Wimbledon Junior Finals Set; College Coaches USTA Workshop; Kudla Receives Campbell's Hall of Fame Wild Card
Andy Murray lost in straight sets in the men's semifinals today at Wimbledon, and the last two British hopes for a junior singles title were also eliminated today, with both Laura Robson and Oliver Golding crashing out (a favorite British expression for losing).
No. 10 seed Sachie Ishizu of Japan beat Robson 7-5, 7-6(5), and by all accounts, Robson failed to seize any of the chances she had to take control of the match. Roehampton champion Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, seeded No. 9, beat No. 15 seed Yulia Putintseva of Russia 6-1, 6-4, and on Saturday will attempt to match her sister Karolina's accomplishment in Australia, where she won the girls singles championship.
Qualifier Ben Mitchell handed Oliver Golding of Great Britain a 6-2, 6-2 loss in today's semifinal, and Mitchell becomes the second consecutive qualifier to reach the boy's final, repeating Jordan Cox's feat from last year. Mitchell will play No. 13 seed Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the final. Fucsovics beat unseeded Facundo Arguello of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 to reach his first Grade A final. The boys final will be played on Sunday.
My finals preview for the New York Times Straight Sets blog can be viewed here.
For more from Mitchell and Fucsovics see the ITF junior website's article.
For more on the losses by the British players, including information on Robson's plans for the rest of the year, see this BBC article.
Monica Puig, with partner Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Sloane Stephens, with partner Timea Babos of Hungary, have advanced to the girls doubles semifinals. Great Britain still has a chance for a Wimbledon championship in the boys doubles, with two teams advancing to Saturday's semifinals.
For complete draws, see wimbledon.org.
The USTA recently hosted a College Coaches Workshop in Boca Raton led by Jose Higueras and Jay Berger. Seventeen coaches participated and from this article, it sounds as if the USTA is doing all it can to promote college tennis as a development path. I hope this becomes a regular part of the USTA's schedule and that many more coaches can attend.
It was announced today by the ATP Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI, that Denis Kudla has received a main draw wild card into the event, which begins on Monday. Ryan Harrison had previously been awarded a main draw wild card. For more, see the tournament's website.