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Friday, July 20, 2018

My Wimbledon Junior Recap; Top Seed Woldeab vs Defending Champion Nefve in B18s Clays Semifinals; Illinois' Brown Reaches Iowa City Futures Semifinals; New Coaches for Notre Dame and Oregon Women

I'm back in Michigan after my fifth straight year of covering the Wimbledon Junior Championships, and if you didn't follow the daily coverage, this Tennis Recruiting Network recap will help you get up to speed quickly. Remarkable weather and two concurrent extra, extra inning matches last Friday will probably what I'll remember about the event years from now.

Unlike Wimbledon, the USTA Clay Court Championships this week have had plenty of rain delays, and the Girls 18s in Charleston South Carolina were not able to play their quarterfinals matches today.  The Boys 18s semifinals are set for Saturday, with the match between top seed Siem Woldeab and defending champion Axel Nefve, the No. 8 seed, an intriguing one.  Below are the semifinal matches in six of the divisions. The girls 12s final is Saturday. Full draws can be viewed by clicking on the heading.

Girls 12s:
Semifinal results:
Alexia Harmon[4] def. Ashton Bowers[9] 6-1, 6-2
Mia Slama[14] def. Blanka DeMicheli 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1

Girls 14s:
Vivian Ovrootsky[1] v Tsehay Driscoll
Clervie Ngounoue v Lan Mi[2]

Girls 16s:
Valenica Xu[1] v Madison Sieg[4]
Allura Zamarippa[8] v Elise Wagle[33]

Girls 18s:

Boys 12s:
Rudy Quan[1] v Alexander Razeghi[4]
Zhengqing Ji v Lucas Coriaty[6]

Lucas Brown[7] v Nicholas Heng[3]
Braden Shick[4] v John Kim[2]

Aidan Mayo v Logan Zapp[4]
Daniel Labrador v Ryan Fishback[2]

Siem Woldeab[1] v Axel Nefve[8]
Neel Rajesh[33] v Marcus Ferreira[17]

The semifinals are also set for the two USTA Pro Circuit events this week, with Illinois rising sophomore Alex Brown reaching his first Futures quarterfinal yesterday and his first semifinal with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-5 win today over No. 2 seed Tom Farquharson of Great Britain at the $25,000 Iowa City tournament. Brown, who was in qualifying even though he is from Iowa, is 4-0 in tiebreakers this week. He will play No. 6 seed Lloyd Glasspool(Texas) of Great Britain in Saturday's semifinals. The other semifinal features top seed Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia, who is on a 13-match winning streak this month, and No. 3 seed Collin Altamirano(Virginia). 

Alec Adamson(UC-Davis) and Nick Chappell(TCU) won the doubles title in Iowa City. The No. 4 seeds defeated University of Minnesota teammates Felix Corwin and Matic Spec 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 in today's final.

At the $60,000 women's tournament in Berkeley California, top seed Sonya Kenin will face No. 3 seed Nao Hibino of Japan in one semifinal, with No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs playing unseeded Ashley Kratzer, the 2017 USTA Girls 18s National champion. 

Bradley Klahn reached the semifinals of the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Gatineau Canada and will face No. 2 seed Jason Kubler of Australia in Saturday's semifinals. Klahn defeated Zhe Li of China 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3, while Kubler downed Ernesto Escobedo 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-3.

While I was in Great Britain, Notre Dame announced the hiring of Alison Silverio as their women's head coach. Silverio, who played at Georgia Tech and was head coach at the University of Oregon the past four years, replaces Jay Louderback, who retired this spring.  

Today Oregon announced its replacement for Silverio, with UNC assistant and Oregon alum Courtney Nagle returning to Eugene to take her first head coaching position. Nagle was an assistant at North Carolina for the past four years. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Talking Junior Tennis on Wimbledon Radio; Top Seed Lim Out at Boys 16s Clay Courts; Liu Falls to Martic in Bucharest

As I mentioned on Twitter last week, I was a guest on Wimbledon Radio while I was covering the junior championships there last week, and the producer was kind enough to send me a clip of the 19-minute conversation, which I've uploaded to YouTube. In addition to the host, the others on the air with me were former ATP star Thomas Enqvist and Claire Curran, who won the NCAA doubles title in 2000 while at Cal. The topic of the transition from juniors to pros always proves interesting, and I reveal the player that taught me I am not good at predicting who will go on to a Top 10 pro career.

