Qualifier Rogers Reaches 50K Final; Novikov in ITF Junior Final; Querrey, Isner Meet for Serbia Title; McHale, McAdoo Features
Qualifier Shelby Rogers has reached the final of the $50,000 MIMA Foundation/USTA Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. The 18-year-old from Charleston, SC, did not have to complete either of her last two victories, with Alexandra Stevenson retiring in the quarterfinals after losing the first set to Rogers, and in today's semifinal, Julia Boserup retired trailing Rogers 7-5, 4-0. Boserup had won her quarterfinal match with last week's Charlottesville, Va. winner and No. 5 seed Michaela Krajicek, when Krajicek retired trailing 7-6(3), 3-0. In Sunday's final, Rogers will play No. 1 seed Edina Gallovits, a Romanian living in Atlanta, who has had a very good spring, winning a 25K in March and a 50K in April. Those titles have gotten Gallovits back near the Top 100, and she is familiar with those heights, having finished inside the Top 100 the past three years. Although I have not had an opportunity to try it, the tournament's website is advertising live streams of recent matches.
In the men's Savannah Challenger, Ryan Sweeting will play Kei Nishikori in the final, and in the Orange Park Futures, two Italians will square off, No. 1 seed Matteo Viola against No. 2 seed Stefano Ianni. Denis Kudla and Andrea Collarini won the doubles title in that event, beating Mitchell Frank and Junior Ore 7-6(6), 6-3.
For complete results and draws, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
Most U.S. juniors are playing in the Florida ITFs this month (I'll have more on the Plantation tournament tomorrow), but Dennis Novikov is preparing for the French Junior Championships on the red clay, not the Har-Tru. In the Grade 2 event in Prato, Italy, the 16-year-old Novikov, seeded third, has advanced to the final, where he'll meet No. 7 seed Mikhail Biryukov of Russia. Caitlyn Williams, the only other U.S. junior in the tournament, lost in the first round of singles, but reached the doubles final with partner Ilona Kremen of Belarus.
Speaking of the European red clay, two U.S. men are meeting in an ATP final on that surface for the first time since Agassi and Courier met in the 1991 French Open final. Sam Querrey breezed past wild card Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-2 and will meet doubles partner John Isner for the Serbia Open singles title. Isner beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals. For more on the matches, see the ATP website.
Michelle Kaufman recently wrote this Miami Herald article on French Open wild card tournament winner Christina McHale, which explains why you can often hear her talking to herself in Spanish on the court, although she doesn't use her Mandarin Chinese vocabulary very often.
And Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel spoke with NBA Hall-of-Famer Bob McAdoo, now a coach with the Miami Heat, about his love of tennis and his experience as a junior tennis parent to his nationally-ranked 14-year-old daughter Rasheeda, in this article.