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Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 World Junior Champion Potapova Starts Orange Bowl with Win, Top US Girls Seeds Advance; USA Wins Sixth Straight Master'U Championship; Shane Claims Waco Futures Title

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Plantation, FL--

World No. 1 junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia played her first match as the 2016 ITF World Junior Champion today in the first round of the ITF Grade A Metropolia Orange Bowl, but it wasn't a particularly satisfying victory for the 15-year-old Wimbledon girls champion.

Potapova had drawn, for the second consecutive Grade A in the US, friend Maria Mateas, who had taken Potapova to three sets in the opening round of the US Open Junior Championships back in September.

"We had a practice yesterday and she asked me if we play again," Potapova said. "I and was like, 95 percent yes. And of course, we did. It's always tough to play her, because she's a strong player, so good at tennis, and she's my good friend."

Mateas started the match well, going up a break, but Potapova fought back to take the first set 6-3, and at 2-1 in the second set, down a break, Mateas asked for a trainer, and retired after taking the medical timeout.

"Her shoulder was hurting so much, she can't play," Potapova said. "I'm so sorry for her. It was a good match, and I want to wish her to get better soon."

Despite the unfortunate circumstances that led to the win, Potapova could express her satisfaction at finishing the year as the ITF's No. 1 junior.

"Of course I am so happy," Potapova said. "It was my goal after winning Wimbledon, my goal for the other half of the year and I'm happy that I did it."

Potapova's lead in the points race became insurmountable only when second-ranked Kayla Day withdrew last week.

"She had an amazing year," Potapova said. "She won a $50,000, she won US Open. I wish her luck for next year."

Potapova left the Veltri Tennis Center with a broken finger last year, an injury she suffered in the semifinals against Day, forcing her to retire.

"I am here to finish what I started last year," Potapova said. "Probably this is my last junior tournament, and I want to show amazing here. Not so much pressure now that I am 100 percent the No. 1, but it's always a bit of extra pressure on the first. I feel it, but I'm used to it, so it's ok."

No. 2 seed Amanda Anisimova, who lost to Potapova in a blockbuster first round of the Orange Bowl, had an easier time in her second Orange Bowl singles match, beating Zhibek Kulambayeva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-1.  No. 3 seed Claire Liu won the final 11 games in her 6-3, 6-0 win over Himari Sato of Japan and No. 4 seed Taylor Johnson moved past Jia Qi Ren of China 6-3, 6-0.  All four top seeds in the girls draw did not play last week's Grade 1 Eddie Herr.

The United States started with seven of the 16 seeds in the girls draw, but No. 12 seed Caty McNally was beaten by Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and No. 16 seed Natasha Subhash lost to Emiliana Arango of Colombia 6-3, 6-1. Usue Arconada, the No. 7 seed, and Ellie Douglas, the No. 10 seed, play their first round matches on Tuesday.

Fourteen-year-old wild card Whitney Osuigwe defeated No. 13 seed Yuki Naito of Japan 6-3, 6-0. Wild card Nathalie Finch, Pepperdine freshman Ashley Lahey, Elyisa Bolton and Hurricane Tyra Black are the other US girls to advance to Wednesday's second round.

A rematch of the Eddie Herr final is on Tuesday's schedule, with champion Maria Carle of Argentina again meeting Varvara Gracheva of Russia, who is the No. 14 seed this week. Both were seeded last week, with Carle 12, but she is unseeded this week, with the Eddie Herr not counting for this week's seedings.

The boys draw lost two seeds on Monday, with No. 6 seed Yshai Oliel of Israel falling to Sergio Hernandez Ramirez of Colombia 6-2, 6-2 and No. 10 seed Juan Carlos Aguilar of Bolivia going out to Gianni Ross 6-2, 7-6(5). Only two US boys are seeded, with No. 13 seed Sam Riffice beating Shinji Hazawa of Japan 6-2, 6-1 today, and No. 16 seed Trent Bryde playing on Tuesday. In addition to Ross and Riffice, Patrick Kypson, Oliver Crawford and wild cards Karl Poling and Lukas Greif posted wins on Monday.

No. 2 seed Yibing Wu of China, a late withdrawal at the Eddie Herr, advancing with a 6-0, 6-3 win over wild card Mikael Rodriguez of Ecuador. ITF No. 1 and Eddie Herr champion Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia will play his first round match against wild card Joseph Honorio Tuesday.

The 18s doubles will begin Tuesday, with Eddie Herr champions Kecmanovic and Benjamin Sigouin of Canada the top boys seeds.  Olga Danilovic of Serbia and Potapova are the No. 1 seeds in the girls doubles.

In the 16s, both Eddie Herr champions continued their winning streaks, with Katie Volynets defeating qualifier Makayla Mills 6-0, 6-2 and Great Britain's Anton Matusevich, the No. 3 seed, defeating Blake Croyder 6-2, 6-3.

Both have intriguing second round matches on Tuesday, with Volynets facing Victoria Hu, who she beat yesterday in the Eddie Herr final, and Matusevich meeting 2016 Kalamazoo 16s finalist Jenson Brooksby.

The draws and order of play can be found at the USTA tournament page, where there is also a link to live scoring.

The USA collegiate team of Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State, Ena Shibahara of UCLA, Hayley Carter of North Carolina, Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech, Strong Kirchheimer of Northwestern and Tom Fawcett of Stanford won the country's sixth consecutive Master'U BNP Paribas, the international team event for collegiate tennis.  The United States defeated Russia 4-1 in the final, after overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Germany in the semifinals.  For more on the competition, see the USTA College Tennis page and College Tennis Today.

At the $25,000 Waco Futures, 2015 NCAA champion Ryan Shane of Virginia won the second ITF Pro Circuit singles title of his career, with the No. 7 seed saving a match point in his 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 win over unseeded Jared Hiltzik, a recent Illinois graduate, in the final.

Mexico's Hans Hach(Abilene Christian) and Great Britain's Farris Gosea(Illinois) won the doubles title, with the No. 2 seeds beating Baylor's Juan Benitez Chavarriaga of Colombia and Julian Lenz of Germany, who were unseeded, 7-5, 6-3.

