My Tennis Recruiting Network post today is a profile of Evan King, who was easily one of the most-watched players by college coaches during the Nationals. King has a very busy autumn coming up, with tournaments, the Junior Davis Cup and official recruiting visits all on tap.
In today's second round of qualifying for the U.S. Open, wild cards Kristie Ahn, Shenay Perry and Ricardas Berankis moved within one win of a main draw berth with victories over seeded players.
Ahn downed No. 31 seed and former NCAA finalist Jelena Pandzic of Croatia 6-1, 6-3, while Perry took out No. 12 seed Tzipora Obziler of Israel 6-4, 6-4. Berankis was steamrolled by No. 1 seed and 2004 US Open Junior finalist Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, but fought back for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory. In Friday's final round, Ahn will play No 4 seed Anna Lapushchenkova of Russia, Perry gets No. 17 seed Olga Savchuk of Ukraine and Berankis faces No. 19 seed Bjorn Phau of Germany.
Six other Americans advanced, and at least one is guaranteed a main draw spot, as unseeded Ryan Sweeting will meet No. 23 seed Kevin Kim Friday. No. 4 seed Robert Kendrick plays No. 24 Simon Stadler of Germany, Alex Kuznetsov takes on No. 17 seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Ryler De Heart faces unseeded Diego Hartfield of Argentina.
The only U.S. woman beside Perry and Ahn to have a chance to earn a spot in the main draw is Californian Alexa Glatch. Glatch's opponent on Friday will be unseeded Nina Bratchikova of Russia.
The draws were released today (use the US Open widget at the top for access to the website) with Austin Krajicek getting Agustin Calleri of Argentina and Gail Brodsky facing No. 13 seed Agnes Szavay of Hungary.
For coverage of the U.S. Open qualifying, see collegeandjuniortennis.com. And for a free internet broadcast of several of Friday's final round qualifying matches, go to radiotennis.com.
Thursday, August 21, 2008