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Friday, June 18, 2010

Gibbs vs. Davis in Pro Circuit Semis Saturday; Florida Closed, Texas Summer Slam Winners; US Trails Heading into Final Day of Connelly Trophy

Lauren Davis and Nicole Gibbs will meet in the semifinals of the $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Mt. Pleasant, SC on Saturday after quarterfinal victories today. Davis, a wild card, beat Tennessee's Caitlin Whoriskey 6-0, 6-2, while Gibbs, the fifth seed, had a much longer battle with Alexis King (formerly Alexis Gordon, who played for the Florida Gators) before prevailing 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. The winner of that match will meet the winner of the semifinal between Megan Falcon, the former LSU All-American, and No. 2 seed Petra Rampre of Slovenia. Whoriskey and partner Kaitlyn Christian will be play for the doubles title against Shelby Rogers and Rampre. For draws and results, see the ITF women's site (I am unable to access the results on usta.com).

Next week there is a $10,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Cleveland, with Ohioans Davis and Kyle McPhillips wild card entries into the main draw. The inaugural Cleveland tournament was held last October, but was moved to June this year, taking the calendar spot previously held by Wichita. The Cleveland Plain Dealer had this article on the tournament.

The two states that have their own sections, Texas and Florida, just completed big junior tournaments. The final results in the Florida Closed:

Boys' 18 Singles Final
Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth d. (5) Andrew Butz, Vero Beach 5-7; 6-4; 5-0 Ret. (injury)

Girls' 18 Singles Final
(3) Lindsay Graff, Ft. Lauderdale d. Kelsey Laurente, Miramar 4-6; 6-3; 7-5

Boys' 16 Singles Final
(1) Gordon Watson, Naples d. (7) Stephen Watson, Orlando 6-4; 6-2

Girls' 16 Singles Final
(1) Courtney Colton, Davie d. (7) Josie Kuhlman, Ponte Vedra Beach 6-3; 6-2

Boys' 14 Singles Final
(1) Javier Restrepo, Miami d. (14) David Crisovan, Hallandale Beach 6-2; 6-1

Girls' 14 Singles Final
(1) Maria Shishkina, Bradenton d. (2) Julia O'Loughlin, Boca Raton 6-4; 6-2

Boys' 12 Singles Final
(6) Ariel Hollender, Aventura d. (4) Noah Makarome, Wesley Chapel 6-1; 6-4

Girls' 12 Singles Final
(1) Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines d. (3) Maria Ross, Lakewood Ranch 6-1; 6-1

For complete results, click here.

Finals in the Texas Grand Slam:

Boys' 18 Singles Final
(5) Andrew Korinek d. (4) Jose Martinez 7-5; 3-6; 6-1

Girls' 18 Singles Final
(1) Lilly Kimbell d. (9) Blair Shankle 6-1; 7-5

Boys' 16 Singles Final
(5) Charles Boyce d. (17) Grant Solomon 6-3; 6-2

Girls' 16 Singles Final
(5) Rhiann Newborn d. (5) MacKenna Maddox 6-2; 6-0

Boys' 14 Singles Final
(9) Aron Pierce d. (1) Will Showers 6-4; 5-7 (sic)

Girls' 14 Singles Final
(2) Gabriella Umoquit d. (5) Cassandra Vazquez 6-2; 6-1

Boys' 12 Singles Final
(1) Jean Thirouin d. (2) Cole Lawson 6-3; 6-7(5); 6-0

Girls' 12 Singles Final
(1) Elizabeth Porter d. (2) Racquel Lyn 7-5; 7-5

For complete results, see the TennisLink site.

The United States and Great Britain split the four singles matches today at Eastbourne in the Maureen Connolly Trophy competition. The U.S. trails 6-4 and needs to win Saturday's two doubles matches to earn a draw. For the complete recap of today's matches, see the LTA website.

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