This week's USTA Pro Circuit event is a $25,000 Futures in Tallahassee, with Sekou Bangoura the No. 1 seed.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Carle Comeback Secures Eddie Herr ITF Title; Kecmanovic Wins Boys Championship; Volynets Takes 16s Title, Pielet and Khan Win 14s Championships

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Brandenton, FL--

Sunday's two championship matches in the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr tournament were studies in contrast, with Maria Carle of Argentina down 6-2, 4-2 before rebounding for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Varvara Gracheva of Russia, while Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia needed less than an hour to claim a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Benjamin Sigouin of Canada.

The 9 a.m. start was early for the majority of the spectators, who did not witness Carle's struggles in the first set. The 16-year-old, seeded No. 12, needed time to adapt to Gracheva's power, but just as she had done in her 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 semifinal win over Carson Branstine, Carle made the adjustment, although just barely in time Sunday.

"It was the same match, I think," Carle said, comparing the final to Saturday's match. "This match was more hard for me, because I am one set to love and 4-2 down, and well, I think I have lost the match. But I say, ok, I will try. Play more hard, use my slice and that was the key for the match today."

Carle ended a series of four consecutive breaks by holding for 4-4 in the second, and she broke an error-prone Gracheva to take a 6-5 lead. Gracheva had made few errors in her 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win over Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany, but many of her shots in the late stages of the second set found the tape, and Carle held in the final game to take the set.

Gracheva dropped her serve in the opening game of the third set, failing to convert on four game points, but Carle was unable to capitalize, losing the next game. Another break of serve gave Carle a 2-1 lead, and this time she consolidated it. Carle got her fourth straight break of the Gracheva serve for a 4-1 lead, but Gracheva again closed the gap when she broke and held for 4-3.  Carle sensed how important her next hold was, and when she got it, at 40-30, she let out a loud vamos, an emotional reaction that had the now large crowd of spectators surrounding the court chuckling at its intensity.

Gracheva had two game points to force Carle to serve for the match, but she made two unforced errors and after a nifty cross court forehand pass from Carle, Gracheva faced a match point.  Again her shot caught the tape, this time going over but landing well wide, giving Carle her first ITF Grade 1 title and her first title at any level this year.

Carle, who won the Orange Bowl 16s title last year, was reluctant to compare the two titles.

"It's the same for me, the same victory," said Carle, who trains at the club in Tandil where Juan Martin del Potro learned to play tennis. "Orange Bowl transmits for me a lot of confidence for the year, and I think that this tournament was the same as the Orange Bowl for me. An incredible moment and an amazing week. I want to thank the Eddie Herr tournament for giving me confidence and happiness."

Gracheva, seeded sixth, was frustrated with her loss and the 16-year-old acknowledged that Carle's game style was the source of much of her inability to execute in the final stages of the second set and most of the third.

"It's difficult for me to win with a person who is just running and pushing," said Gracheva, who trains with former WTA Top 100 player Nina Bratchikova in Germany. "My strong shots were making no sense, and then I missed. It's a talent, a real talent, because she runs faster than my balls, I don't know how.  And the slice, the slice is always difficult."

Both Carle and Gracheva will head to the Orange Bowl for matches Tuesday, with Carle returning to the site of her title last year, while Gracheva will be playing the event for the first time in her career.

After the long and emotional girls match, most of the spectators settled in for the boys final, but it proved to be short and drama-free.

Kecmanovic, who rose to the top of the ITF Junior rankings two weeks ago with his title at the Grade A in Mexico City, looked the part throughout the final.

The top seed didn't face a break point in the match and was never even taken to deuce on any of his service games.  But despite that impressive serving, which set him up to dominate the point from the ground, Kecmanovic said it was his return that was the real difference in the match.

"I think I served pretty good, but my return I think was the key today," said the 17-year-old, who lives and trains at the IMG Academy. "Obviously he has big serves and I didn't miss much of the returns and that's what made the difference today."

Kecmanovic got a break in the third game of each set, and never took his foot off the gas, as he had allowed himself to do in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over No. 12 seed Ergi Kirkin of Turkey in Saturday's semifinals.

The second-seeded Sigouin, on the other hand, had the memory of an impressive comeback in his 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 semifinal win over No. 3 seed Kenneth Raisma of Estonia to look to for inspiration, but Kecmanovic didn't show any signs of vulnerability.

"I think I came out kind of slow and I think that affected the whole match," said the 17-year-old Sigouin. "I for sure could have played much better, but he didn't miss too much today at all, so it was hard to win a lot of long points. He made a lot of first serves today, I didn't, and that was key, and I didn't return as well as I should have either. But I'm just going to look at it as a great week and just move forward."

Kecmanovic is planning to play the Orange Bowl next week, his fourth tournament in four weeks, although he is assured of finishing the year at No. 1 regardless of whether he defends his title, with No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, the only player with a chance of catching him, dropping out last week.

"It's nice to win both (singles and doubles) every tournament, but it doesn't happen very often," Kecmanovic said. "So I enjoy these moments very much and I think I'm going to take this, just relax at Orange Bowl, and try to play my best."

Although the United States did not have representation in either of the ITF singles finals, there were six Americans in five of the six finals of the younger divisions, with Katie Volynets claiming the girls 16s title, Gianna Pielet taking the girls 14s title and Zane Khan capturing the boys 14s title.

No. 7 seed Volynets defeated No. 4 seed Victoria Hu 6-3, 6-2 in the day's only all-US final, contested by two 14-year-olds.

Volynets had dropped the opening set of her quarterfinal match with Angelica Blake 6-0, but that result jolted her into a more aggressive mindset.

"I decided to start all my matches aggressively and play my game," said the 2015 National 14s champion, a Walnut Creek, California resident. "That's attacking as often as I can. Today, I came out and I was really ready to play aggressively and to play high-level tennis, and it was a great match."

Volynets wasn't ready to say that it was the best match she had played, but she would concede it was in the conversation.

"It's a big deal to me," Volynets said of the Eddie Herr title. "I really wanted to win this and I'm really glad."

Volynets heads for the Orange Bowl 16s for a match on Monday, where she is unseeded.

