This 15 yo (born Feb 10, 2000) little
retriever from Daireaux, Argentina, has been winning a lot of matches lately - and in strong tournament
She's won 2 cat. 1 G16s in Italy, last week in Folignio (beat Daniela Vismane 1 & 4 in the final), and this week in Milano (beat Giulia Peoni 6-7(5) 6-4 7-5 in the final); she also was in the final of the cat. 1 G16 in Biella two weeks ago (fell to Marina Bassols Ribera, 5-7 2-6 in the final
). Impressive Italian campaign!
She also made the SFs of G1 Torneo Sudamericano Individual at the end of March in Bolivia - got wins over (7)Laura Escauriza (#95), 3-6 6-1 6-0 in R2, (10)Emiliana Arango (#114), 1 & 2 in R3, and (1)Julieta Estable (#21, WTA 619), 6-4 3-6 6-1 in QF!
She lost to (12)Yuliana Monroy, 5-7 3-6 in the SFs.
That run in Bolivia got her to a junior CHR of 182; this week she's #189.
I watched her play against Potapova in the SFs of U14 Eddie Herr last winter, she runs a lot, puts a lot of ball back in play and barely misses, she made Nastya work very hard for the win and the match was very close. However in that match she looked fundamentally weaponless, she'll have to work hard on beefing up her game if as it's gonna get tougher and tougher as she begins to compete in the strongest U18 tournaments, packed with big and powerful girls.
GL in the future Maria!