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Once the 12s had finished their main draw first round matches on Saturday, the three older age groups proceeded with their qualifying. The 14s boys and girls have 96 draws, so those without a bye in the first round need to win four matches just to reach the main draw; on Sunday, the boys' 14s will play two rounds fill the eight spaces for qualifiers; the other five divisions will play one match for a spot in the main. (The girls' 14s played two rounds yesterday). The weather was warm and dry, so the only complication was the limited hours of daylight, and with an additional eight lighted courts this year, the last of the qualifying matches was completed by 9:00 p.m. (Update--a few girls' 14s third round qualifying matches were postponed until Sunday.)
I watched parts of Brennan Boyajian's and Bob Van Overbeek's qualifying wins today in boys' 18s, and both were tough two-setters. I missed Alex Domijan's and Denis Kudla's wins; they join Sarasota's Taylor Albrecht as U.S. boys still alive for a main draw spot.
Six U.S. girls have advanced to the final round of 18s qualifying: Danielle Mills, Kristie Ahn, Kristy Frilling, Jessica Alexander, Olivia Janowicz and Alexandra Anghelescu.
The Eddie Herr website also has photos and updates available at eddieherr.com.
Saturday, November 24, 2007