La Llave de Calificación para la Copa del Café no. 55 comenzó sábado 12 de enero bajo un cielo celeste y un tiempo perfecto de tenis. En total, se disputaron 24 partidos, 16 varonil y 8 femenil.

En la llave varonil los resultados en general se ajustaron a lo anticipado en cuanto 14 de 16 sembrados progresaron a la segunda vuelta, con sorpresas sobre los sembrados 12 y 14 por Jameson CORSILLO (USA) y Francisco ARCE VIEYRA (MEX) respectivamente. La Llave femenil incluyó solamente 8 siembras y todas pasaron a la segunda vuelta por modalidad de Bye. Los 8 partidos jugados fueron disputados entre jugadoras sin ranking, principalmente jugadoras locales deseando entrar a la Llave Principal.

La acción tenística de mañana definirá los últimos puestos de las Llaves Principales, llegando así al límite de 64 jugadores. Partidos de las Llaves Principales comenzarán temprano el lunes 14 de enero.
La conferencia de prensa para la Copa no. 55 se llevó a cabo ayer martes 8 de enero 2019, revelando la lista de jugadores inscritos para la Copa 2019. Las siembras no. 1 son Shintaro MOCHIZUKI de japón (no. 82 mundial) y Alexandra NOEL de USA (ranqueada no. 15).

Ambas llaves indican un alto nivel de talento tenístico con 5 top 100 jugadores por el lado varonil de 5 diferentes países, y 19 top 200. La lista femenil incluye 7 top 100 de 5 países, y 21 jugadoras dentro de las primeras 200.

El corte varonil a la posición 46 ha sido 343, y del lado femenil 460, así reflejando un elenco fuerte de jugadores. De los primeros 46 jugadores en ambas Llaves Principales, 19 varones (41%) y 17 damas (37%) regresan de la Copa del Café 2018.

La lista varonil ahora incluye 111 nombres desde una inscripción total de 211, y del lado femenil actualmente se incluyen 82 jugadoras desde una inscripción total de 187 jugadoras que se disputan los 64 puestos de cada Llave Principal. Esto significa que el Qualy varonil probablemente incluirá un complemento completo de 32 jugadores, mientras que habrán varios “byes” en el Qualy femenil donde toda jugadora en la lista tendrá oportunidad de jugar por lo menos el Qualy.

La Copa no. 55 entonces dará comienzo oficial el sábado 12 de enero 2019 con las Llaves de Calificación, a ser completada el domingo para así definir los últimos 8 puestos de la Llave Principal que comienza temprano el lunes 14 de enero.  Los invitamos a unirse a la acción tenistica.
In Boys second round play the top seed Shintaro MOCHIZUKI of Japan continues to win easily but no. 2 seed Pierre MALAN of South Africa went down to unseeded Martin DAMM of USA in night play. DAMM is a strong player with a heavy serve who might make it deep in the draw as 10 of 16 seeded players remain with only seeds 3, 10, 12, and 15 in the bottom half. But there are many talented players who could hoist the winner´s trophy at the end, with the top half of the draw featuring very good players, 6 of the 8 seeded.

The Girls Draw continues to be a free for all as more seeded players exit the singles tournament. Only 5 seeded players of 16 remain (nos. 2, 6, 12, 14, and 15) so on paper no. 2 seed Gabriella PRICE of USA looks to be in the driver´s seat, but matches are not played on paper and several talented Girls could make it deep into the draw and to the final. Several unseeded players have their eye on rounds 4 and 5, including Melodie COLLARD of Canada who eliminated the no. 1 seed in the first round and looks strong with her varied all court play.
Girls first round play took place during Monday afternoon. While the Boys Draw in morning play went largely by the book with all seeds advancing (except no. 7), the Girls Draw had some wild results with no less than 6 upsets. No. 1 seed and world no. 15 Alexa NOEL of USA went down to Canadian Melodie COLLARD, ranked 441 in a hard fought duel with the Canadian advancing to net often and disrupting the top seed´s composure. COLLARD took the match 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.

Other major upsets were Michelle TIKHONKO (USA, ranked 721) eliminating the tough no. 8 seed Rut GALINDO of Guatemala ranked 101 by the score of 6-4, 7-5 as the American distracted the Guatemalan with many moonshots and slow balls, and Rosie GARCIA GROSS of USA ranked 708 taking down Slovakia´s no. 11 seed Michaela KADLECKOVA ranked 122 by 6-3, 6-4.