Pielet succeeded Volynets as National 14s champion this year, and she too has an Eddie Herr title after the No. 5 seed defeated No. 2 seed Emma Raducanu of Great Britain 6-2, 6-3.

The 14-year-old from El Paso, Texas said the breezy conditions may have helped her get the straight-sets win.

"My opponent hit really hard and it was hard to get a rhythm," Pielet said. "So I had to find a way to get more balls in the court and move her around. The wind was really bad, and I think it affected her mostly. If it hadn't been windy, I think it would have been a lot closer."

Pielet defeated top seed Qinwen Zheng of China 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, and she pointed to that match as her best tennis of the week.

"And yesterday in the semis (when she defeated No. 4 seed Gabby Price 6-7(3) 6-2, 6-4), was really good."

Pielet will be playing in the 14s division at the Junior Orange Bowl in two weeks.

Also attempting the Eddie Herr/Junior Orange double is Zane Khan, who won the first leg of the two prestigious events by defeating top seed Bu Yunchaokete of China 6-3, 6-3.

"I played well today," said Khan, who was not in the main draw when the acceptances were first published, but did move in after several withdrawals. "It was pretty tricky, because it's windy out here, and I wasn't serving too well, and I was getting my second serve attacked a lot. It was tough to get my service games, but I broke him most of the time, because I was returning pretty well."

Khan, the No. 2 seed, who had finished as runner-up in the Eddie Herr 12s division two years ago, preferred the result of his second final.

"This feels much better," said Khan, who headed to the draw board for the first of many photo sessions.

Both US players in the 12s finals were beaten, with No. 3 seed Katrina Scott falling to No. 4 seed Dasha Plekhanova of Canada 6-4, 7-5 in the girls final.

In the boys 12s final, unseeded qualifier Gunuk Kang of Korea won his tenth match of the tournament, beating No. 9 seed Jonah Braswell 6-1, 6-2.  Kang, who dropped only one set in those ten matches, is the second consecutive unseeded qualifier to win the boys 12s, with Xiaofei Wang of China pulling off that feat last year.

In the boys 16s final, No. 2 seed Anton Matusevich won the all-British final, beating No. 4 seed Jake Hersey 6-4, 7-6(5).

Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Kecmanovic and Sigouin Meet for Eddie Herr ITF Title, Gracheva and Carle in Girls Final; Six Americans Play for Eddie Herr Championships in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Bradenton, FL--

A week of beautiful weather will come to a close on Sunday with the top two seeds in the boys Eddie Herr ITF tournament, Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia and Benjamin Sigouin of Canada, playing for their second championship after the pair captured the doubles title after tough semifinal singles victories on Saturday morning.

The girls championship will feature No. 6 seed Varvara Gracheva of Russia, who defeated unseeded Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany 6-2, 6-2 and No. 12 seed Maria Carle of Argentina, who won a controversial and messy match with unseeded Carson Branstine 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Sigouin came back from the brink of defeat to take a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision from No. 3 seed Kenneth Raisma of Estonia, with Raisma serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set.  Raisma never got to match point in that game, although got as close as deuce twice. Raisma's backhand began to let him down near the end of the second set, but it was two consecutive double faults from 15-30 that proved fatal, and he was broken.  Sigouin had to save a break point serving for the set at 6-5, but two aces, the final one on his second game point put him into a third set.

"I think I did pick up my game," the 17-year-old right-hander said of the latter stages of the second set. "I don't feel he should regret anything, I just played very well that game. I was kind of pissed off from the game before, and I had a break 3-1 in the second, so I wasn't the happiest guy."

Sigouin broke Raisma for a 3-2 lead and held for 4-2, but after he fell going for a shot in Raisma's next service game, Sigouin had to call the trainer for his bleeding knee.

"I actually didn't want to take a medical timeout, but I felt like I had to," Sigouin said.  "It maybe slowed me down a little bit but I didn't really want to relax after that."

After giving up his break Sigouin got it right back, hitting a backhand winner at 15-40 to give him an opportunity to close it out on serve. He lost the first point of the game, but closed it out by winning the last four points, with a good first serve ending the final point before it really started.

"I was lucky I served from the easier side to serve from," Sigouin said. "With the wind a little bit and not against the sun, that helped. In Mexico City (the Grade A two weeks ago), I had six match points and I lost that match in the quarters and that hurt a lot, so this is definitely going to feel good."

Like Sigouin, Kecmanovic had not lost a set coming into the semifinals, but his 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over No. 12 seed Ergi Kirkin of Turkey proved a difficult puzzle to solve for the ITF's No. 1 junior.

"I think it was just that my opponent played a different game style than I'm used to," said Kecmanovic, who trains at the IMG Academy. "He was just getting a lot of balls back and making me play a few more shots. I think that got to me a little, but in the end I stayed focused and got through."

Kecmanovic admitted his frustration level peaked in the second set.

"In the second set I didn't really stay calm," the US Open boys finalist said. "I started going for too much and started missing and that's why I lost the second set."

Kirkin broke Kecmanovic to start the third set, but Kecmanovic got the break right back and then earned a break to make it 4-2.  But that one-break lead was tenuous when Kecmanovic went to serve out the match at 5-3.

"It was very difficult at the end, so I just tried to stay mentally tough," Kecmanovic said. "He had three break points in that last game on my serve, but I had some pretty good points, so I'm pretty happy about that."

Kecmanovic and Sigouin have never played before.

"It's going to be our first match, but I know he plays very good of course, and we'll see how it goes," Kecmanovic said.

While Kecmanovic was working to subdue Kirkin on Court 1, drama was building on Court 3, with Carle attempting to earn a split with Branstine at 5-1 in the second set.  Earlier in the set, both players had been given a soft warning by the chair umpire for too much emotional celebration directed at her opponent, and shortly thereafter Branstine was issued an actual code violation warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Carle had thought that was a second code violation, which is a point penalty, and confusion ensued when Branstine said the game was not complete, while Carle maintained it was.  The chair umpire, who was doing live scoring input, but not using a card, was not definitive in his reconstruction and the referee was called to court to sort it out. The decision went in Carle's favor, much to Branstine's dismay, but it was Branstine who took an early 2-1 lead in the third set, only to see Carle win four of the next five games for a 5-3 lead.

