USTA Spring Nationals Start Sunday; Capra in Banana Bowl Final; Stephens, Harrison Lose in Indian Wells
©Colette Lewis 2010--
It was a blustery day in Mobile, but practice courts were full most of the day, and player registration and photos, as well as the player meeting, kept players, coaches and volunteers busy.
Alexandra Anghelescu, the 8th seed, and Ellen Tsay, the top seed, withdrew prior to the start of play. Tsay, who did make the trip to Mobile, was suffering from a muscle pull in her side that affected her serving motion.
The draws, which can be found at the TennisLink site, were distributed Saturday evening. I'll be keeping my eye on the Boris Bogomolov--Andrew Adams match at 10:30 am and the Spencer Newman-Daniil Mamalat contest scheduled for 12:30 pm. On the girls side, an intriguing match is No. 2 seed Lilly Kimbell versus Kaitlin Ray, who reached the quarterfinals of the Tulsa ITF last fall. There are 40 courts in action at once on the first day, so I'll be fortunate if I get to see more than a few games of any one of them. The first round of doubles will also be played on Sunday.
At the Banana Bowl in Brazil, the 2009 Mobile champion Beatrice Capra defeated Monica Puig 6-1, 6-4 to reach the final. Capra, the No. 8 seed, will play No. 16 seed Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway.
The boys final features Asuncion Bowl winner and No. 7 seed Renzo Olivo of Argentina against ninth seed Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia.
See the ITF junior site for complete draws.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, both Ryan Harrison and Sloane Stephens lost their second round matches. Harrison lost to No. 20 seed Ivan Ljubicic 6-2, 7-6(2), while Stephens dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to No. 12 seed and defending champion Vera Zvonareva. For more results from today, see the tournament website.