The upset bug also affected other matches, as Natasha SENGPHRACHANH also of Canada (no. 689) bested USA´s Katrina SCOTT ranked 348, Elizabeth COLEMAN of USA ranked 223 took down no. 10 seed Antonia SAMUDIO of Colombia, and Elena KARNER of Austria ranked 382 eliminated no. 16  Nikki REDELIJK of USA ranked 166.

In first round Girls play, seeds 1, 5 (no show), 8, 10, 11, and 16 have now been eliminated, opening up the draw for many players. This Draw will be very interesting to watch.
Monday morning first round action featured Boys play as the Girls matches were scheduled for the afternoon. This order of play alternates every year.

As of this writing 27 of 32 Boys matches have finished, with 2 scheduled for night play. As usual, matches have gone by the book with 13 of 14 seeded players advancing to the second round and with better ranked players dispatching those of lesser rank. No. 1 seed Shintaro MOCHIZUKI of Japan plays tonight under the lights and another seeded player was a no show for the tournament. The upsets of the day were Austrian Marko ANDREJIC eliminating no. 7 seed William GRANT of USA in 3 sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3,  and Wild Card Cezar RATA of USA ranked639 defeating Canadian Marko STAKUSIC ranked 350.

It has been a solid first round and the strength of the field can be measured by highly ranked players being eliminated in the first round.
Play has officially commenced for the running of the 55th Copa del Café. The weather is perfect and matches are currently underway. Both Boys and Girls draws are full at 64 players each. The Draws include Direct Acceptances, Wild Cards, Lucky Losers, and 8 players in each draw who have won their places from the Qualy.

The programming thereby includes 32 Boys and 32 Girls singles matches each, 64 matches altogether. Using 8 courts, this means an average turnover of 8 matches per court, a heavy concentration of tennis on the hard courts of the Costa Rica Country Club. This is what the tournament is all about.
The Qualy draw for the 55th Copa del Café started Saturday 12 January under a beautiful blue sky with great tennis weather. Altogether, 24 matches were played, 16 Boys and 8 Girls.

In the Boys Qualy results were predictable as 14 of the 16 seeds progressed to the second round, with upsets posted over the no. 12 and 14 seeds by Jameson CORSILLO (USA) and Francisco ARCE VIEYRA (MEX) respectively. The Girls Qualy featured only 8 seeds and all progressed with byes to the second round. The remaining matches were fought among unranked players, mostly locals hoping to make the Main Draw.  

Tomorrow´s action will round out the field of the two Main Draws to the 64 player limit. Main Draw action will then commence early Monday morning January 14.
The press conference for the 55th Copa del Café was held yesterday Tuesday the 8th of January 2019, unveiling the list of players registered for the 2019 Copa. Top seeds are Shintaro MOCHIZUKI of Japan (world no. 82) and Alexandra NOEL of USA (ranked no. 15).

Both draws indicate high levels of tennis talent with 5 top 100 players on the Boys side from 5 different countries, and 19 top 200. The Girls list includes 7 top 100 Girls from 5 countries, and 21 players in the top 200.

The ranking cutoff for Boys at the 46th position was 343, and for Girls was 460, reflecting a strong field of players. Of the top 46 players in both Main Draws, 19 Boys (41%) and 17 Girls (37%) return form the 2018 Copa del Café.

The Boys list is now down to 111 from a total registration of 211, and there are now 82 Girls from a total registration of 187 players. This means that the Boys Qualy will probably feature a full complement of 32 players, while there will be several byes in the Girls Qualy as all players listed will at least play Qualy.

The 55th Copa is now officially scheduled to start on Saturday 12 January 2019 with the Qualification Draw, to be finished Sunday to identify the last 8 slots for the Main Draw, which starts Monday morning early, January 14. We invite you to join us for stellar tennis action.
After 212 matches played on the courts of the Costa Rica Country Club,  including the Qualy, the 54th Copa del Café now goes down to the last 4 in Saturday´s matchups. The finals for 2018 for Boys and Girls Singles and Doubles will play out at Stadium Court starting at 4:30pm until it´s all over. The weather finally appears to be cooperating for a showcase of tennis today. But how did we get here? What happened in Friday´s semifinals on the road to the final? 

Friday´s first singles match featured Girls no. 1 seed María Camila OSORIO of Colombia against USA´s Elizabeth Mandlik seeded 4. Both girls played well but OSORIO´s more versatile game opening up the court with greater angles and drop shots gave the nod to the South American. In the other semifinal no. 7 seed Lea MA of USA got past Alexandra VAGRAMOV of Canada by 6-3. 6-4. MA´s demeanor on court is calm and collected and she outlasted the Canadian with great defensive skills to make the final.

