US Girls Breeze to ITF World Jr. Tennis Semis, Boys Lose Tiebreaker to Great Britain, Don't Advance; Tso, Kodali Top Seeds at 14s, 12s Boys Nationals
The good news first. The USA's 14-and-under girls team competing in the Czech Republic this week has advanced to Thursday's semifinals without the loss of a set. Brooke Austin, Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend, the top seeds in the 16-team tournament, went 3-0 against Korea, Austria and South Africa to advance. They will play No. 3 seed China in the semifinals. The other semifinal pits unseeded Australia against No. 5 Ukraine. The US girls are going for their fourth straight World Junior Tennis Title.
After the boys shock loss to Korea on Monday, they looked to be out of contention, but Korea lost to Great Britain today, after the second-seeded US team had beaten Great Britain Tuesday, leaving all three teams with 2-1 records (all three had beaten Venzuela, the fourth team in the group). I believe the first tiebreaker is head-to-head, but with three teams involved, that doesn't resolve anything, so I guess they go first with sets won, then with percentage of sets won. Great Britain won that final calculation and the seventh seeds advanced to play No. 3 Italy, the highest seed remaining. Top seed France also failed to make the semifinals, losing to No. 8 Russia today. Russia will play No. 5 Chile for a spot in the finals.
For more, see the ITF junior website.
The seedings for the Boys 12s and Boys 14s have been posted. In the 14s, Clay Court finalist Benjamin Tso is the top seed at the 14s in San Antonio, with Clay Court 14s champion Daniel Kerznerman opting to play in Kalamazoo this year. In the 12s, it is Clay Court champion Anudeep Kodali with the top seeding in North Little Rock.
Today in Vancouver, qualifiers Gail Brodsky, Irina Falconi and Megan Falcon all advanced to the second round of the women's $75,000 Pro Circuit challenger. Orange Bowl champion Gabriela Dabrowski, who has struggled this year in junior competition, received a wild card into the main draw of the event and has just beaten former WTA Top 10 player Alicia Molik of Australia 6-3, 6-1. Beatrice Capra, another main draw wild card, lost to top seed Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan 6-3, 6-4.
There is much more action to be played yet today, so go to the website for the results and order of play.