©Colette Lewis 2010--
There are only two seeds left in the girls draw after Tuesday's second round at the ITF International Grass Courts, No. 1 Lauren Herring and No. 8 Kyle McPhillips.
On an unseasonably cool and breezy day at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the No. 2, 3, 6 and 7 seeds joined Nos. 4 & 5, who lost Monday, on the sidelines.
Unseeded Spencer Liang downed No. 2 seed Kelsey Laurente 7-5, 7-6(1) in one of the day's closest matches that featured many long points and deuce games. Skylar Morton took out No. 3 seed Juliana Gajic of Canada 6-3, 6-3, local player Anna Mamalat breezed past No. 6 seed Skylar Kuykendall 6-2, 6-0 and Jennifer Kellner took out No. 7 seed Laura Deigman of Great Britain 6-4, 6-1.
The two players that beat seeds in the opening round--Brooke Austin and Zoe Scandalis--also continued their runs, with Austin downing lucky loser Madison Cohen 6-1, 7-5 and Scandalis again coming back from a set down, this time beating qualifier Leighann Sahagun 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
McPhillips stuggled a bit with her serve early in the match against the big-hitting qualifier Maci Epstein, but McPhillips took control late in the second set to post a 6-4, 6-1 win. Herring also needed some time to figure out the game style of Thailand's Peeraya Charoensirisutthikul before coming away with a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
Boys top seed Bjorn Fratangelo had his difficulties against wild card Jordan Daigle, but recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win. In the first set, there were four consecutive breaks of serve from the third game on, and Fratangelo never looked comfortable on the grass, but he got another break in the ninth game. Serving for the first set, Fratangelo managed to get his first serve in on three key points, going from 30-40 to game, when Daigle couldn't get any of the three returns in play.
In the second set, there was only one break of serve, with Daigle serving at 3-3, and Fratangelo made it hold up, although Daigle had two game points with Fratangelo serving at 5-4. Daigle couldn't convert either, and Fratangelo advanced to the quarterfinals, where he'll meet wild card Maxx Lipman.
Lipman, the younger brother of two-time Grass Court finalist Ryan, proved too much for No. 8 seed Shaun Bernstein. Down 4-1 in the opening set, Lipman won the final five games of the first set and went on to a 6-4, 7-5 victory. The other quarterfinal match in the top half will feature qualifier Richard Del Nunzio against No. 6 seed Brandon Burke of Jamaica. Del Nunzio beat lucky loser Tyler Gardiner 6-2, 6-2, while Burke defeated Mac Styslinger 6-2, 6-1.
The day's only three-set match in the boys draw saw Evan Song fight back to post a 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Harrison Richmond. Song will play Shane Vinsant, seeded No. 3, who beat qualifier Thai Kwiatkowski 7-6(4), 6-3. Mitchell Polnet, who had bounced No. 2 seed Alix Carlos of Mexico in the first round, kept rolling with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Christian Lee of Malaysia. He will play No. 5 seed Emmett Egger next, after Egger's 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Anthony Delcore.
Because there is a likelihood of rain on Wednesday, there were two rounds of doubles played on Tuesday, meaning that Thursday's doubles semifinals are set.
Top seeds Carlos and Michael Zhu withdrew before the first match, and two other seeds were defeated in the first round, leaving only Egger and Vinsant, the No. 2 team, as seeds in the semifinals. Egger and Vinsant will meet Daniel Khanin and Richmond, who saved three match points in the match tiebreaker against No. 4 seeds Andrew Ochotta and Styslinger to earn a 1-6, 7-6(4), 14-12 decision in the first round. Khanin and Richmond then went on to beat Gardiner and Kwiatkowski, who had had a walkover in their first round, 6-0, 6-3. Egger and Vinsant were not extended past two sets in wins over Berstein and Spencer Simon in the first round and Daigle and Lipman in the second.
In the top half, Lee and Gino Meeuwsen of the Netherland Antilles prevailed over Fratangelo and Polnet 6-4, 3-6, 11-9. They will play Delcore and Vikram Hundal, who beat No. 3 seeds Burke and Alexander Petrone 6-3, 6-0 in the first round and Hunter Callahan and Song 6-3, 6-4 in the second.
In the girls doubles, the top two seeded teams advanced to the semifinals. Hai-Li Kong and Laurente, the No. 1 seeds, had a bye in the first round and beat Hanah Camhi and Charoensirisutthikul 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. Kong and Laurente will play unseeded Kellner and Mamalat, who took out No. 4 seeds Morton and Fausthyara Pietersz 6-3, 6-1 in the first round and Rima Asatrian and Ariana Rodriguez 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.
Liang not only had a big win in singles, but took two doubles wins as well. She and Sahagun beat No. 3 seeds Gajic and Kuykendall in the first round 6-4, 6-0 and edged past Johnnise Renaud and Scandalis 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8 in the quarterfinals. Liang and Sahagun will play No. 2 seeds Herring and McPhillips, who downed Austin and Mia King 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round and Nelo Phiri and Nicolle Stracar 6-4, 6-0 in the day's second match.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010