Madison Brengle didn't have much luck in the main draw of the Australian Open when she drew No. 8 seed Patty Schnyder in the first round and lost 6-3, 6-4. But the 16-year-old from Delaware hasn't lost a set in her four junior matches, and the 16th seed reached the semifinals on Thursday with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over 8th seed Evgeniya Rodina of Russia. Brengle faces No. 3 seed Ksenia Milevskaya of Belarus in Friday's semifinal match. Milevskaya, also 16, had a surprisingly easy time with Urszula Radwanska of Poland, winning 6-3, 6-3. Defending champion and top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeated Orange Bowl winner Nikola Hofmanova in straight sets and meets No. 6 seed Alize Cornet of France, who eliminated unseeded Chelsey Gullickson.
The home country was assured a semifinalist in the boys' division when unseeded Brydan Klein met No. 5 seed Greg Jones. Klein ended up winning a tight match on Thursday and with his upset of No. 1 seed Martin Klizan on Wednesday, he got the attention of the Australian press. Here's one of the milder accounts of his victory over Klizan. Klein will meet 16-year-old Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, the tenth seed, who upset No. 3 seed Roman Jebavy of the Czech Republic Thursday 6-3, 6-1. The other two boys quarterfinals were still in progress.
In Great Britain, the U.S. has two players in the boys' Teen Tennis semifinals-- Sean Berman and Christian Harrison-- and one girl, Nicole Gibbs. Harrison and Emmett Egger are also in the doubles semifinals.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007