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.

Weather has been the nemesis of this tournament and once again unseasonal rains halted play during the afternoon. But with only 32 matches programmed, down half from the previous 2 days, the weather delay was not a serious problem and play continued in the 4 “back up” covered courts of the Costa Rica Country Club. The singles round of 16 was completed without difficulty, as was the second round of doubles.

Early morning Tuesday drizzles delayed the start of play on a hectic 60 match day. At least the winds were reduced to a breeze. But by 9pm all matches were in the books save night play at Stadium Court and a late doubles match.

The 54th Copa del Café opening day was played under uncomfortably windy conditions throughout the day and threat of light rain during the early evening hours. But junior players are resilient and battled the elements to complete first round Boys and Girls play.

The 54th Copa del Café is now underway. Well, at least the Qualy is underway. A full 32 player Boys´ Qualy started 13 January 2018, continuing tomorrow with 8 matches. All seeded players advance to the second round. The Girls´ Qualy features only 12 players with 4 byes as the top 4 go directly into the Main Draw along with winners of the 4 matches today.

In the first Boys semifinal singles action 5TH seed Oliver CRAWFORD faced off against 3rd seed Trent BRYDE, both of USA. For both it was the third consecutive 3 set match in five intense days of tournament play where both players, as all other semifinalists, had to beat top boys to get to their semifinal berth. CRAWFORD prevailed 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

Play was intense again in the Boys single draw as the final four players take their berths in the semifinals. No. 5 seed Oliver CRAWFORD (USA) beat back unseeded Sangeet SRIDHAR (USA) in a tough 3 sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to put an end to SRIDHAR´s run into the quarterfinals after defeating no. 1 seed VITTAR of Argentina in the first round. CRAWFORD has continued winning tough, taking the last 2 matches in 3 sets.

Perfect tennis weather again welcomed players and fans on Day 3 of the Copa del Café 2017 as 32 matches were played in the 3rd round of Boys and Girls singles and 2nd round of doubles. The reduced number of matches was an agreeable respite from the hectic 64 match pace of Days 1 and 2.

Excellent sunny weather with moderate temperatures continued on the second day of play at the Copa del Café 2017. Another 64 matches were played: 32 Boys and Girls second round singles and 32 first round doubles matches.

2018 Tournament Commentary

Key Dates & Player Info

Key upcoming dates concerning the 2019 Copa include the following:

Registration Deadline:
25 December 2018
Start of Qualy:
14 January 2019
Start of Main Draw:
14 January 2019
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