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Saturday, October 2, 2010

U.S. Girls Fall to Top Seed China in Junior Fed Cup; Horter and Haworth Win Waco ITF; Kosakowski, Herring and Harrison in Futures Finals

The fourth-seeded U.S. girls fell 2-1 to No. 1 seed China today at the Junior Fed Cup in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. China took the early lead when Saisai Zheng defeated Grace Min 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Krista Hardebeck, who is undefeated this week, evened the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles over Haochen Tang, but China won the rubber when Min and Kyle McPhillips fell to Zheng and Ran Tian 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the deciding doubles. China will play defending champion and No. 2 seeds Russia for the championship on Sunday. Russia lost their opening match against Ukraine, the No. 3 seeds, but U.S. Open girls champion Daria Gavrilova beat French Open champion Elina Svitolina to make it 1-1. In the deciding doubles rubber, Gavrilova and Margarita Gasparyan defeated Kateryna Kozlova and Svitolina 7-5, 7-6(5). The U.S. and Ukraine will play for third place on Sunday.

There will be a first-time champion Sunday in Junior Davis Cup, with first-time finalists Canada and Japan meeting for the title. Canada, the No. 2 seeds, beat No. 4 Great Britain 2-1, with the match coming down to the doubles point, while No. 3 Japan defeated top seed France 2-1, with the outcome also decided by the doubles point. For more on the Junior Fed and Junior Davis Cup, see the ITF junior website.

At the ITF Grade 5 in Waco, Baylor recruit Megan Horter, who was seeded 11th, won the girls singles title, defeating No. 2 seed Natella Nabieva of Uzbekistan 7-6(4)), 0-6, 6-4 in Saturday's final. Unseeded Christopher Haworth won the boys singles title with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over unseeded Harrison Adams. Haworth defeated four seeds and didn't come close to losing a set in his six victories this week.

For complete results, see the TennisLink site.

In the Pro Circuit Futures, two juniors will meet for the women's $10,000 Amelia Island championship. Unseeded 16-year-old Catherine Harrison beat top seed Olga Puchkova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in today's semifinal, to set up a meeting with 17-year-old Georgia recruit Lauren Herring, also unseeded. Herring, who beat No. 5 seed Madison Keys 7-5, 6-3 in today's semifinal, has not lost a set this week. Both girls will be playing in their first professional final, as amateurs, of course.

At the men's $10,000 Futures in Irvine, Calif., qualifier Dan Kosakowski has reached his first professional final with a 7-5, 6-0 semifinal win over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. The UCLA freshman will play tour veteran Chris Guccione of Australia, the sixth seed, in the final on Sunday. Kosakowski is scheduled to compete in the qualifying of the ITA D'Novo All-American, which begins Monday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he withdrew, given that he'll have played eight matches in the past nine days after Sunday's final.

At the Las Vegas $50,000 Pro Circuit tournament for women, Sorana Cirstea of Romania will play Vavara Lepenchko of the U.S. for the singles title on Sunday. Irina Falconi and USC's Maria Sanchez will play Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy in an all-American doubles final.

For more on today's singles semifinals, see Steve Pratt's release here.

For complete Pro Circuit results, see usta.com.