The USTA Clay Court Championships are at various stages, with weather creating some issues, especially at the Girls 14s, where they have yet to play the round of 16.  Two top seeds have been eliminated, with Brooklyn Olson, the girls 12s No. 1 seed, losing to Ashton Bowers[9] 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16, and boys 16s No. 1 seed Zachery Lim falling to unseeded Aidan Mayo 6-1, 6-4.

The girls 12s are now in the semifinals; the rest will play their quarterfinals on Friday, with the round of 16 also on the schedule for the girls 14s Friday. The status of the top 8 seeds in each division is updated below.

Girls 12s
1. Brooklyn Olson (out rd of 16)
2. Elisabeth Dunac (out rd of 64)
3. Natalia Perez (out rd of 16)
4. Alexia Harmon
5. Emily Baek (out rd of 16)
6. Amber Yin (out quarterfinals)
7. Emma Roeck (out rd of 32)
8. Thea Latak (out rd of 16)

Ashton Bowers[9] v Alexia Harmon[4]
Mia Slama[14] v Blanka DeMicheli

Girls 14s
1. Vivian Ovrootsky
2. Lan Mi
3. Anushka Khune (out rd of 32)
4. Stephanie Yakoff
5. Alexis Blokhina (out rd of 64)
6. Gracie Epps (out rd of 64)
7. Natalie Block
8. Filippa Bruu-Syversen

Girls 16s
1. Valencia Xu
2. India Houghton (out rd of 128)
3. Nadejda Maslova (out rd of 64)
4. Madison Sieg
5. Leyden Games (out rd of 32)
6. Ava Catanzarite
7. Amber Marie Lee
8. Allura Zamarripa

Girls 18s
1. Abigail Forbes
2. Andrea Cerdan (out rd of 32)
3. Michelle Sorokko (out rd of 64)
4. Fiona Crawley (out rd of 32)
5. Emma Navarro
6. Chelsea Kung
7. Sonia Tartakovsky (out rd of 64)
8. Anna Zhang (out rd of 32)

Boys 12s:
1. Rudy Quan
2. Andrew Salu
3. Alexander Frusina (out rd of 16)
4. Alexander Razeghi
5. Adam Sun
6. Lucas Coriaty
7. Dylan Charlap (out rd of 16)
8. Piotr Andrzejewski (out rd of 32)

Boys 14s:
1. Noelle Andrey Ampong
2. John Kim
3. Nicholas Heng
4. Braden Shick
5. Evan Wen (out rd of 64)
6. Jackson Armistead (out rd of 16)
7. Lucas Brown
8. John-Tomas Bilski (out rd of 64)

Boys 16s:
1. Zachery Lim (out rd of 16)
2. Ryan Fishback
3. JJ Tracy (out rd of 32)
4. Logan Zapp
5. Spencer Brachman (out rd of 32)
6. Jack Anthrop (out rd of 32)
7. Jeremie Casabon (out rd of 128)
8. Jacob Bickersteth

Boys 18s:
1. Siem Woldeab
2. Christian Alshon (out rd of 64)
3. Leighton Allen
4. Bradley Frye (out rd of 32)
5. Marcus McDaniel(out rd of 16)
6. Andres Martin (out rd of 64)
7. Noah Schachter (out rd of 16)
8. Axel Nefve

Eighteen-year-old Claire Liu, who qualified for the WTA Bucharest Open and won her first round match, lost in the second round today to No. 4 seed Petra Martic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4. Liu should be close to 150 in the WTA rankings with her performance this week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Twenty-Five Americans Receive Direct Entry into US Open; This Week's USTA Pro Circuit Events in Berkeley and Iowa City; New Oracle Challenger Set for Chicago

The US Open announced its entry lists today, with 11 American men and 14 American women accepted into the main draw of the year's last major, which begins Monday August 27.

The American men receiving direct acceptances, with a cutoff of 101:
John Isner
Jack Sock
Sam Querrey
Frances Tiafoe
Steve Johnson
Ryan Harrison
Tennys Sandgren
Jared Donaldson
Taylor Fritz
Mackenzie McDonald
Denis Kudla

The American women receiving direct acceptances, with a cutoff of 101:
Sloane Stephens
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys
Coco Vandeweghe
Danielle Collins
Taylor Townsend
Sonya Kenin
Alison Riske
Jennifer Brady
Sachia Vickery
Bernarda Pera
Cici Bellis
Christina McHale

Caroline Dolehide is the first alternate, so she is likely to move into the main draw as well.

