Thirteen-year-old Andrews Upsets Fourth Seed in Dunlop Orange Bowl Girls 18s; Quarterfinals Set in 16s Division
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Posting a win over a Top 10 player is a significant rite of passage for a competitor looking to her make her mark in the tennis world. Gabrielle Andrews, who doesn't turn 14 for another two weeks, has now achieved that, beating No. 4 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in Tuesday's second round play at the Dunlop Orange Bowl.
Andrews, a wild card entry from Pomona, Calif., is playing in her sixth ITF 18-and-under tournament, but there is no question that her win over Khromacheva, who has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the world by the ITF, is her best result.
"I didn't really pay attention to that," said Andrews, who was on the U.S. team that won the ITF 14-and-under World Junior Tennis team championship in August. "It's just a number. I could be playing Serena, and I wouldn't get intimidated." Andrews then reconsidered that statement. "Just a little bit," she said with a giggle.
Andrews made it difficult for Khromacheva by holding serve at 4-4 in the third set, putting all the pressure on the 15-year-old Russian to stay in the match.
"It was really important to hold that game," said Andrews. "I was getting a little tight, and I could see that she was getting a little flustered. I just wanted to keep my composure throughout the whole match."
Khromacheva continued to show her frustration in the final game, and with much calmer conditions than in the past two days, it was her own errors and what she considered errors by the chair umpire that were the primary contributors.
Andrews agreed that playing in the 18s is easier for her than staying in the younger age divisions.
"I like playing the older girls a lot, because it's less pressure," Andrews said. "It's not like playing in the 14s, and you know, I'm supposed to win this match," Andrews said. "So I just go out there and hit out."
Catherine Harrison, who is 16, decided to play that age division again, despite reaching the semifinals in last year's tournament.
"I really didn't want to go through qualifying," said Harrison, who would have needed to receive a wild card or qualify to make the main draw in 18s. "I'd just gotten back from Eddie Herr, and it was kind of logistically difficult."
Unseeded in the 16s, Harrison reached the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over 2010 Eddie Herr 16s champion Samantha Crawford. Crawford looked a bit weary during her ninth match in nine days, and Harrison, who lost in the second round of the 18s at the Eddie Herr, had her two-handed forehand and backhand in fine working order.
"I knew she was playing well, and I had to come out expecting a tough match," said Harrison, of Germantown, Tenn. "And golly, if she got a hold of that forehand, I pretty much lost the point every time. I tried to mix it up, hit some slices and more angles, so she really couldn't get a rhythm. Thankfully, it worked."
Harrison will have revenge on her mind when she faces top seed Christina Makarova in the quarterfinals. The 14-year-old Californian beat Harrison 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at October's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa.
"I know she really wants to win," said Makarova, who beat Alyssa Smith 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up the rematch. "She thought she was supposed to win that (previous match). I'm sure she's going to try to get me to be inconsistent, and hope that my passing shots aren't so good, because I did quite a few of them against her in that match."
The other girls 16s quarterfinals feature No. 3 seed Ayaka Okuno of Japan against European 16s champion Silvia Garcia Jimenez of Spain; No. 5 seed Christine Kandler of Austria against Alexandra Kiick; and Taylor Townsend against No. 2 seed Carol Zhao.
One of the boys 16s quarterfinals finds two Americans, No. 10 seed Maxx Lipman and Harrison Adams, facing off for a spot in the semifinals.
Lipman need two hours and forty-five minutes to get by No. 5 seed Vasco Mensurado of Portugal. With Mensurado serving at 5-5, 15-30 in the third set, Lipman came up with two big shots, a drop volley winner and a powerful forehand winner to earn the break, and serving for the match, got just the start he would have wished for.
"I started off with an ace, so that really helped," said Lipman, who turns 16 next week. "I just kind of went for my shots, knowing if I did get broken I was fine going into a tiebreaker, because I felt confident in my game."
At 30-30 in the final game, Lipman got a favorable let cord, and put it away with a topspin forehand, and closed out the match with another forehand winner.
"We had a great match, and I'm happy with the way I played and how I closed it out," Lipman said.
Adams earned his spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over wild card Ryan Smith.
In the three other boys 16s quarterfinals, top seed Luke Pouille of France will play No. 8 seed Luke Bambridge of Great Britain; No. 13 seed Thien Nguyen Hoang of Vietnam faces Niko Madregallejo of the U.S.; and No. 7 seed Laurent Lokoli of France meets No. 16 seed Alexander Ritschard of Switzerland.
For the second match in a row, top seed Daria Gavrilova of Russia once again found herself in a do-or-die situation, this time against wild card Jan Abaza of the U.S., and once again she scraped through, 6-0, 3-6, 7-5. Although Gavrilova committed a large number of unforced errors, she survived on her instincts and willingness to win points in different ways. She served and volleyed, she lobbed, she hit drop shots, and Abaza was never sure just what might come off the World Junior No. 1's racquet. On the point that ended the lengthy contest, Gavrilova served and volleyed, with Abaza just able to return the volley with a defensive lob that floated long.
Gavrilova's opponent in the third round is unseeded Vicky Duval of the U.S., who defeated qualifier Liz Jeukeng, also of the U.S., 7-6(2), 7-6(3). No. 8 seed Lauren Davis cruised past wild card Anna Mamalat 6-3, 6-0, but No. 16 seed Madison Keys had her hands full before squeezing by qualifier Chichi Scholl of the U.S. 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Keys will play Andrews in the third round. Two unseeded Americans beat seeds in second round play, with Ashley Dai taking out Daria Salnikova of Russia 6-3, 6-4, and Lauren Herring coming back for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 12 seed Hao Chen Tang of China. Grace Min, also unseeded, defeated Jessica Ren 6-3, 6-1. Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, the No. 3 seed, rolled to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Ekaterina Semenova.
Two American boys advanced to the final 16, with No. 14 seed Shane Vinsant earning his spot with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Patrick Ofner of Austria. Vinsant will play No. 3 seed Mate Pavic of Croatia, who beat Vinsant 7-6(3), 7-5 last week at the Eddie Herr. Alexios Halebian, who defeated top seed Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia on Tuesday, kept his hopes for two consecutive Orange Bowl titles alive with a 6-4, 6-7(4) ret. inj. win over Luis Patino of Mexico. Patino went down with a cramp on the first point of the third set and was unable to continue. Halebian's opponent on Thursday is a familar one. Karue Sell of Brazil lost to Halebian 6-4, 6-4 last year in the 16s semifinals.
Two boys seeds lost on Wednesday, with No. 16 Bjorn Fratangleo dropping a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Dimitar Kuzmanov of Bulgaria, and No. 10 Liam Broady falling to to Nik Razborsek of Slovenia 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Marco Nunez of Mexico.
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