Krueger Sweeps Titles in New Zealand; Hardebeck Takes Out Top Seed Cohen; Klahn's Wild Card; Lauren Davis Blogs From Fed Cup
Mitchell Krueger swept the singles and doubles titles at the ITF Grade 3 event in New Zealand this week. The top-seeded Krueger, who reached the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at the Australian Open junior championships, beat fellow American and No. 2 seed Emmett Egger in the final, when Egger was forced to retire with an ankle injury. On Friday, Krueger and training partner Jaden Grinter of New Zealand won the doubles over Egger and Mac Styslinger by the head-scratching and heart-stopping score of 0-6, 7-5, 13-11. By the way, for more on the Australian Open juniors, see Marcia Frost's report today for the Tennis Recruiting Network.
Because I was in Florida covering the Plaza Cup, I neglected to notice that Connor Farren had reached the final of the Grade 2 in Ecuador on clay. The fourth-seeded Farren has an excellent win over second seed Matias Sborowitz of Chile before falling to top seed Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 6-4 6-4.
Krista Hardebeck has defeated top seed Julia Cohen today at the $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Hardebeck plays No. 4 seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in Saturday's semifinals. The unseeded 16-year-old is going to run into some difficulty with her next commitment if she keeps on winning because Hardebeck is scheduled to compete in the qualifying Sunday at the Dow Corning in Midland.
At the Palm Coast Futures, Jack Sock lost in the singles quarterfinals to Matt Reid in a third set tiebreaker, but he and former Texas All-American Dimitar Kutrovsky have reached another doubles final, their fifth as a team. The top seeds will play No. 2 seeds Greg Ouellette, a former Gator, and Blake Strode, a former Razorback, on Sunday.
For complete results, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
The draw for the ATP's SAP Open in San Jose was revealed today, and Stanford's Bradley Klahn, who received a wild card into the event, will play No. 2 seed and world No. 12 Gael Monfils of France in the first round. That match is scheduled for Wednesday evening. According to this article from the tournament website, Klahn and Ryan Thacher have also been given a doubles wild card.
And finally, Lauren Davis is serving as a practice partner, or Future Fed Cupper, for the U.S. team when it plays Belgium in the quarterfinals beginning Saturday in Antwerp. Davis blogs about her first Fed Cup experience, including the often-dreaded Rookie Speech, for usta.com. For all results in group play and more on the quarterfinals, see the Fed Cup website.