Day 4 ResultsQuarterfinal Day at the 2013 Copa saw both singles draws whittled down to 4 players each with some excellent matches, and others less stellar.
On the Girls side Varvara FLINK of Russia, seeded 6, toppled no. 1 seed Christina MAKAROVA of USA 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. FLINK’s laser ground strokes were too much for MAKAROVA whose strong defensive skills were not enough. Victoria RODRIGUEZ of Mexico outlasted Laura UCROS of Colombia 6-2, 7-6, winning ugly, by returning shots and letting the more aggressive UCROS make enough mistakes to go down despite having a set point in the second. The semifinal matchup with FLINK will be interesting to see if the RODRIGUEZ passivity of the quarterfinal can be energized to deal with FLINK’s more precision guided missiles in Stadium Court where breeze is less of a factor.
In the bottom half of the Girls´ draw, Veronika KUDERMETOVA of Russia downed Israel´s Valeria PATIUK, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Both players fought valiantly but in the end KUDERMETOVA´s skills were too much for PATIUK and the result held true to form as the no 4 seed downed no. 7. The last Girls´ matchup of Thursday featured no. 11 Alejandra CISNEROS of Mexico against no. 2 seed Karin KENNEL of Switzerland in night play at Stadium Court. From the beginning, the Swiss girl´s game was too much for the Mexican as KENNEL won easily 6-2, 6-2. In the other semifinal then, KUDERMETOVA at no. 4 will meet KENNEL at no. 2 in the Battle of the K´s.
On the Boys´ side, quarterfinal play was more lopsided with 4 straight set matches. Nikola MILOJEVIC of Serbia dispatched Justin BUTSCH of USA 6-4, 6-0 in night play. The unseeded BUTSCH played a tough first set but was overwhelmed in the second by strong play from the no. 1 seed. In the other night match Jorge PANTA of Peru defeated Nam Hoang LY of Vietnam by 6-3, 6-3. PANTA was a wild card in the 2012 Copa with a ranking of about 800 and this year arrived as the no. 4 seed with a world ranking of 72. PANTA has a strong precision game and was too much for the 15 year old LY, who is our first player ever from Vietnam and who holds excellent promise with strong tennis skills.
In the bottom half of the draw Tommy MYLNIKOV of Canada overwhelmed Clement GEENS of Belgium 6-2, 6-3. The unranked MYLNIKOV has beaten some strong players on his way to the semifinal, including GEENS who played a stirring match Wednesday night. Perhaps GEENS was tired out emotionally from the night before. The last Boys´ singles match of the day paired unseeded Juan Sebastian MARINO of Colombia with Chi Shan JAO of Taiwan, who was seeded 14. MARINO prevailed 6-4, 6-4 and ensures an unseeded player in the final.