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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Giron, Duval and Keys Advance to Wimbledon Third Round, but Rain Stalls Other US Juniors; King Gets Davis Cup Duty; Southern & SoCal Sectional Results

More rain at Wimbledon, but a few windows of dry weather allowed three American juniors to make their way into the round of 16, helped by the brief duration of their matches. It took No. 16 seed Vicky Duval only 48 minutes to complete her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil, and Keys needed only 55 minutes to breeze past Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar 6-2, 6-1.

Marcos Giron took a more conventional amount of time to beat unseeded Pedja Krstin of Serbia 6-4, 6-2. Down 4-1 in the opening set, Giron found his form, winning five straight games and 11 of the last 13. He will play unseeded Australian Jason Kubler on Wednesday, after Kubler upset 2010 Wimbledon boys semifinalist Oliver Golding of Great Britain, the No. 4 seed this year, 7-6(7), 6-2. Last year, Kubler was the top seed at Wimbledon and it was Golding who took him out in the third round. Kubler has been injured and his only junior tournament since last year's Wimbledon was the US Open juniors. Unable to play in the Australian Open junior championships this past January, the 18-year-old did compete in three Futures tournaments in Spain during March of this year, but needed a wild card to get into the Wimbledon Juniors. I imagine Golding has some mixed feelings this evening about the LTA's generosity to a non-British player.

The only other American* junior to finish today was Alexios Halebian, who lost to top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Krista Hardebeck, Catherine Harrison and Stephanie Nauta did not take the court for their second round matches, which are now scheduled for Wednesday.

*Sean Berman is listed from USA in the draw, as he is on the ITF site, but both he and Tennis Australia consider him Australian, so I do not include him in my counts.

Only one boys match did not finish, so the boys will play their third round matches on Wednesday, but the girls will not, with only six of today's 16 matches decided. The doubles draw is also behind schedule, with only two girls and two boys doubles matches complete.

It wasn't a good day for British boys, with six of them losing, including No. 10 seed and Orange Bowl champion George Morgan, who lost to Berman. Only Liam Broady, the Roehampton champion and No. 15 seed this week, remains in the draw to bolster British hopes. Belgium, on the other hand, can claim three boys through to the round of 16, all of them unseeded: Julien Cagnina, Kimmer Coppejans and Joris De Loore.

For the complete draws and Wednesday's order of play, see wimbledon.com.

The University of Michigan announced yesterday that rising junior Evan King has been invited to be a practice partner for the upcoming Davis Cup tie in Austin, Texas next month. King joins Bradley Klahn and Steve Johnson in helping Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan twins prepare for the Spanish team, which does not include Rafael Nadal, but does include left-handers Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez. Both King and Klahn are left=handed.

King, a wild card at the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger, lost today in the first round, as did qualifiers Bradley Klahn and Michael Shabaz. Qualifier Denis Kudla did claim a win today. For the scores and other results, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.

And finally, here are the finals results from the recently completed Southern Closed and Southern California Sectionals. For the complete draws of the Southern Closed, click on the age division below. For the complete draws of the Southern California sectionals, see this TennisLink site.

Southern Closed:

Patrick Kypson(1) def. A.Trice Pickens(2) 6-2, 6-0
Madeline Meredith(2) def. Mallory Gilmer(1) 6-2, 6-1

Tommy Paul(1) def. Emil Reinberg(5) 6-3, 6-4
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer(2) def. Emerald Able(3) 6-2, 7-5

Zachary Kennedy(17) def. Sean Donohue(3) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Kaitlyn McCarthy(9) def. Laura Patterson(4) 6-4, 6-0

Sean Karl(5) def. Nick Wood(5) 6-2, 6-0
Whitney Kay(1) def. Madeleine Hamilton(9) 6-3, 6-2

Southern California:
Connor Hance(2) def. Bryce Pereira 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
Ryan Peus(1) def. (2) Kayla Day(2) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1


Eduardo Nava(5) def. Brandon Yeoh(6) 6-3, 6-4
Kenadi Hance(3) def. Raquel Pedraza 6-1, 6-2


(1) Gregory Garcia(1) def. Garrett Auproux 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Elizabeth Profit def. Lauren Marker(1) 6-3, 6-1

Dennis Mkrtchian def. Deiton Baughman 6-1, 6-0
Desirae Krawczyk(6) def. Lorraine Guillermo(3) 6-3, 7-5