National Open Winners; Giron's Streak Ends in Milan; Women's Qualifying Starts at French; LTA Loses Bains
The year's second set of USTA National Opens were completed Monday, with one exception, which will be apparent in the results below:
Evan Zhu(4) def. Aleksandar Kovacevic(5) 6-2, 6-1
Jason Legall(2) def. John McNally(1) 7-6, 4-6, 12-10
Connor Hance(4) def. Charles Deng 6-1, 6-3
Noah Makarome(1) def. Patrick Kypson(2) 6-2, 6-2
Jada Robinson(1) def. Abigail Desiatnikov(2) 5-7, 6-4, 12-10
Victoria Flores(1) def. Isabella Lorenzini(2) 4-6, 7-5, 10-6
Michaela Gordon(4) def. Dominique Schaefer(3) 6-1, 2-2 Ret. (inj)
Nada Dimovska def. Mallory Gilmer(4) 6-1, 6-2
Nathan Ponwith(5) def. Jared Madison(4) 6-4, 6-3
Yancy Dennis(3) def. Francis Tiafoe(1) 6-4, 6-0
Chase Colton(2) def. Tommy Paul(1) 6-3, 6-2
Sameer Kumar(1) def. Spencer Furman(2) 6-3, 6-1
Catherine Bellis def. Samantha Martinelli(5) 6-0, 6-4
Caroline Lampl(7) def. Raveena Kingsley 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4
Emerald Able def. Terri Fleming(5) 7-6, 7-6
Parris Todd(8) def. Chuyang Guan(5) 7-6(4), 6-2
Aron Hiltzik def. Martin Redlicki(2) 7-6, 6-3
Richard Pham(5) and Henry Craig(4) finalists
Andrew Schafer def. A.J. Catanzariti(7) 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
Dylan Brown(2) def. Miguel Alda(4) 6-4, 6-3
Madison Westby(2) def. Alexandra Baer 7-6, 6-0
Kenadi Hance and Gabrielle Smith(1) finalists
Katerina Stewart(5) def. Ndindi Ndunda(5) 6-1, 6-2
Louisa Chirico(1) def. Elizabeth Stewart(2) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Ronnie Schneider def. (1) Wyatt McCoy(1) 7-5, 6-2
Matthew Alves(4) def. Gregory Scott(2) 6-1, 2-0 Ret. (inj)
Ryan Shane def. Nolan Paige(5) 7-6(7), 6-3
Andrew Korinek (2) def. Brendan McClain(5) 6-1, 6-3
Jamie Loeb(2) def. Madeline Lipp(1) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Mayo Hibi(1) def. Ellie Yates(3) WO (inj)
Whitney Kay(1) def. Megan Kurey 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Sydney Campbell(3) def. Makenzie Craft(4) 6-3, 6-2
Today at the ITF Grade A Italian Open, Marcos Giron's winning streak ended at 24, as he lost 6-3, 6-3 to No. 8 seed Joao Sorgi of Brazil. The other two American boys who won their first round matches also won in the second round today. Bjorn Fratangelo defeated No. 16 seed Mate Delic of Croatia 7-5, 6-2, while Alexios Halebian downed No. 9 seed Luke Saville of Australia 6-1, 6-4. For some reason, Tristen Dewar still hasn't played her first round match, although every other first round result has been posted to the draws on the club's website. Halebian and Fratangelo, Shane Vinsant and Mitchell Krueger, and Connor Farren, who is playing doubles with Sorgi, have advanced to the second round of doubles. Stephanie Nauta, playing with Canadian Carol Zhao, is through to the second round in the girls doubles, as is Dewar, who is playing with Mexican Marcela Zacarias.
Men's qualifying for the French Open began today, with only Ryan Harrison and Alex Bogomolov advancing to the second round. Harrison saved a match point in the second set of his 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2 win over Great Britain's James Ward. Bogomolov beat Ricardo Hocevar of Brazil 6-3, 2-6, 9-7. The women's qualifying, which starts Wednesday, also features just five Americans: Julia Cohen, Sloane Stephens, who is seeded 21, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Madison Brengle and ninth seed Jamie Hampton. Last year's French Open girls champion, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, received a qualifying wild card and drew top seed Anastasia Pivovarova. The women's qualifying draw is here.
Meanwhile in Brussels, Irina Falconi, who is writing a blog for the USTA, reached the main draw as a lucky loser and won her first round match. She will play No. 3 seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy next. Seventeen-year-old Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck has stolen the thunder of the ITF's No. 1 junior An-Sophie Mestach recently, going 15-0 in ITF junior events and 19-1 in ITF women's circuit events this year. Today she beat veteran Patty Schnyder 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for her first main draw ATP win. Complete draws can be found at the WTA website.
At the $10,000 Pro Circuit women's tournament in Pennsylvania, wild cards Skylar Morton and Brooke Austin won their first round matches today, while several juniors qualified with wins today.
I neglected to mention in my recap of Plantation that there is third ITF Grade 4 this week in Delray Beach. The results of the first two rounds can be found at the ITF junior website.
And finally, the BBC did a feature story on 13-year-old Naiktha Bains, who is now living in and representing Australia although she was born in Leeds, England and was discovered in an LTA talent search five years ago. As the article mentions, Adidas coach and television commentator Darren Cahill recently tweeted about Bains when she was training in Las Vegas, which I felt was unwise given what happened when John McEnroe made similar remarks about a 14-year-old Donald Young seven years ago. But setting aside Bains' future prospects, the article does give an in-depth view of what can go wrong in a federation bureaucracy and also shows the options available to those who are willing to look outside their country of birth.