Always prone to self-critical monologues in a match, Branstine's frustration level grew, and Carle was the steadier of the two in the final points of the match, with a good first serve, a missed return and third shot handcuffing Branstine giving Carle the victory.  Branstine heaved her racquet into the chain link fence separating the court from the walkway, startling a few spectators watching from there and after leaving the court, was heard smashing her racquet.

"It was a hard match, and the girl that I play, play so good," Carle said. "There were problems, discussions in the match and in the second set, the problem was the ref called 5-1, when it was set for me, and this is the big problem. I try to stay focused, and I think these matches are for those who are mental strong, and this was the key for me. Stay focus and concentrate in my play."

Being down in the final set did not faze Carle, who won the 16s Orange Bowl title last year, but had not reached a Grade 1 final before this week.

"I try to be positive all the time," Carle said. "Because if you stay mad for two minutes, you lose the match. I try to stay positive for all the points, and this is key for me."

With all the drama in the other three semifinals, the Court 1 match between Gracheva and Cantos Siemers paled in comparison, with Gracheva efficiently ending the German's impressive run this week.

Gracheva made few errors and her backhand was nearly all the offense she needed.

"I think I played really good today," said the 16-year-old, who has trained in Germany with 31-year-old Russian Nina Bratchikova, a former WTA Top 100 player, for the past three years. "I focused on my game, what I was supposed to do."

Gracheva said she did not think about Cantos Siemers' comebacks in her previous two rounds, but concentrated instead on hitting her favorite shot, a backhand down the line.

Gracheva has four titles in ITF Grade 2 events this year, but like Carle, she will be playing in her first Grade 1 final on Sunday, and it will be their first meeting.

The day's action closed with Kecmanovic and Sigouin taking the doubles title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over unseeded Govind Nanda and Alexandre Rotsaert.

Kecmanovic and Sigouin, the top seeds, had never played together before, but everything was clicking for the pair Saturday afternoon, with Nanda and Rotsaert not having a game point until they held at 6-0, 5-0.

"Our goal was to finish this match quick, because we have a big match tomorrow," Sigouin said. "We had two long ones today, so we tried to get the job done."

"I think we were both tired, but it didn't really show because we played very well," Kecmanovic said. "We were serving pretty good and returning, and that gave us easy points."

The match took only 34 minutes, and the momentum swings that regularly surface in doubles never appeared.  Kecmanovic and Sigouin will try for a second straight title at next week's Orange Bowl.

The girls final, played early Saturday morning, saw No. 4 seeds Kaja Juvan of Slovenia and Lea Boskovic of Croatia win their second title in as many attempts, defeating No. 7 seeds Maria Portillo Ramirez of Mexico and Sofia Sewing 7-6(8), 6-3.

Juvan and Boskovic won a $10,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in October, so they were confident in their first junior event as a team.

"It was a great victory," said Juvan, 16. "It was a tough tournament, a lot of great players."

"We were playing some great matches," said Boskovic, 17. "They played great, so congrats to them also, but it's amazing."

Juvan and Boskovic, who beat top seeds Yuki Naito of Japan and Xiyu Wang of China in the semifinals, will be going for their third straight title at the Orange Bowl next week.

The finals are now set for the 12s, 14s and 16s divisions, with six Americans vying for singles titles on Sunday morning.

The only final not featuring an American is the boys 16s, which is an all-British affair between Jake Hersey, the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 seed Anton Matusevich.

The US is assured of claiming the girls 16s final, with Victoria Hu and Katie Volynets advancing to the finals with wins today. Gianna Pielet, the No. 5 seed will play No. 2 seed Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the girls 14s final, and No. 3 seed Katrina Scott, the Easter Bowl 12s champion, will face No. 4 seed Dasha Plekhanova of Canada in the girls 12s final.

No. 2 seed Zane Khan will face top seed Bu Yunchaokete of China in the boys 14s final and Jonah Braswell, the No 9 seed, will meet qualifier Gunuk Kang of Korea in the boys 12s final.

The full draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

Below are the results of the singles semifinals, including those played on Friday:

Girls 12s:
Katrina Scott[3](USA) def. Stela Peeva[11](BUL) 6-3, 6-2
Dasha Plekhanova[4](CAN) def. Tatiana Muzykantskaya[2](RUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 FRIDAY

Girls 14s:
Gianna Pielet[5](USA) def. Gabby Price[4](USA) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4
Emma Raducanu[2](GBR) def. Natasha Sengphrachanh[12](CAN)  6-7(1), 6-3, 6-1 FRIDAY

Girls 16s semifinals:
Victoria Hu[4](USA) def. Emma Navarro[9](USA) 6-1, 6-2
Katie Volynets[7](USA) def. Margaryta Bilokin[3](UKR) 6-0, 6-2

Boys 12s:
Jonah Braswell[9](USA) def. Victor Lilov[1](USA) 6-4, 6-4
Gunuk Kang(KOR) def. Kenta Nakamura(JPN) 7-5, 6-3 FRIDAY

Boys 14s:
Bu Yunchaokete[1](CHN) def. Toby Kodat(USA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 FRIDAY
Zane Khan[2](USA) def. Alexander Gaponenko[3](ISR) 6-2, 6-4

Boys 16s:
Jake Hersey[4](GBR) def. Vikash Singh[5](IND) 6-2, 6-4
Anton Matusevich[2](GBR) def. Jack Draper[3](GBR) 6-4, 7-5 FRIDAY

The doubles championships were all played on Saturday.  Below are photos of the winners, with the results of the finals in the captions.

