©Colette Lewis 2007--
I wish I could say that I watched most of the action today at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy, but in truth, I spent most of the warm and sunny Sunday at tournament headquarters (the indoor courts) answering questions and taking scores.
I caught a bit of Joe Di Giulio's second round win in the 12s, and a few games of Vicky Duval's loss. After not losing a game in her first round match, Duval, one of four No. 1 seeds from the U.S., fell to Olga Ianchuk of the Ukraine 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Unlike Duval, the other three U.S. girls' No. 1s cruised into the third round--Sachia Vickery and Tina Jiang didn't lose a game in the process, while Madison Keys lost only two. In addition to Di Giulio, other American No. 1s, Roy Lederman and Luca Corinteli advanced. Grayson Goldin also got through to the third round, with a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow Floridian Daniel Pivonka.
I was determined to see the girls' 18 qualifying, but the matches were spread throughout the 31 courts and I saw only parts of five of them. Olivia Janowicz lost 6-4, 6-4 to Charlotte Rodier, but Danielle Mills had better luck in a tough two-setter against Naomi Broady of Great Britain, 7-5, 6-4. Kristy Frilling advanced fairly quickly in straight sets, but Jessica Alexander showed a lot of grit in her 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win. Kristie Ahn had great crowd support and rode it to a first set tiebreaker victory, but her opponent, Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, came back to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.
The boys' 18s qualifiers from the U.S. are Brennan Boyajian, Alex Domijan and Denis Kudla. Unseeded Floridians Boyajian and Domijan had straight set wins, but Kudla, a No. 1 seed in qualifying needed three sets to take out a No. 2 seed, Adrien Puget of France. Bob Van Overbeek, a No. 1 seed, lost to unseeded Juan-Carlos Spir of Columbia, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Qualifying was completed in the other age divisions and all draws are available now by clicking here.
Sunday, November 25, 2007