Saturday, the last day and final round at the 50th Copa del Café was another day of glorious sunshine and perfect tennis weather. The 4 matches for the day started in midafternoon at Stadium Court and went until closing ceremonies late into the night. Copa no. 50 is now in the books.

Before going on to match commentary, the Organizing Committee would like to thank any and all who have helped make our tournament such a success now and over the years: the Board and members of the Costa Rica Country Club, our sponsors who provide the resources for putting the tournament together, the CRCC tennis staff who manage tournament operations like a well oiled machine, the CRCC maintenance crew, the ITF whose support and infrastructure are so important to us, coaches who bring players and visit us over the years, and the players who inspire us with their play and enthusiasm. Many, many thanks to all.

The first final of the day was Girls Doubles. The Belgian duo of Morgane MICHIELS and Greetje MINNEN seeded 3 took on the intercontinental team of Emily ARBUTHNOTT of Britain and Luisa STEFANI of Brasil, seeded 4. On their way to the final the Belgians defeated the no. 6 and 7 seeds, while ARBUTHNOTT / STEFANI dispatched the no. 2 and 5 seeds. It was a good, entertaining match as both teams played well. The Belgians had more firepower, especially on MINNEN’s serve which was perhaps the best in the tournament. They played as a well coached, coordinated, team. ARBUTHNOTT / STEFANI also played intelligent doubles, with STEFANI poaching repeatedly and ARBUTHNOTT covering the court with sometimes acrobatic strokes. Both teams deserved to win, but the Belgians took the title 6-4, 7-5.

The Boys Doubles featured no. 3 seeds and South American duo of Nicolas ALVAREZ (PER)/ Rafael COUTINHO (VEN) against the unseeded Adrian ANDRZEJCZUK (POL) / Nam Hoan LY (VIE) who travel and train together in Sweden. The South Americans had an easier draw, facing only one seeded team (no. 7). The Polish Vietnamese team had a more difficult road to the finals, defeating no. 1 and 6 seeds along the way. The Doubles final was a good match, going to 3 sets, with the South Americans playing strong tennis and the ANDRZEJCZUK/LY duo exploiting angles and anticipating well. In the end the South Americans prevailed by 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

The Girls Singles final featured no. 1 seed Marie BOUZEK of the Czech Republic (ranked 23) against no. 8 seed Catherine BELLIS of USA (no. 127). BOUZEK’s road to the final went through Bortles of USA ranked 648, Rahmanparast of Costa Rica no. 694, Wargnier of France no. 214, Arconada of USA no. 96, and FRIDMAN of Ukraine no. 269. BELLIS’s path was through Aizenman of CRC no. 1694, Cuk of Slovenia no. 1610, Blinkova of Russia no. 141, HORVIT of USA no. 308, and BOLSOVA of Spain no. 115. By ranking BOUZKOVA was the favorite but on the court BELLIS held her ground and used amazing firepower (given her small stature) and well placed groundstrokes to put the Czech girl on the defensive. At the end it was BELLIS who prevailed 6-4, 6-3.

The finals for Boys Singles were disputed between no. 1 seed Roman SAFIULLIN of Russia (ranked 11) and Ryotaro MATSUMURA of Japan (no. 123). The Russian’s path to the final included wins over Shcherba of Ukraine ranked 291, Mueller of Guatemala no. 1244, Griekspoor of Holland no. 231, Zukas of Argentina no. 103, and Alvarez of Perú no. 152. MATSUMURA arrived via wins over Aleshchev of Russia no. 625, Duncan of USA no. 492, Bertran of Dominican Republic no. 176, Menezes of Brazil no. 61, and Van Rijthoven of Holland no. 195. Play was high quality on both sides as the finalists are light on their feet and seemingly float over the court. Yet SAFIULLIN was just a step ahead on key points and wore down the Japanese player in the first set tiebreak. From then on the Russian dominated, taking the set, match, and championship 7-6, 6-1. Roman SAFIULLIN is the new singles champion of the 50th Copa del Café.

The Organizing Committee takes great pleasure in congratulating today’s players for a fine tournament. Please come back next year for the commencement of our next half century of junior tennis with the 51st running of the Copa del Café.

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