G12s: Maria Drobotova/Katrina Scott[1](USA) def. Nadezda Khalturina(RUS)/Stela Peeva(BUL)[4] 6-4, 6-4

B12s: Jonah Braswell/Bruno Kuzuhara[2](USA) def. Victor Lilov/Evan Wen[1](USA) 4-6, 7-6(1), 10-6
B14s: Viktor Jovic(SRB)/Alexander Mandma(EST)[3] def. Santiago de la Fuente/Juan Torres[6](ARG) 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8
G14s: Kylie Bilchev/Emma Raducanu[1](GBR) def. Jiaqi Wang/Qinwen Zheng[3](CHN) 6-2, 7-5
G16s: Margaryta Bilokin(UKR)/Amber O’Dell[2](USA) def. Saara Orav(EST)/Sarka Richterova(CZE)[7] 6-4, 6-0
B16s: Leighton Allen/Joseph Brailovsky(USA) def. Cleeve Harper(CAN)/Vikash Singh(IND)[5] 6-2, 3-6, 10-7

Friday, December 2, 2016

November Aces; Top Seeds Kecmanovic, Sigouin Advance to Eddie Herr ITF Semis, Cantos Siemers' Run Continues; Five Finalists Ready for 12s, 14s, 16s Championship Matches Sunday

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Bradenton, FL--

Before I get to the action today at the Eddie Herr Championships, here is my review of November's top college and junior tennis performers for the Tennis Recruiting Network. Fifteen players in all, with teenagers making up the bulk of the highlights, now that college tennis's individual season has been completed.

At the Grade 1 ITF event at the IMG Academy, top seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia and No. 2 seed Benjamin Sigouin of Canada continued to post impressive results, with both claiming their fourth consecutive straight-sets wins.

Kecmanovic, the ITF's top-ranked junior boy, defeated No. 6 seed Tomas Etcheverry of Argentina 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the Eddie Herr ITF quarterfinals for the first time after taking quarterfinal losses in both 2014 and 2015.

Kecmanovic will play fellow 17-year-old Ergi Kirkin of Turkey, who survived the day's longest singles match. Kirkin, seeded 12th, needed over three hours to work his way past No. 13 seed Alberto Lim of the Philippines 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Kenneth Raisma, the No. 3 seed, eliminated Lukas Greif, the last American boy in the draw, 6-1, 6-4, spoiling the Kalamazoo 16s champion's 17th birthday.

The 18-year-old Raisma, the Wimbledon boys doubles champion, will play Sigouin next, with the 17-year-old Canadian earning a 6-3, 6-3 victory over unseeded Finn Bass. Sigouin, who reached the semifinals here last year, has had some of his best results on clay.

Against Bass, Sigouin led 6-3, 5-0, unsuccessfully serving for the match twice before he finally broke Bass for the win, aided by a shanked backhand lob winner at 30-all that had spectators chuckling and Bass shaking his head in disbelief and repeating "wow" several times.

"I kind of got really relaxed after I got the third break," said Sigouin, "It's happened a couple of times. In Mexico City, the same thing happened, so I happy to get through."

As for the lob winner, Sigouin recognized his good fortune when Finn was no doubt feeling the momentum in the match had turned in his favor.

"Yeah, I was really relieved," Sigouin said. "It couldn't have come at a better time."

Sigouin's match with Raisma will be his first against a seeded player.

"I been happy with the way I've been playing, but honestly, I haven't had the toughest draw," Sigouin said. "But I think I've been dealing with my matches well and I deserve to be in the semis."

Sigouin, who is No. 2 in the Tennis Recruiting Class of 2017 rankings, is still considering college as an option, but he has told the many interested coaches that he is not making a decision on his future until the middle of next year.

"I haven't visited any schools and I haven't looked properly yet," said Sigouin, who trains with Tennis Canada at the National Centre in Montreal, and is traveling this week with Vasek Pospisil's former coach Fred Fontang, who is also working with last year's Eddie Herr ITF champion Felix Auger-Aliassime. "Maybe in the near future I will look. I'm not sure yet."

Sigouin, who has reached the semifinals and quarterfinals at Futures tournaments this fall, will continue to play juniors next year, with the Australian Open Junior Championships on his calendar.

"My goal is to be the No. 1 junior," said Sigouin. "So I'm going to try to play these tournaments to accomplish that."

Sigouin and Kecmanovic will play in the doubles final on Saturday after their singles semifinals, with the top seeds escaping with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 win over unseeded Gianni Ross and Danny Thomas. Ross and Thomas saved three match points at 3-5 in the second set, another on a deciding point at 5-4 in the second set and then two more at 9-5 in the match tiebreaker, but on match point No. 7 went the way of Sigouin and Kecmanovic.  Their opponents in the final are unseeded Alexandre Rotsaert and Govind Nanda, who beat No. 3 seeds Dan Added and Matteo Martineau of France 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.

With the top 5 seeds out of the girls singles draw after the third round, it's no surprise that two unseeded players have advanced to the semifinals.  One of them, Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany, has beaten three seeds in her last three matches, taking out No. 1 seed Xiyu Wang in the second round, No. 14 seed Morgan Coppoc in the third round and No. 9 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine today.

Cantos Siemers was not feeling well and considered retiring early in the match, but for the second day in a row, she dominated in the final two sets taking a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision from the 14-year-old Kostyuk.

"I felt really bad in the first set, I was extremely dizzy, I have a cold," Cantos Siemers said. "But I don't know, I fought through it and then suddenly I won the second set, and I realized I can win this. It definitely gave me confidence to do the same thing yesterday."

After a bathroom break for both girls after the second set, Kostyuk took a medical timeout and emerged from her time with the trainer with her left leg taped above the knee.  Kostyuk's movement didn't appear to be affected and she took a 2-0 lead in the third set, but Cantos Siemers raised the level of her game, particularly on the backhand side and she won the final six games of the match over an increasingly dispirited Kostyuk.

"I felt better with my backhand, I started to get my rhythm again," Cantos Siemers said of her resurgence after breaking Kostyuk and holding for 2-2.  "And the new balls. She hits really flat, so the balls come really fast and I am already not feeling very well, so I am hitting everything late. But once I got the rhythm of the new balls, I started feeling better again."

Cantos Siemers was happy to get the extra few minutes of rest when Kostyuk took the medical timeout.

"It actually helped me. As I said before, I wasn't feeling too well, so I used that time to rest myself."

Cantos Siemers is playing with a heavily taped thigh after tweaking her hamstring in her first round match.