One of the eight main draw wild cards will go to the winner of the USTA's US Open Wild Card Challenge, which is in week two of the five weeks designated for results that count in the race.  Jessica Pegula and Collin Altamirano are the current leaders, with the US women competing in a $60,000 event this week in Berkeley and the US men in the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Gatineau Canada.

Sonya Kenin, who does not need the USO wild card, is the top seed in Berkeley, Nicole Gibbs(Stanford), who does, is the No. 2 seeds. Both have advanced to the second round, as has former Cal star Maegan Manasse, a wild card, No. 4 seed Kristie Ahn(Stanford), No. 5 seed Jamie Loeb(UNC), Emina Bektas(Michigan), Ashley Kratzer, Maria Sanchez(USC) and Danielle Lao(USC).

American men remaining in Gatineau are Bradley Klahn and Ernesto Escobedo, who advanced to the quarterfinals with wins today.

The women also have an event in Gatineau, a $25,000 ITF Women's Pro Circuit tournament, with Arina Rodionova of Australia the top seed. Robin Anderson(UCLA) has advanced to the second round, and wild card Alicia Barnett, a former Northwestern Wildcat from Great Britain, picked up her best career win as a pro, beating No. 2 seed and WTA No. 153 Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-0, 6-1 in second round action today.

The USTA Pro Circuit event this week for men is a $25,000 Futures in Iowa City, Iowa, where Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia is the top seed. Karlovskiy, who plays qualifier Felix Corwin in the second round Thursday, won the Wichita Futures and the Winnetka Challenger in the past two weeks. Other Americans into the second round are Altamirano(UVA), Strong Kirchheimer[8](Northwestern), DJ Thomas, Nick Chappell(TCU), Aron Hiltzik(Illinois) and qualifiers Alfredo Perez(Florida) and Alex Brown(Illinois).

photo credit: Aaron Bean via unsplash

Oracle announced today it would be sponsoring a new tournament in Chicago the second week of the US Open, September 2-9, 2018. Oracle's first foray into these Challenger events was this spring, where two tournaments were held prior to the BNP Paribas Open, with the player with the most points from the two events getting a main draw wild card.  Like those tournaments, this one will feature equal prize money for men and women, $150,000.  Qualifying draws are for 16 players, with the main draws 32 players.  For more on Oracle's new event, see the press release.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

USTA Clay Court Championships Underway; Defending Champion Kypson, US Open Junior Champion Day Entered in USTA 18s Nationals

I'm back from Wimbledon and ready to get some sleep, but I wanted to link to the draws for the USTA National Clay Court Championships, which are underway at various sites across the southern United States.  This year the Girls 18s tournament has moved from Memphis to Charleston South Carolina, with the Girls 16s relocating to Memphis from Virginia Beach.  The Girls 18s winner will receive a main draw wild into next spring's Volvo Car Open, a WTA Premier event in Charleston. The TennisLink website also says that the Tennis Channel will be covering the final on Sunday.

Below are the top eight seeds for all divisions, with links to the full draws in the headings. Although rain delays and late matches mean that all results are not yet posted for the day, I've included a note if a Top 8 seed has been eliminated. All No. 1 seeds remain, but several No. 2 seeds have exited.

Girls 12s (Boca Raton)
1. Brooklyn Olson
2. Elisabeth Dunac (out rd of 64)
3. Natalia Perez
4. Alexia Harmon
5. Emily Baek
6. Amber Yin
7. Emma Roeck (out rd of 32)
8. Thea Latak

Girls 14s (Plantation)
1. Vivian Ovrootsky
2. Lan Mi
3. Anushka Khune
4. Stephanie Yakoff
5. Alexis Blokhina
6. Gracie Epps
7. Natalie Block
8. Filippa Bruu-Syversen

Girls 16s (Memphis)
1. Valencia Xu
2. India Houghton (out rd of 128)
3. Nadejda Maslova (out rd of 64)
4. Madison Sieg
5. Leyden Games
6. Ava Catanzarite
7. Amber Marie Lee
8. Allura Zamarripa

