Monday, June 27, 2011

French Open Girls Champion Jabeur Out at Wimbledon, Harrison and Duval Advance to Second Round; USTA Collegiate Team, ITA All-Stars Announced

The first round of the Wimbledon Junior Championships was completed today, with qualifier Catherine Harrison and No. 16 seed Vicky Duval making it five US girls through to the second round. Harrison beat Marie Elise Casares of Ecuador 6-2, 7-6(7) and Duval took out Miyu Kato of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to join Krista Hardebeck, Madison Keys and Stephanie Nauta in the second round. Harrison will play No. 3 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia on Tuesday, with Duval taking on Beatriz Maia Haddad of Brazil. Nauta will face No. 2 seed Caroline Garcia of France. Americans Gabby Andrews and Christina Makarova lost their opening round matches today, as did Dennis Novikov and Shane Vinsant.

The biggest surprise in today's junior event was the exit of current French Open girls champion Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, the No. 4 seed, who fell to Risa Ozaki of Japan 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Boys top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic advanced to the second round with a straight-set win over wild card Jonathan Cornish of Great Britain to set up a meeting with American Alexios Halebian. Marcos Giron, the only other American boy remaining in the singles draw, will play unseeded Pedja Krstin of Serbia in the second round Tuesday.

There was plenty of buzz around Manic Monday at Wimbledon today in the men's and women's draws, with both Williams sisters exiting, but 18-year-old Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic managed to capture his share of the spotlight with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 victory over unseeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium to become the youngest Wimbledon men's quarterfinalist since 17-year-old Boris Becker won it in 1985 and repeated as champion the following year. Tomic will play No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, with whom he has been practicing, in Wednesday's quarterfinal. For more on the Tomic win, see Greg Garber's article for espn.com. There is one correction, with Tomic's US Open boys title coming in 2009, not 2008, which was the year he won the Australian boys title.

See wimbledon.com for complete results and schedules.

In the final round of qualifying at the Winnetka Challenger today, Bradley Klahn advanced to the main draw with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Devin Britton, while Denis Kudla beat Michael McClune 7-6(6), 6-7(2), 6-3. Michael Shabaz took out 2011 NCAA champion Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4.

In the main draw, Jack Sock defeated Greg Ouellette 6-3, 6-2 and will play Michael Venus in the second round. See the Pro Circuit page at usta.com for the day's other first round scores.

The USTA has announced the names of the players chosen for this year's Collegiate Team. They are:

Sekou Bangoura, Florida
Chase Buchanan, Ohio State
Alex Domijan, Virginia
Steve Johnson, USC
Evan King, Michigan
Bradley Klahn, Stanford
Austin Krajicek, Texas A&M
Dennis Nevolo, Illinois
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Tennys Sandgren, Tennessee
Ray Sarmiento, USC
Michael Shabaz, Virginia
Rhyne Williams, Tennessee


Kristie Ahn, Stanford
Hilary Barte, Stanford
Lauren Embree, Florida
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
Maria Sanchez, Southern California
Allie Will, Florida

The complete release is available here.

The ITA also released its All-Star team today, which will be part of the collegiate contingent invited to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open. The names of those players, along with the National Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners, can be found in this release at the ITA website.


college tennis said...

How could Krajicek and Shbaz be selected for the USTA collegiate team when both were seniors in 2010-2011, o longer NCAA eligible and can legally take money. SHould they be on a pro transition team and their spots be given to players still eligible for college?

Fairplay said...

to: college tennis:
I would think the USTA collegiate team probably offers the perfect transition to the pro tour because the players on the team get wild cards into pro tournaments and USTA provides coaches and covers travel expenses. By the way, the women's team also has two seniors. It also looks like USTA doesn't just determine a certain number of spots to be filled, but rather invites players based on certain criteria; if some of those players cannot make it due to prior commitments, the spot will simply not be filled. At least, that is my guess, looking at the number of women versus men who made the teams. I’m pretty sure more than six women were invited to attend.

college tennis said...

to fairplay

see your logic but by definition and fairness a collegiate team should be made up of college players, not players who are no longer NCAA eligible, or the USTA should call it something else and besides the USTA can stil give those players support and WCs.

questions USTA? said...

So Dadamo gets into the Collegiate/Pro Transition camp in Boca, makes it to the final last week at Tampa Futures (beats some decent players), NCAA Doubles Champ and doesn't make onto the Collegiate Team? Don't get it.

abc said...

Maybe he didn't apply. It's a possibility.

Fairplay said...

To college tennis: True, but I guess you will still not see those “spots" filled by players who do not meet the requirements.
To questions USTA: Well, maybe the dates didn’t fit into Dadamo’s schedule. USTA only publishes the names of players who accept the invitation.

love-tennis said...

Yes, a lot of the college players need to attend summer school to either catch up or get ahead. So it is hard for them to be on that collegiate team. That is what happened to our friend. They invited her but she is too busy with summer school.

questions USTA? said...

That is definitely not the case with Dadamo...