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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stephens Beats Robson in Italy; UC-Santa Cruz and Williams are D-III Champions

Before matches start this morning in College Station, I wanted to note yesterday's results in the ITF Junior Grade A in Milan, where Sloane Stephens and Christina McHale will meet for a spot in the final. The unseeded Stephens cruised past No. 1 seed Laura Robson on Friday, defeating the 2008 Wimbledon Junior Champion 6-4, 6-0. McHale, seeded 15th, beat Camila Silva of Chile, the sixth seed 6-1 6-4 to set up a rematch of last year's Orange Bowl semifinal, which McHale won 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. McHale is actually the only seed remaining, with the other semifinal featuring Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia and Ksenia Kirillova of Russia. The ITF junior website's rather awkward (translated?) story can be found here.

Thursday's Division III Championships went to UC-Santa Cruz and Williams, two programs that are no strangers to national titles. Santa Cruz, the 2007 champions, did it again this year, blanking Amherst 5-0 in the final. The women's title went to Williams for the second straight year, and it was also at the expense of Amherst, who fell 5-2 in the championship match.