The road to the final for these last 2 Girls has been as follows:

María Camila OSORIO, 17 years old, from Colombia, no. 1 seed, ranked 9
  opponent  rank seed  score 
1st round   WOOD (USA)   269 none 6-0, 7-6 2
2nd round DAWSON (USA)  290  none  7-6, 6-2 
3rd round  YALLOZ (USA)  171 13  6-2, 2-6, 6-4 
Quarterfinal  BECK (USA) 85 5 6-2, 6-0 
Semifinal MANDLIK (USA) 82 4 6-4, 6-2 

Lea MA, 17 years old in February, from USA, no. 7 seed, ranked 93
  opponent  rank seed  score 
1st round   SALAS (CRC)    none none 6-0, 6-0
2nd round MALIK (USA)   292  none  6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3rd round  HAMMOND (USA)  346 none 6-2, 6-4 
Quarterfinal  REDELIJK (USA) 405 none 6-1, 6-4
Semifinal VAGRAMOV (CAN) 153 9 6-3, 6-4

Boys matches were both played under the lights to the delight of a packed Stadium Court. In the first match Keenan MAYO of USA went up against fellow American Brandon NAKASHIMA. MAYO, who turns 18 in May but looks like he´s going on 30, is a strong player with heavy groundstrokes, yet the calm and business like NAKASHIMA responded well and gave tit for tat. But in the end MAYO prevailed in 3 sets.

In the final evening match no. 3 seed Mateus ALVES of Brazil squared off against unseeded Frenchman Harold MAYOT. As the remaining top seed ALVES may have been favored but the “unharolded” MAYOT played with aplomb and clean striking of the ball to frustrate the talented brazilean. At the end of the night, MAYOT won in surprisingly easy fashion in straight sets at 2, 1. 

The road to the final for the last 2 Boys has been:  

Keenan MAYO, 17 years old, from USA, no. 7 seed, ranked 98 
  opponent  rank seed  score 
1st round   LOZANO (CRC)  none none 6-2, 6-2
2nd round MARMOUSEZ (FRA)  290  none  7-6, 6-7, 6-4 
3rd round  VALLABHANENI (USA) 410 none 6-2, 6-4 
Quarterfinal  KODAT (USA) 335 none 6-3, 6-1 
Semifinal NAKASHIMA (USA) 103 8 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 

Harold MAYOT, 16 years old in February, from France, ranked 147
  opponent  rank seed  score 
1st round   SPIZZIRRI (USA) 105 9 7-5, 6-4 
2nd round BANCILA (USA)  1521 none  6-4, 6-1
3rd round  DIAZ ACOSTA (ARG)  80 5 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 
Quarterfinal  RODRIGUEZ (PER)  153 none 6-4, 6-4 
Semifinal ALVES (BRA) 175 3 6-2, 6-1 

In Girls Doubles the USA duo of COLLINS / YALOZ upended the south americans DE SANTA ANA (URU) / VERGARA (CHI) by the comfortable score of 6-2, 6-1 in a battle of unseeded teams to make the final. In the other semifinal doubles match the also unseeded KAWAGUCHI (JPN) / KIMCHI (ISR) surprised the no. 3 seeded HARVEY (USA) / OSORIO (COL) team in a hard fought 3-6, 7-6, 10-8 to take the other spot in the final.

In the Boys Doubles draw, no. 1 seeds NANDA (USA) / ZINK (USA) beat back fellow Americans HAN / ROLLINS in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 for their berth in the finals. They will face the other American team of KOPCZYNSKI / MAYO, seeded 4th, who turned back Frenchmen CAZAUX / DESCHAMPS in 3 sets 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.
Play was intense again in the Boys and Girls single draw as the final four players take their berths in the semifinals.

In the top half of the Boys draw 8th seed Brandon NAKASHIMA of USA surprised top seed Trey HILDERBRAND (USA) in a tough match during night play by 6-4, 7-6, 6-4. HILDERBRAND could have closed it out in 2 sets but NAKASHIMA would not give up and was unrelenting with his passing shots as HILDERBRAND rushed the net with his serve and volley game. Seventh seed Keenan MAYO dispatched unseeded Toby KODAT in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to round out an all American top half of the draw in the only easy Boys match of the quarterfinals.

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