Girls 18s (Charleston SC)
1. Abigail Forbes
2. Andrea Cerdan
3. Michelle Sorokko
4. Fiona Crawley
5. Emma Navarro
6. Chelsea Kung
7. Sonia Tartakovsky (out in rd of 64)
8. Anna Zhang

Boys 12s: (USTA National Campus)
1. Rudy Quan
2. Andrew Salu
3. Alexander Frusina
4. Alexander Razeghi
5. Adam Sun
6. Lucas Coriaty
7. Dylan Charlap
8. Piotr Andrzejewski

Boys 14: (Fort Lauderdale)
1. Noelle Andrey Ampong
2. John Kim
3. Nicholas Heng
4. Braden Shick
5. Evan Wen (out rd of 64)
6. Jackson Armistead
7. Lucas Brown
8. John-Tomas Bilski (out rd of 64)

Boys 16s: (Delray Beach)
1. Zachery Lim
2. Ryan Fishback
3. JJ Tracy
4. Logan Zapp
5. Spencer Brachman
6. Jack Anthrop
7. Jeremie Casabon
8. Jacob Bickersteth

Boys 18s: (Delray Beach)
1. Siem Woldeab
2. Christian Alshon (out rd of 64)
3. Leighton Allen
4. Bradley Frye
5. Marcus McDaniel
6. Andres Martin (out rd of 64)
7. Noah Schachter
8. Axel Nefve

The entry lists for the August USTA National Championships have been posted, and although the wild cards have not yet been announced, there are plenty of notables in the 18s fields, including Kayla Day, who won the 2016 US Open girls title, has been struggling recently and defending champion Patrick Kypson, who spent a semester playing No. 1 at Texas A&M.

Coco Gauff, Whitney Osuigwe, Alexa Noel, Caty McNally and Lea Ma have entered the girls 18s tournament in San Diego.

Other boys of note entered in the Kalamazoo 18s draw are Jenson Brooksby, Tristan Boyer, Brandon Nakashima (2017 16s champion), DJ Thomas, Alexandre Rotsaert and Brian Shi.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kodat, Vallabhaneni, Bicknell and Wiersholm Win ITF Junior Circuit Titles; Gauff Moves to Top Spot in ITF Junior Rankings; Altamirano, Pegula Take Early Lead in US Open Wild Card Race; Liu, Aragone Qualify for WTA and ATP Events

While the tennis world focused on Wimbledon, and I turned all my attention to the juniors there, Americans juniors continued to win ITF Junior Circuit titles in smaller tournaments around the world.

Fifteen-year-old Toby Kodat, who claimed a Grade 2 title in May, won his second ITF singles title at the Grade 3 in Ukraine last week. Seeded No. 3, Kodat defeated No. 2 seed Bora Sengul of Turkey 6-1, 7-5 in final and made his ITF Junior Top 100 debut today. Kodat is one of only two boys born in 2003 in the Top 100.

Sixteen-year-old Niroop Vallabhaneni also won a Grade 3 last week, in Vancouver Canada, his first ITF junior singles title. Vallabhaneni, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 2 seed Sebastian Gima of Romania in the semifinals and top seed Taha Baadi of Canada in the final, the latter by a score of 6-3, 6-2.  Vallabhaneni didn't lose more than three games in any set in his run to the title.

No. 4 seed Lauren Anzalotta of Puerto Rico won the girls singles title, beating No. 3 seed Savannah Broadus 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  Broadus and Elaine Chervinsky won the girls doubles title, beating Isaella Barrera Aguirre and Sofia Rojas 7-5, 6-1 in the all-US final.

Another Grade 3 tournament, in Romania, produced another girls doubles championship for the US, with top seeds Kacie Harvey and Vanessa Ong claiming the title with a 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 win over No. 2 seeds Jade Bornay and Mylene Halemai of France. Harvey also reached the semifinals in singles as the No. 4 seed.

Americans won three of the four titles at the Grade 4 in Jamaica, with 16-year-old Blaise Bicknell taking the boys singles, his second ITF singles title of the year and fourth overall.  Unseeded Roger Chou and Joshua Miller won the boys doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Russell Berdusco and Quinn McLeod 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Top seeds Hina Inoue and Japan's Remika Ohashi won the girls doubles title, beating unseeded Najah Dawson and Maya Pitts 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

And at the Grade 5 in Iceland, 14-year-old Katja Wiersholm won her first ITF title, with the No. 5 seed defeating top seed Dakota Fordham 6-2, 6-3 in the all-US girls final.

