©Colette Lewis 2007--
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The bug infestation at the Orange Bowl showed no sign of abating on Tuesday, but several seeds felt the sting of defeat as well as the itch of the no-see-ums.
In the girls 18s, qualifier Kerry Wong, who will be attending Clemson next fall, used her stylish game to bounce No. 10 seed Elena Chernyakova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Coco Vandeweghe steamrolled No. 13 seed Tammy Hendler 6-3, 6-4. Julia Cohen, the No. 5 seed, will end her junior career with a loss, as she went out to Aranxta Rus of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2. Fifteen-year-old qualifier Santa Shumilina of Russia overcame No. 7 seed Julia Glushko of Israel 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to round out the 18s first round upsets.
The girls 16s second round also saw the exit of several seeds. After a shaky start, Ester Goldfeld, 14, took out No. 3 seed Aleksandrina Naydenova of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-2, Lily Kimbell eliminated No. 6 seed Petra Jurova of Slovakia 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 and 13-year-old Grace Min defeated No. 14 seed Monica Yajima 6-3, 7-5.
The boys 18s finished their first round Tuesday and no surprises surfaced on a cooler and less humid day at Crandon Park. New Yorker Adam El Mihdawy, fresh off a semifinal showing at an ITF Men's Futures event in Israel, took Eddie Herr champion Gastao Elias of Portugal to three sets before falling 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, but the other contests were straightforward affairs, quite a contrast to Monday, when four boys 18s matches went to third set tiebreakers.
For novelty alone, the match of the day in boys 16s was 6-foot-6 Alex Domijan versus five-foot Christian Harrison. Harrison had scored an upset in the first round over No. 5 seed Adrian Puget of France, and the 13-year-old did everything he could to fight the size disparity, but Domijan was too much for him, taking the match 6-1, 6-2.
Only three seeds made it through to the round of 16 in the boys 16s, but they are No. 1 Bernard Tomic of Australia, No. 3 Denis Kudla of the U.S. and No. 4 Julien Uriguen of Guatamala. Uriguen had to stave off a match point in the second set tiebreaker after leading it 5-0 in his match against Eddie Herr 16s finalist Sekou Bangoura Jr., but he used that momentum change for a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0 victory.
Doubles matches, especially of boys 18s, were conducted under the lights Tuesday evening. For complete results, see usta.com.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007