17 Nov 2017

Mejia joins quarterfinal line-up in Mexico

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By Sandra Harwitt

Nicolas Mejia (COL)

The Abierto Juvenil Mexicano tournament is down to the quarterfinals for the boys’ and the semifinals for the girls’ and there is no longer a chance that a Mexican player can keep the singles trophy at home.

The last two Mexicans in the singles draw - sixth seed Alan Fernando Rubio Fierros and wildcard recipient Alan Magadan - departed the boys’ draw on Thursday.

Unseeded Drew Baird of USA defeated Magadan 62 63 to join the quarterfinal lineup. Baird will play ninth seed Nick Hardt of Dominican Republic, who bypassed Fierros 76(5) 62.

Fourth seed Nicolas Mejia of Colombia earned passage to the quarterfinals with a 61 62 win over 16th seed Axel Nefve of USA.

The No. 36 ranked Mejia posted his best showing of the season to date by winning the Grade 1 Prince George’s County title with a three-set final victory over Axel Geller of Argentina. Since that win, Mejia lost in the first round at the US Open, the first round at the Grade A Osaka Mayor’s Cup, and retired in the third round at the Grade 2 Japan Open Junior Championships.

Mejia will face fifth seed Thiago Agustin Tirante of Argentina in the quarterfinals. Tirante outlasted 10th seed Sangeet Sridhar of USA 46 63 62 in the third round.

Romania’s Stefan Palosi set himself up for a quarterfinal berth with a 62 62 win over Jaycer Lyeons of USA. The 17-year-old Palosi, currently ranked No. 75 and the eighth seed, had the best moment of his year when he reached the final of the Grade 1 Allianz Kundler German Juniors event in the spring.

The Romanian’s experience at the upper echelon of the junior game is a bit spotty as he didn’t compete at one Grand Slam boys’ event during the season. He attempted to qualify for the US Open but fell in the second round of qualifying.

It will be a big test ahead for Palosi, who will be rewarded for his three matches won during the week with a quarterfinal appointment against top seed Sebastian Korda of USA. Korda bypassed fellow American Eliot Spizzirri 62 60 to score his quarterfinal berth.

Seventh seed Juan Manuel Cerundolo of Argentina will play 13th seed Filip Cristian Jianu of Romania in the quarterfinals. Cerundolo defeated Sumit Sarkar of USA 64 36 61, while Jianu ousted Justin Schlageter of Germany 62 36 64.

The semifinal of the bottom half of the girls’ draw will be an all unseeded affair after Andreea Prisacariu continued to play havoc on the field. In four matches played, the Romanian has yet to lose a set and has now upset three consecutive seeds.

Prisacariu ousted 16th seed Lea Ma of USA in the second round, second seed Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina in the third round and eighth seed Nicole Mossmer of USA 60 62 in the quarterfinals.

Prisacariu will play American Alexa Noel in the semifinal. The New Jersey native defeated fellow unseed Diae El Jardi of Morocco 64 64 to reach the final four.

Girls’ top seed Whitney Osuigwe had a tough path into the semifinal when stretched to a 46 62 64 win over fellow American Peyton Stearns. She takes on fifth seed Lulu Sun of Switzerland for passage to the finals. Sun ended the dream week of 15th seed Sada Nahimana, who came through the qualifying draw, in a tough 67(5) 61 63 quarterfinal victory.