"I always have a little pain, but I can't really tell," the 16-year-old left-hander said with a laugh. "I think it's actually better."

Cantos Siemers faces No. 6 seed Varvara Gracheva of Russia, who defeated unseeded Nicole Mossmer 6-3, 6-3.

"She's an amazing player; she has amazing timing," said Cantos Siemers, who will be playing the 16-year-old Russian for the first time. "I'm excited to play her, because she's my type of player."

Unseeded Carson Branstine lost her first set of the tournament today against No. 16 seed Astrid Brune Olsen but used her power to overcome the 17-year-old from Norway 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.  Branstine, who has agreed to play under the Canadian flag and is traveling with a Tennis Canada coach, although still technically representing the US at the moment, will play No. 12 seed Maria Carle of Argentina.  The crafty Carle, who won the 16s Orange Bowl title last year, defeated No. 15 seed Lea Boskovic of Croatia 6-3, 6-0.

Boskovic still has an opportunity for a title however, as she and partner Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, the No. 4 seeds, have advanced to Saturday's girls doubles championship, beating top seeds Yuki Naito of Japan and Xiyu Wang of China 6-4, 6-2.  They will play No. 7 seeds Maria Portillo Ramirez of Mexico and Sofia Sewing, who defeated No. 2 seeds Ellie Douglas and Natasha Subhash 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.

Five of the finalists in the younger age divisions have been determined with the results of those semifinals listed below.  Their opponents will be decided in the semifinals played on Saturday.  The girls 16s quarterfinals were all played today and both of those semifinals will be played Saturday. Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

Girls 12s:
Stela Peeva[11](BUL) v Katrina Scott[3](USA) SATURDAY
Dasha Plekhanova[4](CAN) def. Tatiana Muzykantskaya[2](RUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Girls 14s:
Gianna Pielet[5](USA) v Gabby Price[4](USA) SATURDAY
Emma Raducanu[2](GBR) def. Natasha Sengphrachanh[12](CAN)  6-7(1), 6-3, 6-1

Girls 16s quarterfinals:
Emma Navarro[9](USA) def. Cori Gauff[8](USA) 6-4, 7-5
Victoria Hu[4](USA) def. Hye Ran Yun[6](KOR) 6-3, 6-2

Margaryta Bilokin[3](UKR) def. Lauren Stein[10](USA) 6-0, 6-2
Katie Volynets[7](USA) def. Angelica Blake[11](USA) 0-6, 7-5, 6-2

Boys 12s:
Victor Lilov[1](USA) v Jonah Braswell[9](USA) SATURDAY
Gunuk Kang(KOR) def. Kenta Nakamura(JPN) 7-5, 6-3

Boys 14s:
Bu Yunchaokete[1](CHN) def. Toby Kodat(USA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Alexander Gaponenko[3](ISR) v Zane Khan[2](USA) SATURDAY

Boys 16s:
Vikash Singh[5](IND) v Jake Hersey[4](GBR) SATURDAY
Anton Matusevich[2](GBR) def. Jack Draper[3](GBR) 6-4, 7-5

Thursday, December 1, 2016

USTA National 16s Champions Move into Eddie Herr ITF Quarterfinals; Semifinals Set for 12s, 14s and Boys 16s; Day Withdraws From Orange Bowl

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Bradenton, FL--

Thursday's third round in the Eddie Herr ITF didn't go well for most of the US juniors with four of the five boys and six of the eight girls eliminated. But 2016 USTA National 16s champions Nicole Mossmer and Lukas Greif did make their way into the quarterfinals, with Mossmer saving match points in her 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 win over No. 3 seed Ellie Douglas and Greif beating Marko Miladinovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4.

Mossmer has now played six consecutive three-set matches, three in last week's ITF Grade 1 Yucatan Cup and three this week at the Eddie Herr.

"My first match in Mexico(at the Grade A in Mexico City) I was down 6-3, 5-1 and I came back and won that," said the 16-year-old from La Jolla, California. "In the second tournament (Yucatan), I lost the first set 6-0 and in the second set tiebreaker she had match point. I double faulted and we were literally about to touch hands to shake hands when I asked to see a mark, and it ended up being in. And she had a couple of other match points in the tiebreak, but I won the third set 6-0.  The other ones were just super long too. It's been a grind."

Drawing on memories of that match last week in Mexico, Mossmer faced down two match points in the second set tiebreaker with Douglas, and went on to dominate in the third set.

"I kind of just went for it," said Mossmer, whose defensive skills contribute to many long games and points. "I don't mind being down, I kind of like it. I just play my game and I played without any pressure on those points. I just went for my shots, and I think I hit a backhand winner on one of them."

Mossmer said she does not get tired, crediting her soccer training, which she abandoned only two years ago, with providing her the stamina to regularly play three-hour matches.

"The longer the match, the better it is for me," said Mossmer said. "When I played soccer, my team was really good, we were No. 1 in the nation. When I was 14, I played both, maybe not tennis as competitively, but I decided to play just tennis. There's something about being out there on the court and having it all be on how I play that I really liked. But just from playing soccer all the time I have really good fitness, really good endurance. I was a center midfielder, so I had to run a lot."

Mossmer doesn't play much on clay in Southern California, but believes her speed is an advantage for her on the surface once she has adjusted.

"I can get to a lot more balls than the other girls and a lot of them don't expect the ball to come back, but I keep getting them back," Mossmer said.

Greif, who trains in Indianapolis, also has little experience with clay, but

"I don't play on it very much," said Greif, the 16s USTA Clay Court Champion. "The last time I played on green clay was Clay Courts, actually. I like it, I play well on it, but it's tough to adjust.  I do feel it helps me get to more balls that I could on hard court; I think it helps my game, but adjusting to it was tough at first. But now I feel adjusted and I'm playing well."

Greif, who turns 17 Friday, was pleased with his level of play against the young Serbian, who will be 16 next week.

"Today I played really well," said Greif, who received a wild card into the tournament. "I played aggressive, got it done on big points. It was a long two-setter, we had a lot of deuce games in the first set. In the second set, the 4-all game was pretty big, it went to deuce and I broke him, then closed it out own my serve, came up with a few good shots."

