Kudla, Puig Make Casablanca Cup Finals; Domijan Still Undecided About College; Australian Junior Acceptances
Denis Kudla has advanced to the final of the Grade A Casablanca Cup in Mexico City with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over friend and fellow Junior Tennis Champions Center student Junior Ore, the No. 4 seed. Kudla, the No. 2 seed, has yet to lose a set this week, but he certainly won't be taking for granted his opponent in the final, the unseeded Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia. Gomez has beaten top seed Mitchell Frank (in the quarterfinals) and No. 3 seed Filip Horansky of the Slovak Republic (in today's semifinals)--both wins coming in straight sets.
Orange Bowl champion Gabriela Dabrowski, the No. 1 girls seed, was also beaten in the quarterfinals, losing to unseeded Doroteja Eric of Serbia. Eric was in turn defeated by Japan's Sachie Ishizu, the No. 3 seed in today's semifinals. Ishizu will face No. 7 seed Monica Puig, a Floridian who plays for Puerto Rico, in the final. Puig beat No. 6 seed Katarena Paliivets of Canada in today's semifinal 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Dabrowski and partner Marianne Jodoin, also of Canada, won the girls doubles title over the unseeded team of Eric and Anita Husaric of Bosnia 3-6, 6-1, 12-10.
The boys doubles title went to seventh seeds Xin Bao and Bowen Ouyang of China in a walkover. They were to play No. 5 seeds Diego Acosta and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador.
For complete draws, see the tournament website.
Alex Domijan hasn't played a junior match since losing in the US Open junior championship's second round to eventual winner Bernard Tomic, so I wasn't sure what his plans were regarding professional vs. college tennis. In this story from the St. Petersburg Times, Domijan is quoted as saying: "I don't know if I want to go to college or go pro, I still have to decide. We'll see how the next six months go."
Domijan, along with Jack Sock and Jordan, is currently listed in the 128-player qualifying draw of the first Pro Circuit tournament of the year, in Plantation, Fla. For the complete entry list for the men click here; for the women, click here. Many of the 64 players in the 64-spot women's qualifying draw are juniors and current and former college players.
I am not accustomed to finding the acceptances for Junior Slams on the ITF website, but that may be the result of some of the recent changes implemented by the ITF for 2010. The Australian Open acceptances have been up for some time, and it does seem that the lists are being updated regularly.
On the boys side, I'm surprised not to see the name of Orange Bowl champion Gianni Mina of France, who said in Key Biscayne that he was going to play in Melbourne. As usual, there are few Americans making the trip, with Mitchell Frank and Nick Chappell the only two boys from the U.S. currently in the main draw. Madison Keys, Christina McHale and Ester Goldfeld are the three U.S. girls in the main draw as of January 2nd.
For the complete lists, see the ITF junior website.