The ITF junior rankings usually change, often dramatically, in the week following a junior slam and that was true today, when Wimbledon girls champion Iga Swiatek of Poland moved into the Top 10 from her previous ranking in the 70s and French Open champion Coco Gauff took over the No. 1 ranking from Whitney Osuigwe, who had held that position since last October.

Wimbledon boys champion Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan padded his lead, and is now more than 1000 points ahead of No. 2 Sebastian Baez of Argentina.

Collin Altamirano and Jessica Pegula have taken the early lead in the USTA US Open Wild Card Challenge, with Pegula making the final of the first women's tournament in the Challenge, the $60,000 event in Honolulu.  Altamirano took the men's lead with a semifinal showing at the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Winnetka.

For the complete list of tournaments included in the Wild Card Challenge, and the current standing, see this usta.com article.

2017 Wimbledon girls champion Claire Liu has advanced to the main draw of the WTA International in Bucharest with three qualifying wins. The 18-year-old Californian, who is up to a career-high WTA ranking of 170 after qualifying and winning a round at Wimbledon, defeated No. 4 seed Paul Badosa Gibert of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final round of qualifying today. She will face wild card Andreea Rosca of Romania in the first round of the main draw Tuesday.

The last tournament of the grass season is this week in Newport Rhode Island, with former Virginia standout JC Aragone getting through qualifying to reach the main draw of the ATP's Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. Aragone defeated No. 2 seed and ATP No. 163 Matthias Bachinger of Germany 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-0 in the final round of qualifying and will play ATP veteran Marcel Granollers of Spain in the opening round Tuesday.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Top Seed Tseng Adds Wimbledon Boys Championship to French Title; Wangs Take Girls Doubles Title; Virtanen and Erel Claim Boys Doubles Championship

©Colette Lewis 2018--

Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan now has two junior slam titles, adding the Wimbledon boys championship to his French Open title by holding off local favorite Jack Draper 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4 in front of a boisterous home crowd on Court One Sunday.

Top seed Tseng, who also reached the Australian Open junior final back in January, was the more experienced player and the 26-minute first set provided few occasions for the near-capacity crowd to applaud the 16-year-old from Sutton, who was coming off a four-hour-plus, 19-17 third set in Friday's semifinal with Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.

Draper managed to get hold of his game and ignite the crowd in the the second game of the second set however, saving two break points to stay on serve, then breaking Tseng in the next game.

"That sort of got me back into the match, I felt, because I felt then I settled down and got used to everything," said Draper, who admitted his performance in the first set wasn't just fatigue.  "It was a bit of everything, also the occasion, getting used to having that many people watching you is a tiny bit of pressure on me. I'm a Brit as well. I learned to embrace that the second set, went from there."

Tseng, for his part, knew that he had missed an opportunity in that second set.

"I think first as I was playing, I was enjoying the tennis and playing relax," said the 16-year-old, who learned his tennis from his father, Yu Te, and has been mentored recently by Patrick Mouratoglou, who was in Tseng's player box. "Second set I have some chance to break his serve, but I didn't make it. I have to hold my serve, so I think I have more pressure on it, yes."

Tseng did get the break back in the second set, but buoyed by the crowd support, Draper dominated the tiebreaker, with his forehand heating up at just the right time to hand Tseng his first loss of a set in the tournament.

The third set began with three long games, with Tseng saving two break points at 0-1, then breaking for a 2-1 lead. That didn't last however, with Draper getting his backhand return going, a door that Tseng left open, with his first serve percentage under 50 throughout the match.  Tseng took a 3-2 lead with a break and then held, while Draper saved a break point in the next game to stay within range at 4-3.

Draper really got the crowd going in Tseng's service game, winning the first three points before getting the break at 30-40, and the left-hander was not shy about asking for their support.  The whistling, clapping and shouts of support could have intimidated Tseng, but they did not.

"I was just trying to get more focus on myself, just keep doing what I can do my best in the tennis, just focus on the court," Tseng said. "Actually at one point, I just can only hear myself breathe."

Draper played a tired-looking game at 4-all, and at 15-40, Tseng won a challenge on a first serve, which was called in but was shown on Hawkeye to be out. Draper then missed his second serve, deflating the crowd and Tseng had a changeover to think about serving for the Wimbledon title.