Greif's quarterfinal opponent is No. 3 seed Kenneth Raisma of Estonia, who came back from a set down for the second straight match.

"I hadn't seen him play before this tournament, but I watched a little bit yesterday against Danny Thomas," Greif said. "He's good. It will be a tough one."

Mossmer will face No. 6 seed Varvara Gracheva of Russia, who is now the highest seed remaining in the girls draw.

Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany, who defeated top seed Xiyu Wang of China on Wednesday, continued her outstanding play, topping No. 14 seed Morgan Coppoc 6-7(2), 6-0, 6-1.  She will play No. 9 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine, the 2015 Eddie Herr 14s champion, who defeated Jimena Rodriguez-Benito 6-0, 6-3.

Carson Branstine, who is currently USA, but changing to Canada when her passport comes through, ended the run of 14-year-old Vanessa Ong with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Branstine will play No. 16 seed Astrid Brune Olsen of Norway, who beat No. 4 seed Jodi Burrage of Great Britain 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.  No. 12 seed Maria Carle of Argentina defeated qualifier Victoria Emma 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and will face No. 15 seed Lea Boskovic of Croatia. Boskovic eliminated Sofia Sewing 7-6(2), 6-1.

Boys top seed Miomir Kecmanovic got out of a tough first set with No. 14 seed Gianni Ross and went on to a 7-5, 6-1 victory.  He will play No. 6 seed Tomas Etcheverry of Argentina, who outlasted unseeded Patrick Kypson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, ending the three-hour match by taking final five games.

No. 13 seed Alberto Lim of the Philippines defeated Vasil Kirkov 6-2, 6-2 and will meet No. 12 seed Ergi Kirkin of Turkey, who beat No. 7 seed Sam Riffice 6-4, 6-1.  Finn Bass of Great Britain joins Greif as the only unseeded players in remaining, and he will play No. 2 seed Benjamin Sigouin of Canada next. Bass beat Ray Ho of Taiwan 1-6, 7-6(1), 6-3, while Sigouin took out Nick Hardt of the Dominican Republic 6-1, 6-3.

Friday's doubles semifinals will feature two unseeded US boys teams and three US girls.

Ross and Thomas will face top seeds Kecmanovic and Sigouin and Govind Nanda and Alexsandre Rotsaert will meet No. 3 seeds Dan Added and Matteo Martineau of France.

No. 2 seeds Douglas and Natasha Subhash will play No. 7 seeds Maria Portillo Ramirez of Mexico and Sewing in one semifinal.  The other has top seeds Yuki Naito and Wang against No. 4 seeds Kaja Juvan of Slovenia and Boskovic.

The bottom half semifinal in the boys and girls 12s and 14s divisions and the boys 16s division will play on Friday, with the top half semifinal matches scheduled for Saturday (the one exception is B14s).  After a rain delay earlier in the week, the girls 16s division will play all four of their quarterfinal matches on Friday and both semifinal matches on Saturday. Below are the matchups, with Friday's matches in bold.

Girls 12s:
Stela Peeva[11](BUL)v  Katrina Scott[3](USA)
Dasha Piekhanova[4](CAN) v Tatiana Muzykantskaya[2](RUS)

Girls 14s:
Gianna Pielet[5](USA) v Gabby Price[4](USA)
Natasha Sengphrachanh[12](CAN) v Emma Raducanu[2](GBR)

Girls 16s quarterfinals:
Emma Navarro[9](USA) v Cori Gauff[8](USA)
Victoria Hu[4](USA) v Hye Ran Yun[6](KOR)
Lauren Stein[10](USA) v Margaryta Bilokin[3](UKR)
Katie Volynets[7](USA) v Angelica Blake[11](USA)

Boys 12s:
Victor Lilov[1](USA) v Jonah Braswell[9](USA)
Kenta Nakamura(JPN) v Gunuk Kang(KOR)

Boys 14s:
Bu Yunchaokete[1](CHN) v Toby Kodat(USA)
Alexander Gaponenko[3](ISR) v Zane Khan[2](USA)

Boys 16s:
Vikash Singh[5](IND) v Jake Hersey[4](GBR)
Jack Draper[3](GBR) v Anton Matusevich[2](GBR)

Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

According to the USTA, Kayla Day has withdrawn from next week's Metropolia Orange Bowl with an injury, thereby assuring Anastasia Potapova of Russia of the ITF year-end World Junior Champion title.

The USTA's Orange Bowl preview can be found here.

Qualifying for the Orange Bowl 16s tournament begins Friday, with the boys and girls draws now available.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top Seed Wang, Second Seed Juvan Out in Second Round of Eddie Herr ITF; Quarterfinals Set for Thursday in 12s, 14s and Boys 16s

©Colette Lewis 2016--
Bradenton, FL--

Sixteen-year-old Irina Cantos Siemers of Germany spent several years training at the IMG Academy when she was younger, and although she had not been back since last playing the 14s age division of the Eddie Herr in 2013, she credits the atmosphere with an assist in her 6-3, 7-6(4) win over top seed Xiyu Wang of China in Wednesday's second round of the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr.

"I think this is part of why I won today," said Cantos Siemers, who is currently training in Barcelona. "I love it here. Every time I'm here, I'm so happy."

Cantos Siemers didn't have to do much in the first set against fellow left-hander Wang, who made a slew of unforced errors and not nearly enough first serves. Cantos Siemers then took a 2-0 lead in the second set, and stretched that to 5-2, but the 15-year-old Wang found her game just in time.

"She was missing quite a lot with her forehand, and I knew exactly what I had to do," Cantos Siemers said. "Then she switched it up a bit and I got a little bit tight and a little bit confused. And she didn't miss at all actually."

Wang began to find the depth and placement that had been missing from her game earlier and she won four straight games to take a 6-5 lead.  She failed to earn a set point however when serving for the set however, and Cantos Siemers got to where she wanted to be, in a tiebreaker.

"I love playing tiebreakers,"  Cantos Siemers said. "I don't know why, but I feel very secure in them, so yeah, I felt good. But I was obviously a little nervous, because she was playing better."

