Photo: Marcelo RuschelJil Belen Teichmann (SUI)
While the boys’ top seed Quentin Halys of France marched into the quarterfinals of the Grade 1 Porto Alegre tournament in Brazil on Thursday, girls’ top seed Fanny Stollar of Hungary was upset.
The 15-year-old Stollar was taken to task by 13th-seeded Jil Belen Teichmann of Switzerland 60 63, but there was no hard feelings between the two. In fact, following the match they hugged and joked around together, which wasn’t so surprising because they’re close friends.
““It is always hard to face a friend, especially because you need to focus more not to think that it is some practice,” Teichmann said. “You have to forget who's on the other side and keep focus on your own game.”
Teichmann will take on eighth-ranked Usue Maitane Arconada of USA in the quarterfinals. Arconada ended Brazil’s hope of a homegrown champion by beating Luisa Stefani 75 64.
Third-seeded Priscilla Hon of Australia is into the quarterfinals after securing a 63 62 win over 16th-seeded Olivia Hauger of USA. Hon joined the Stollar-Teichmann friend fest after her victory — she’s turns out to be a close friend of both.
Hon will take on 10th-seeded Dasha Ivanova of USA in the quarters, who defeated seventh-seeded Renata Zarazua of Mexico.
In the bottom half of the girls’ draw, second seeded Fiona Ferro will play fifth-seeded Bondar, and unseeded Bianca Turati of Italy will attempt to stake a semifinal claim in a match against 14th-seeded Aliona Bolsova Zadinov of Spain.
Halys had little trouble bypassing Mirko Cutuli of Italy 61 63 to move onto a quarterfinal date against 12th-seeded Omar Jasika of Australia. Jasika defeated fifth-seeded Matias Zukas of Argentina to reach the final eight.
The 16-year-old Jasika is putting up some great results on this South American junior swing. In three previous tournaments — the Banana Bowl, Asuncion Bowl and Argentina Cup — he reached the singles semifinals.
In order to keep at least that semifinal run going, Jasika will have to bypass the 17-year-old Halys. The Frenchman is currently ranked No. 4 and started the year in fine form by reaching his first Grand Slam junior singles semifinal at the Australian Open.
Fans on Thursday were excited to have two Brazilian boys’ players — sixth-seeded Orlando Luz and 10th-seeded Marcelo Zormann — journey to the quarterfinals.
Zormann captured a tough 63 46 76 (2) win over seventh-seeded Naoki Nakagawa of Japan. His next opponent will be 13th-seeded American Alex Rybakov, who beat fourth-seeded Nicolas Alvarez 75 26 61.
"Many times along the match I was trailing him, but I managed to stay focused and never stopped believing in myself and in my victory,” Zormann said.
Orlando Luz battled Argentine wildcard recipient Francisco Bahamonde for a 57 64 75 win. His reward is a quarterfinal outing against second-seeded Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France, who had an easy 60 62 win over Osni Junior of Brazil.
“Not only was he a complicated player to defeat, my physical condition also had a huge impact on my game,” Luz said. “I come from two weeks straight playing singles and doubles. I was in pain and tired, but at the end it was the crowd who got me going on strong.”
The other boys’ quarterfinal will feature ninth-seeded Clement Geens of Belgium against 14th-seeded Henrik Wiersholm of USA.
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