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Monday, July 26, 2010

Other Clay Champions; Strode Wins US Open Qualifying Playoff; USC's Johnson, McHale Qualify For Pro Tour Events

I've just returned to Kalamazoo, where the 80 degree temperatures are a pleasant change from the long string of hot and humid days last week in Memphis. I'll have a recap of the girls 18s Clays for the Tennis Recruiting Network and a slide show here later this week, and then it will be just a matter of days before the focus turns to the National Hard Courts.

Here's a brief rundown of the finals of all four age divisions of the Clay Court Championships:

Girls 12s: Cristina Rovira (6) def. Sofia Kenin (1) 6-2, 7-5
Boys 12s: Anudeep Kodali (3) def. Nathan Ponwith (7) 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
Girls 14s: Tornado Ali Black def. Maria Shishkina (14) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4)
Boys 14s: Daniel Kerznerman (1) def. Benjamin Tso (9) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Girls 16s: Hayley Carter def. Jamie Loeb (3) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Boys 16s: Michael Redlicki (8) def. Gordon Watson (5) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Girls 18s: Caroline Price (13) def. Whitney Kay (1) 6-3, 6-3
Boys 18s: Bjorn Fratangelo (1) def. Alexios Halebian 6-4, 7-5

For complete results, including the doubles finals, see the release at usta.com.

Also over the weekend Blake Strode, the former Arkansas all-American and 2009 NCAA semifinalist, won the Men's US Open National Qualifying Playoff, defeating Cecil Mamiit, the 1996 NCAA champion from USC 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1) in Atlanta. For more on that match, see this article from usta.com. The women's tournament will be played in conjunction with the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford beginning on Wednesday. For the biographies of the 16 participants, click here.

In the Futures event in Joplin, Mo., former Ole Miss star Robbye Poole won the singles title over qualifier Joel Kielbowicz, who played at UNLV. For an article about Poole's win, click here. The University of Texas team of Jean Andersen and Joshua Zavala took the doubles title. In the women's 10K in Evansville, No. 4 seed Gabriela Paz beat unseeded Chichi Scholl 6-4, 6-0 to take that title. Juniors Brynn Boren and Sabrina Santamaria won the doubles championship.

In the Lexington Challenger, top seed Carsten Ball defeated No. 5 seed Jessie Levine 6-4, 7-6(2) to win the men's singles, and top seed Karumi Nara beat No. 2 seed Stephanie Dubois 6-4, 6-4 to win the women's singles. Raven Klaasen and Izak Van Der Merwe won the men's doubles, with former Cal-Berkeley Bears Christina Fusano and Bojana Bobusic, the No. 4 seeds, taking the women's doubles.

For complete results, and the draws for this week's two $10,000 events, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.

Today in Los Angeles, Steve Johnson of USC won his final qualifying match and is into the 28-player field at the ATP Farmers Classic. A wild card into qualifying, Johnson defeated Chris Guccione of Australia 6-3, 6-3 for one of the four qualifying berths. Somedev Devvarman and Tim Smyczek also qualified.

At the Bank of the West Classic, the WTA event at Stanford, Christina McHale defeated Jamie Hampton 7-6(2), 6-0 to qualify for the main draw.