”
Playing in the Porto Alegre 18s main draw for the first time, 16-year-old Stefani won the girls’ 16 event last year. She’s captured the attention of fans who want to see their sole Brazilian remaining in the girls’ tournament continue in the event.
"This is a tournament which I enjoy very much,” Stefani said. “At the main draw, the level of play is raised to a whole new bar and it gets a lot more difficult, but I am really focused on playing my very best here.”
Third-seeded Priscilla Hon of Australia needed to go the distance to defeat Fransesca Gariglio of Italy 36 61 62 at the tournament on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old Hon, who hails from Brisbane, is currently ranked No. 31 in the ITF rankings.
Hon’s only Grand Slam experience has been at home, playing the Australian Open junior event the past three years. She’s yet to get out of the first round in the singles, but she reached the doubles quarterfinal this year.
Coming into the Porto Alegre, Hon was a quarterfinalist at the Banana Bowl, where she lost to fellow 15-year-old Jil Belen Teichmann of Switzerland.
The 13th-seeded Teichmann also finds herself in the Porto Alegre third round compliments of a swift 60 62 win over 15-year-old Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Canada.
The No. 48 ranked Teichmann will face top-seeded Fanny Stollar in the next match. Stollar came through a 76 (5) 62 win over Argentina's Julieta Lara Estable.
In the bottom half of the girls' draw, fifth-seeded Anna Bondar of Hungary is also through to the third round with a 61 60 victory over Barbara Gatica of Chile.
The 16-year-old Bondar is ranked No. 29 and reached the Banana Bowl semifinal earlier in the month.
Bondar will face American Madison Bourguignon in the third round. Bourguignon upset No. 12 Naiktha Bains of Australia 46 64 64 on Wednesday.
In boys’ action, Brazilian qualifier Osni Junior continued his winning ways. Junior, who doesn’t have a current ranking, defeated Alejandro Tabilo of Canada 62 64.
“I managed to play very consistently,” Junior said of his consistent play thus far. “The qualifying round is a bit exhausting, but at the same time it gives you the advantage of getting to feel your game and the tournament atmosphere as well.”
Next up for Junior is a match against the second-seeded Johan Sebastien Tatlot for a spot in the quarterfinals. Junior is taking a positive attitude into the encounter.
"All the way back from the beginning of the tournament at qualifying I say I want to be the champion,” Junior said. “I am physically fit and playing with a lot of energy. If I keep up that way I know I can really go far here."
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