Tseng started poorly, going down 0-30, but he struck some confident ground strokes in the next three points, getting to match point when Draper netted a makeable backhand.  Tseng missed his first serve, but came up with a second serve ace down the T to become the first player since Gael Monfils in 2004 to win both the French and Wimbledon boys singles titles back-to-back.

Tseng, the first boy from Taiwan to win the Wimbledon title, said he models his game after that of Japan's Kei Nishikori.

"I think he's the best, one of the best Asian players," said Tseng, who is 5'9" and slightly built. "I think I play similar like him, so I want to be the same like him."

Tseng, who has already won two Futures titles in the past three months, is planning to play the US Open Junior Championships and the ITF Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October, while Draper, who has yet to earn his first ATP point, is looking to make his mark on the next level after his result this week.

"I'm going to go more into the senior game, for sure," said Draper. "I'm not really sure looking ahead at how many juniors I'm going to play. I'm definitely going to try and transition into the men's game."

Another player put a second slam title on their junior resume, with Xinyu Wang of China, who won the doubles title in Australia with Taiwan's En Shuo Liang, partnering with friend Xiyu Wang to beat 2017 Wimbledon doubles finalists and No. 2 seeds Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe 6-2, 6-1.

Wang and Wang, the top seeds, had played together at both Roehampton and Wimbledon last year, but not since.

"It’s great, I have won the Australian Open doubles title this year, this is my second time, but it’s exciting to win the doubles and especially with her," said Xinyu, whose superior English makes her the spokesperson for the team. "Because we both have good serving games, it makes it a lot easier. We’re not scared or we don’t have pressure when we’re returning, we just go for the lines."

Wang and Wang missed very few lines throughout the match, which lasted just 44 minutes.  At 1-1 in the first set, Osuigwe and McNally had Xinyu down 0-40 on her serve, but Wang and Wang won the next five points to take a lead they never relinquished.

"That was definitely an opportunity, it could have changed the whole match around," said McNally, who also lost in the girls doubles final in 2016. "The whole match could have been different because of that game. She served pretty well and hit some good shots, I thought, when they needed to in that game."

Xinyu Wang said they did not take anything for granted after that hold.

"We didn’t think too much," Xinyu said. "When it’s 0-40, we didn’t think about the game or if we lost this serving game or what would happen next. We kept focusing on the next point and the next point."

McNally and Osuigwe will again be attending the Wimbledon Champions Dinner tonight, but were hoping this year to go as champions, not finalists.

"We’ll go, I guess and it’s still nice when they dress up and everything, but it kind of sucks because we didn’t win," said McNally, the French Open girls doubles champion this year with Wimbledon girls champion Iga Swiatek.

McNally may play Citi Open qualifying late this month, but if not, then she will play the $60,000 tournament in Lexington Kentucky.  Osuigwe, who said she is done with juniors, will play USTA Pro Circuit events in the USTA Wild Card Challenge series beginning with Ashland Kentucky July 23.

Otto Virtanen of Finland and Yanki Erel of Turkey had never played doubles together before last week at Roehampton, but they are now Wimbledon champions after a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in Sunday's final  over No. 6 seeds Nicolas Mejia of Colombia and Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic.

Virtanen and Erel lost in the first round at the Roehampton Grade 1, so they had no expectations for this week.

"We just went on the court and felt really good here," said Virtanen, 17.  "From the beginning, we played absolutely amazing. It was totally different than last week, [we] both [were] in the game from the start of matches."

The final featured only one break of serve, with Virtanen hitting a winner up the middle on the second break point with Styler serving at 4-4. Erel served out the championship at love, which did not surprise Virtanen.

"We served really good during the whole week, and we did not have the stress on our service games because 99% we win our service games," Virtanen said. "We always start game, like 0-15 but never 0-30 or 0-40 so it’s pretty easy to play, you feel really good on court."

Erel, who is the first boy from Turkey to win a junior slam title, was still trying to process the fact that he's a Wimbledon champion.

"It’s good, but I am still like, how is that possible that we win the doubles?," said the 17-year-old, who plans to partner with Virtanen at the US Open Junior Championships in seven weeks. "I don’t know, but we deserve it and we did it. I’m so happy I don’t know what to say."

Complete draws can be found at the Wimbledon website.

Sunday's Mixed Doubles Final:

Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya(AUT)[11] def. Victoria Azarenka(BLR) and Jamie Murray(GBR) 7-6(1), 6-3