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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

U.S. Girls Take on France for Spot in Junior Fed Cup Semis; Juniors Rule at Amelia Island; Vandeweghe Reaches WTA Quarterfinal in Tokyo

In their second match of the Junior Fed Cup in San Luis Potosi Mexico Wednesday, the U.S. girls, seeded fourth, defeated fifth seed Japan, with Kyle McPhillips and Krista Hardebeck taking singles victories. The U.S. will meet unseeded France, also 2-0 after their win over the Czech Republic today, for the Group B top spot and a place in the semifinals. Top seed China will play unseeded Belarus for the top spot in Group A, and in Group D, No. 2 seed Russia and unseeded Australia will decide the top spot. Only Group C, with No. 3 Ukraine playing No. 6 seed Uzbekistan, is complicated, and only then if Ukraine, which is 2-0, should lose to 1-1 Uzbekistan.

In the Junior Davis Cup, Group B will be decided between No. 3 Japan and No. 6 Chile. In Group A, all teams are 1-1, including top seed France, so the number of matches and sets won may decide that group. In Group C, the winner between No. 4 seed Great Britain and unseeded India will decide that semifinalist, and in Group D, No. 2 seed Canada is in, if they beat No. 7 seed Australia. If Canada loses to Australia, and South Africa beats Russia, it will get interesting, as three teams would be 2-1. For more on today's action, see the ITF junior website.

On the Pro Circuit, the Amelia Island $10,000 event for women hasn't drawn the strongest field, as it going directly up against the $50,000 Lexus of Las Vegas event, but that said, there have been some impressive performances by young players. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Townsend of Jonesboro, Georgia, who was a member of the USA's ITF World 14-and-under Championship team this year, beat 2008 NCAA champion Amanda McDowell in the first round. Fifteen-year-old Jan Abaza of Deerfield Beach, Florida beat No. 2 seed Elizabeth Lumpkin in the first round, and Kate Vialle, Catherine Harrison and Lauren Herring also eliminated seeds in their opening matches.

At the $10,000 Futures in Irvine Calif., wild card Marcos Giron won his opening round match against Gilad Ben Zvi of Israel on Tuesday, and today UCLA freshman Dan Kosakowski defeated former Bruin Matt Brooklyn in three sets. Sekou Bangoura Jr., the Florida sophomore, beat USC junior Daniel Nguyen in a third set tiebreaker to advance to the second round.

For complete results for all this week's Pro Circuit events, see usta.com.

In Tokyo, CoCo Vandeweghe, who turns 19 in December, has advanced to a quarterfinal meeting with world No. 11 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. A qualifier, Vandeweghe has beaten five top 100 players to advance. For more, see usta.com.