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Monday, July 20, 2009

Few Surprises as Seeds Play First Matches at Clay Courts

After the long drive from Indianapolis, I didn't make it to the Racquet Club of Memphis this evening, but I am pleased to report that I'm finally far enough south to have found summer again. I'm sure that mid 80s is unseasonably cool here in mid-July, but it felt very pleasant to someone who has endured a Michigan July that has felt more like May.

First round matches were played yesterday, but it wasn't until today that the 32 seeds were in action. Five of them lost, four No. 17 seeds, and No. 7 seed Caryssa Peretz, who was defeated by Mia Lancaster 7-5, 6-0. Bianca Sanon defeated Brittany Sanders, Tiana Takenaga beat Julie Sabacinski, Arianna Colffer downed Marivick Mamiit and Hanna Yu eliminated Alexandra Leatu, all those losing were No. 17 seeds.

Top seed Lilly Kimbell needed three sets to get past fellow John Newcombe's Tennis Academy player Samantha Adams, while No. 2 seed Ellen Tsay posted a straight set victory over Caitlin McGraw.

For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.

There were even fewer surprises in Delray Beach, where the Boys 18s lost only one seed, No. 17 Wyatt McCoy, who was beaten in straight sets by Shane Vinsant. Apparently No. 6 seed John Collins was a late withdrawal, as his place in the draw was taken by an unseeded player.

In the boys 16s, No. 8 Jason Tahir was defeated by Nicholas Naumann 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, while the girls 16s in Virginia Beach lost their No. 4 seed Desirae Krawczyk, who was beat 6-2, 7-5 by Kendal Woodard. For the girls 16s results, click here.

For the boys 16 & 18s results, click here.