Bolender Saves Match Points to Reach Grass Court Quarterfinals; Egger Tops No. 2 White in Boys Action Tuesday
©Colette Lewis 2009--
Girls top seed Brooke Bolender saved two match points Tuesday afternoon against Nicole Melichar, and by posting that 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5 victory, became one of only two seeded girls to advance to the International Grass Court quarterfinals.
Grass court tennis is not known for producing long matches, but Bolender and Melichar played two-and-a-half hours before they began the third set, which lasted another hour. Due to heavy thunderstorms in the morning, the matches were set back more than two hours, so it was 4 p.m. before their contest finally produced a winner.
Bolender, serving the always nerve-jangling 4-5 game in the third set, saved two match points before finally holding. She broke the 15-year-old Floridian in the next game, and played a very solid final game to pull through. The points in the match weren't lengthy, but the games were, with nearly all of them going to deuce multiple times. After winning a long three-setter in the first round on Monday, Bolender was probably grateful to have received a walkover win in her first round doubles match.
In Wednesday's quarterfinals, Bolender will play the only other seed remaining, No. 6 Annie Mulholland who had a long two-set battle with local wild card Anna Mamalat before emerging with a 7-6(1), 7-5 win. The other top half quarterfinal will feature USTA Boca Raton training partners Chanelle Van Nguyen and Lauren Herring, both of whom disposed of seeds in Tuesday's second round. Van Nguyen came back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Rachel Kahan, and Herring sliced and volleyed her way to a 7-6(0), 6-3 win over No. 8 Monica Turewicz.
The bottom half of the draw has Rio Kitagawa of Japan facing Fausthyara Peitersz of the Netherland Antilles. Kitagawa defeated unseeded Tristen Dewar 7-5, 6-4, and Peitersz overtook No. 3 seed Kate Fuller 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Breaunna Addison also recovered from the loss of the first set to beat 13-year-old Brooke Austin 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, and will play qualifier Lauren Davis, who defeated Kyle McPhillips 6-4, 6-3.
The boys have three seeds remaining, but No. 2 seed Zachary White of Canada is not one of them, as he fell to Emmett Egger 6-3, 6-3. White had barely escaped against Campbell Johnson in the first round, but Egger kept the pressure on throughout the match, approaching the net at every opportunity and rarely missing a first volley.
Egger's opponent in Wednesday's quarterfinal will be No. 8 Alex Golding of Great Britain, who dismissed wild card Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-1. No. 4 seed Raymond Sarmiento fell behind Ryan Cheung 4-1 in the second set, but managed to wriggle out of that dilemma and take a 6-3, 7-5 victory. Cheung served for the second set at 5-3, was broken, and then was broken again at 5-5, after a game that must have lasted at least 20 minutes. Sarmiento had no such difficulty in his service game, advancing to a meeting with wild card Hunter Harrington, who beat Alexander Petrone 6-1, 1-6, 6-0.
In the top half of the boys draw, JT Sundling continued to dominate, taking a 6-4, 6-2 decision from qualifier Harrison Abrams, and will meet Dan McCall, who defeated Shaun Bernstein 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The fourth quarterfinal will feature qualifier Micahel Zhu, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Andrew Korinek, and Dane Webb, who downed No. 7 seed Nathan Pasha 7-6(5), 6-4.
The first round of doubles was completed Tuesday afternoon, and in the boys draw, only one seeded team remains, the top seeds Pasha and Sarmiento. The No. 2 team of Brandon Burke and Rodney Carey lost to Cheung and Sundling 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-8.
In the girls draw, the top seeds of Fuller and Monica Yajima had a bye, and the only seeded team to fall was No. 3 Paola Cos and Jessica Wacnik, who lost to Kerrie Cartwright of the Bahamas and Karen Hernandez of Mexico 6-1, 6-3.
For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.
Lloyd Clayton of yourgameface.com has been shooting the Grass Courts the past two days, and anyone interested in photos from the tournament should contact him through the website. Photos taken should be available for viewing there within two weeks.