©Colette Lewis 2008--
With the last two semifinalists in singles in each division decided on Friday, the focus turned to doubles, and competitive matches were the watchword in both 16s and 18s.
Bradley Klahn and Steve Johnson, the No. 2 seeds in the 18s, took the only straight-set match, downing 2007 Kalamazoo 16s doubles champions Daniel Nguyen and JT Sundling 7-5, 6-1, to set up a meeting with No. 8 seeds Ryan Harrison and Chase Buchanan for not only the Kalamazoo title, but a main draw wild card into the U.S. Open.
Buchanan and Harrison were down a break in the third set to No. 5 seeds Ryan Thacher and Rhyne Williams when Buchanan was broken serving at 3-3, but immediately got it back by breaking Thacher in the next game and again at 5-6 to seal the victory. Buchanan looked especially sharp during the final five games, returning well and putting the pressure on Thacher and Williams on nearly every point, and earning some measure of revenge against Thacher, who had defeated him in singles earlier in the day.
Jack Sock was not so fortunate, as he lost twice to Denis Kudla Saturday, first in singles and later with partner Spencer Simon, when, as the No. 9 seeds, they fell to Kudla and partner Junior Ore, the No. 6 seeds, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
The top seeded team of Evan King and Raymond Sarmiento, who are likely to represent the U.S. next month in the ITF Junior Davis Cup competition in Mexico, had a scare against No. 4 seeds Sekou Bangoura Jr. and Nathan Pasha, before pulling out a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 win.
The turning point of the match came with Sarmiento serving at 3-4, 30-40 in the second set. Had Pasha and Bangoura won that point, they would be serving for the match, but Pasha missed a return wide. King and Sarmiento went on to win that game, as well as the next two, and were able to squeeze out a break in the third to earn a berth in Saturday afternoon's final.
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Friday, August 8, 2008