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.

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