Friday, semifinal day at the 50th Copa del Café, was blessed with resplendent sunshine and ideal tennis temperatures of around 23 degrees C. The 8 matches of the day were a big change from the hectic first and second days of the tournament with 64 matches each day.

The two Boys semifinals, and one of the Girls’, were featured in Night Play. The first of the Boys night matchups was Dutchman Tim VAN RIJTHOVEN against Ryotaru MATSUMURA of Japan. VAN RIJTHOVEN, seeded 14 and ranked 195, was the underdog against 6th seed MATSUMURA who is ranked 123. MATSUMURA prevailed 6-2, 6-2 with a stronger all around game. The Japanese player trains at Club Med Academy in Florida along with other top players in our draws, and says he came here to win. Well, at least he is in the final.

In the other semifinal top seed Roman SAFIULLIN of Russia met Peruvian 9th seed Nicolas ALVAREZ. It was a close match for the first 2 sets as ALVAREZ came from behind to tie at a set apiece, taking the only set off the Russian in the tournament so far. Then either SAFIULLIN became inspired or ALVAREZ collapsed, or a combination of both, as the Peruvian could only scrape together four points in the entire third set. The Russian delighted the crowd with his stylish silky smooth brand of tennis, posting a 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 score.

In daylight Girls singles, the American Catherine BELLIS took on Aliona BOLSOVA of Spain. Flying under the radar and meeting only one seeded player, BELLIS took advantage of the fall of no. 2 seed Jaqueline CRISTIAN of Romania in the third round to take the last quarterfinal berth. With their similar seed and rankings (8 and 7, 127 and 115 respectively ) the BELLIS / BOLSOVA match going in was a toss up. But displaying a court maturity beyond her 14 years, BELLIS was able to improvise tactics by changing speed and moving her opponent around to take the match from the larger, stronger, and older (by 2 years) BOLSOVA, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

In night action top seed Mariela BOUZKOVA of the Czech Republic, ranked 23 in the world, took on unseeded Olga FRIDMAN of Ukraine with a ranking of 269. While BOUZKOVA came out ahead 6-4,6-4, the Ukranian held her own on the court, forcing the Czech to play top tennis. FRIDMAN lost the match, but she played a good tournament, beating the no. 4, 9, and 13 seeds, and her ranking now is sure to improve.

In the Boys doubles draws, ALVAREZ and Venezuelan Rafael COUTINHO seeded 3RD got a direct pass into the finals as the Argentines Agustin TORREANO and Matías ZUKAS pulled out of their match due to injury, after the first set. Their opponents in the finals will be unseeded travelling companions Adrian ANDRZEJCZUK of Poland and Nam Loang LY of Vietnam who posted a convincing win over the Brazileans Orlando LUZ and Joao MENEZES by a 6-3, 7-6 score. The Brazileans were seeded 1 in doubles, and 2 and 3 respectively in singles, so the win for Adrian and Nam is a big one.

Girls doubles all went in straight sets. The no. 3 seeded Belgians Morgane MICHIELS and Greetje MINNEN defeated 6th seeded Anna BLINKOVA of Russia and Jessica HO of the USA by a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 score. The Belgian girls, who train and travel together have developed great teamwork and impressive doubles skills. In the other doubles match no. 4 seeds Emily ARBUTHNOTT of Britain and Luisa STEFANI of Brazil beat the no. 2 seeds Usue ARCONADA (USA) and Aliona BOLSOVA (ESP) 6-3, 7-5. Although from different continents, ARBUTHNOTT / STEFANI displayed universal doubles skills and imaginative tactics to take the match and secure their place in the final.

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