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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top Two Boys Seeds Fall at Wimbledon; Hardebeck Joins Keys and Duval in Round of 16; Tomic's Run Ends in Quarterfinals

Krista Hardebeck was the sole American junior of the four in action to advance in singles today at Wimbledon. Hardebeck defeated No. 10 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round. Van Uytvanck has been one of the hottest players on the junior and ITF women's circuit this spring, so it was an excellent result for the 16-year-old Californian. Hardebeck took a 3-1 lead in the final set, lost three straight games, but held, broke and held to finish the match. She will play No. 5 seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada on Thursday. Sandra Harwitt spoke to Hardebeck about her future plans in the daily ITF junior coverage of Wimbledon.

Vicky Duval and Madison Keys, who won their second round matches yesterday, today found out who their opponents will be Thursday; No. 16 seed Duval will play unseeded Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine, and Keys, who is unseeded, will play No. 12 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. They two Americans will meet each other in the quarterfinals with wins Thursday. The girls are a round behind the boys due to Tuesday's rain disruptions.

Qualifier Catherine Harrison lost to No. 3 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-2 and Stephanie Nauta fell to No. 2 seed Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 6-3.

Marcos Giron, the only US boys to reach the round of 16, lost to Australian Jason Kubler, also unseeded, 6-3, 6-3. The boys will play their quarterfinal matches on Thursday, and after today's round of 16 matches, only three seeds remain, with No. 8 seed Mate Pavic of Croatia the highest. Great Britain's Liam Broady, seeded No. 15, repeated his Roehampton win over world No. 1 Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, taking a 6-4, 7-5 decision from the Australian Open boys champion. Broady will play German qualifier Robin Kern in the quarterfinals, after Kern surprised No. 5 seed Filip Horansky of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1. For more on Broady's win, see the Wimbledon junior news section.

No. 16 seed Luke Saville of Australia, who reached the final in his home country's junior slam in January, finished his second round match today, then came back a few hours later to oust No. 2 seed Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 7-6(8), 6-3.

The first round of doubles was completed today, and just one American boys team advanced--Connor Farren and Mac Styslinger. In the girls doubles, Orange Bowl champions Lauren Herring and Madison Keys of the US won, as did Duval and Grace Min. Duval is playing with Madagascar's Zarah Razafimahatratra as the fifth seeded team, while Min is playing with Bouchard and is seeded second.

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

Australian Open qualifier Bernard Tomic's winning streak at Wimbledon ended at seven when he fell to No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, but the 18-year-old can hardly be disappointed in his two and a half weeks in SW19. In this Times article published by The Australian, Tomic is confident this is just the beginning.

"But seriously I think I have the game, and if I get the mental state, to win a major in the next two years.”