The tiebreaker was 3-3 at the first changeover, but Wang's backhand began to show signs of stress and she made two errors on that side, the second of which gave Cantos Siemers two match points.  She only needed one, hitting a backhand just inside the baseline that handcuffed Wang and forced an error.

"It's one of my best wins, definitely," said Cantos Siemers, who is supported by the German Tennis Federation and still visits there often. "She's probably the highest ranked player I've beaten."

Next up for Cantos Siemers is one of the eight US girls left in the round of 16, No. 14 seed Morgan Coppoc. Coppoc defeated Lina Glushko of Israel 6-4, 7-5.

Sofia Sewing has had a great deal of success on the courts of the IMG Academy, winning the Eddie Herr 14s title in 2013 and the 16s title in 2014. She suffered her first Eddie Herr loss in three years last year in the ITF tournament, going out to eventual champion Kylie McKenzie in the second round, but she has another winning streak going now after beating No. 2 seed Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

Sewing served for the first set at 5-4, but was unable to get to set point, and Juvan took the tiebreaker, aided by a fortunate net cord. The first set took over 75 minutes to complete, but despite the discouraging end to the set, Sewing stayed positive.

"That net cord hurt a lot," said the 17-year-old from Miami. "I held that grudge for a while but I had to try to move on, think about the next set. I had to just play my game, forget about the first set and start over."

Sewing found herself in control in many of the rallies in the final two sets.

"I think the key for both of us to win was who was going to be more aggressive," Sewing said. "Who could be more consistent, because we had a lot of long rallies, and it was a really tough match. I think it was a really good match from both of us; it was really close, a few games in the end, a few points, that really made the difference."

Sewing, who won in three sets in her first round match Tuesday against Canadian qualifier Brindtha Ramasamy, will play No. 15 seed Lea Boskovic of Croatia, who defeated lucky loser Abigail Desiatnikov 6-3, 6-4.

The six other US girls in the round of 16 include two qualifiers: Vanessa Ong and Victoria Emma.  Ong, 14, defeated No. 10 seed Daniela Vismane of Latvia 6-3, 6-4 and will play Carson Branstine, who is still playing for the USA in this tournament, but is expected to change to Canada soon.  Branstine defeated Zhibek Kulambayeva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2.  Emma took out fellow qualifier Salma Ewing 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and will face No. 12 seed Maria Carle of Argentina. Jimena Rodriguez-Benito defeated Himari Sato of Japan 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 and will play No. 9 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine.

The only all-US third round match will feature No. 3 seed Ellie Douglas and Nicole Mossmer.  Douglas advanced when Anastasia Iamachkine of Peru retired trailing 6-1, 2-0, while Mossmer defeated Katya Townsend 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Five US boys advanced to the third round, with four of them in the top half of the draw. No. 14 seed Gianni Ross beat Jason Legall 7-6(5), 6-2, No. 7 seed Sam Riffice defeated Jack Mingjie Lin of Canada 6-2, 6-1, Vasil Kirkov downed Seon Yong Han of Korea 6-4, 6-1 and Patrick Kypson defeated qualifier William Grant 6-1, 6-3.  Ross will play top seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia next, Riffice faces No. 12 seed Ergi Kirkin of Turkey, Kirkov meets No. 13 seed Alberto Lim of the Philippines and Kypson takes on No. 6 seed Tomas Etcheverry of Argentina.

In the bottom half of the draw, Kalamazoo 16s champion Lukas Greif is the only US boy remaining.  He advanced when Sebastian Korda retired trailing 4-0 in the first set. Korda has been ill and his status for next week's Orange Bowl is questionable.  Greif will play Marko Miladinovic of Serbia, who beat No. 11 seed Trent Bryde 6-2, 6-1.  Bryde was the only boys seed to lose in the second round.

The doubles quarterfinals are set for Thursday, with three US teams still alive in the boys draw: Gianni Ross and Danny Thomas, Govind Nanda and Alexandre Rotsaert and Greif and Axel Nefve, who beat a seeded team for the second straight day today.

The girls doubles quarterfinals have eight US girls participating: No. 2 seeds Douglas and Natasha Subhash, Coppoc and Emma, Elysia Bolton and Mossmer and Sewing and Branstine.  Sewing is playing with Maria Portillo Ramirez of Mexico and Branstine is playing with Cantos Siemers.

The quarterfinals are set for the 12s and 14s divisions and the boys 16s division, with the girls 16s division a day behind due to rain late in the day on Monday.

The matchups:

Girls 12s:
Jade Haller[15](SUI) v Stela Peeva[11](BUL)
Katrina Scott[3](USA) v Denislava Glushkova[9](BUL)
Alexandra Eala(PHI) v Dasha Piekhanova[4](CAN)
Rebecca Lynn[6](USA) v Tatiana Muzykantskaya[2](RUS)

Girls 14s:
Qinwen Zheng[1](CHN) v Gianna Pielet[5](USA)
Gabby Price[4](USA) v Jada Bui[14](CAN)
Kylie Bilchev[8](GBR) v Natasha Sengphrachanh[12](CAN)
Elaine Chervinsky(USA) v Emma Raducanu[2](GBR)

Boys 12s:
Victor Lilov[1](USA) v Jackson Armistead[5](USA)
Ron Ellouck[4](ISR) v Jonah Braswell[9](USA)
Kenta Nakamura(JPN) v Haesun Lee[3](KOR)
Dinko Dinev[6](BUL) v Gunuk Kang(KOR)

Boys 14s:
Bu Yunchaokete[1](CHN) v Stefan Leustian(USA)
Nicholas-David Ionel[4](ROU) v Toby Kodat(USA)
Ryota Kaneda(JPN) v Alexander Gaponenko[3](ISR)
Juan Torres(ARG) v Zane Khan[2](USA)

Boys 16s:
JanMagnus Johnson(USA) v Vikash Singh[5](IND)
Jake Hersey[4](GBR) v Stefan Palosi[7](ROU)
Tyler Zink[8](USA) v Jack Draper[3](GBR)
Liam Draxl(CAN) v Anton Matusevich[2](GBR)

Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.