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Sunday, January 16, 2011

AO Junior Wild Cards; Dellien Wins Another Grade 1; Spencer v. Quigley for SEC Indoor; Klahn v. Johnson for Sherwood Cup: Sanchez Wins in Las Vegas

I've received the list of the wild cards for the Australian Open Junior Championships, and they are:

Main Draw Singles Wildcards
Boys
1. Andrew Harris
2. Nick Kyrgios
3. Jordan Thompson
4. Jack Schipanski
5. Alex Bolt
6. Andrew McLeod
7. Mark Richards
8. Joey Swaysland

Girls
1. Samantha Harris
2. Ashleigh Barty
3. Brooke Rischbieth
4. Stefani Stojic
5. Kassandra Dunser
6. Belinda Woolcock
7. Storm Sanders
8. Lauren Davis (USA)

Qualifying Wild Cards

Boys
1. Thanasi Kokkinakis
2. Oliver Ceranic
3. Shane Vinsant (USA)
4. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)
5. Andrew Macfarlane
6. James Dann

Girls
1. Isabelle Wallace
2. Ashley Keir
3. Azra Hadzic

As they were last year, Tennis Australia has been generous with junior wild cards for non-Australians.

Since losing to Alexios Halebian in the quarterfinals of the Dunlop Orange Bowl, Bolivian Hugo Dellien has won 11 straight ITF Grade 1 singles matches, including today's final at the Copa Gatorade in Venezuela. The top-seeded Dellien, who last week won the Coffee Bowl singles title, defeated No. 3 seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3. Dellien and partner Diego Hidalgo of Ecuador, the top seeds, also took the doubles title by virtue of a 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Americans Connor Farren and Nicholas Naumann.

Top seed Danka Kovinic of Montenegro claimed the girls singles title in Venezuela with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 seed Domenica Gonzalez of Ecuador. Kovinic had beaten American Christina Makarova, the No. 3 seed, in the semifinals. Gonzalez, who lost in the doubles final of the Coffee Bowl to Kovinic, did win the doubles championship this week, beating Kovinic and her partner in the semifinals. She and Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay, the third seeds, then went on to defeat top seeds Saska Gavrilovska of Serbia and Yana Sizikova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

In the Grade 1 Loy Yang in Traralgon Australia, there have been some surprising results as play heads into the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria was beaten in the first round by qualifier Axel Alvarez Llamas of Spain, unseeded Karue Sell of Brazil defeated No. 3 seed Mate Pavic of Croatia, and Orange Bowl champion George Morgan, the No. 4 seed, was defeated by No. 13 seed Mate Delic of Croatia. Top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic is through to the semifinals. Emmett Egger of the U.S. qualified and won two rounds before falling to Alvarez Llamas. In the girls draw, top seed Daria Gavrilova of Russia and No. 3 Monica Puig of Puerto Rico are still in contention, but An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium, the No. 2 seed, retired in her second round match against Klara Fabikova of the Czech Republic. With that loss, Mestach, who had won the Casablanca Cup and the Coffee Bowl, saw her junior match winning streak end at 12.

The ITF junior site doesn't have the Traralgon results, they can be found at the Tennis Australia site.

In three of the major collegiate tournaments I've been following this weekend, one champion has been decided, with two other finals on Monday. Today at the Freeman Memorial at UNLV, USTA/ITA Indoor champion Maria Sanchez of USC defeated Florida freshman Olivia Janowicz 6-3, 6-0 in the final. Sanchez is having a fantastic senior year so far, and ditto for Janowicz in her first year with the Gators. Janowicz did not have a gold-ball-laden junior career, but she's had a very impressive start, winning the regional and making the final in this event. She is currently ranked No. 22 in the country. For more on the match, see gatorzone.com. Note the mention of the USTA National team match with Florida on Wednesday. The USTA girls will take on Miami on Monday, and I hope to have some updates on that contest to tweet tomorrow.

At the SEC Indoor in Knoxville, there is an expected finalist in top seed Eric Quigley of Kentucky, and an unexpected one, in 9-16 seed Wil Spencer of Georgia. In Sunday's two matches, Quigley defeated No. 8 seed Sadiou Doumbia of Georgia and No. 4 seed JP Smith of Tennessee in straight sets, while Spencer surprised No. 2 seed Alex Lacroix of Florida and No. 3 seed and teammate Javier Garrapiz. The final is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, and a live blog will be conducted by Tennessee SID Amanda Pruitt. For complete results, see utsports.com.

At the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks, California, Bradley Klahn of Stanford and Steve Johnson of USC will renew their lengthy rivalry when they meet for the singles title. Klahn, the defending champion, is the No. 2 seed, Johnson is the top seed.

2 comments:

little mistake said...

garrapiz was a finalist last year, not the champion.

Colette Lewis said...

Thanks for the correction. Conkic won it, didn't he?