Notes from Tarbes, Plantation, Carson, Laguna Niguel and Melbourne; Sundling Has Surgery, Wins Award
The last round of Les Petits As qualifying saw three of the four U.S. players advance to the main draw, with only Nadia Echeverria Alam losing, by the score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to Solene Guyomard of France. Brooke Austin, Luca Corenteli and Roy Lederman will play their first round matches on Tuesday, as will Vicky Duval, who is seeded fifth. Teen Tennis champion Sachia Vickery, who is seeded second behind Slovakia's Petra Uberalova at Les Petits As, won her first round match easily, as did Joe DiGiulio, the No. 5 seed, and unseeded Nikko Madregallejo. To follow the action via the tournament's excellent website, click here.
The last round of qualifying in the 128-draw of the Men's $10K Futures in Plantation, Florida, saw U.S. juniors Chase Buchanan, Tennys Sandgren and Bob van Overbeek earn spots in the main draw, with Sandgren and van Overbeek winning third set tiebreakers to do so. Raymond Sarmiento, Rhyne Williams and Evan King received main draw wild cards. At the $50,000 Challenger at the Home Depot Center in Carson, 2008 NCAA doubles champion Kaes Van't Hof of USC has earned one of four qualifying spots in that event. At the $25,000 women's tournament in Laguna Niguel, US Open Junior champion CoCo Vandeweghe and Stanford recruit Stacey Tan are among the eight qualifiers for the main draw. For draws and results of this week's Pro Circuit events, see usta.com.
In early second round action at the Australian Open Junior Championships, No. 5 seed Laura Robson, trailing 5-1 in the second set against Thailand's Kanyapat Narattana came all the way back to force a tiebreaker and cruised through that for a 6-3, 7-6(0) victory. Expect more stories like this one from the Guardian, given that Murray's defeat last night left a lot of British tennis writers in search of someone to cover.
Qualifier Alexandra Cercone of the U.S. couldn't hang on to her 3-0 lead in the third set against No. 14 seed Ksenia Kirillova of Russia, losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Lauren Embree, now the last U.S. player with a chance for the third round, plays later this evening. For live scores and draws, visit the Australian Open website.
And finally, I ran across this Los Angeles Daily News story about Winter National Champion and USC recruit JT Sundling, who was notified that he was named this year's winner of the Southern California Tennis Association's Evelyn Houseman Junior Sportsmanship Award on the same day he had surgery on the wrist he injured at the Orange Bowl.