Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wimbledon Qualifying Finally Complete; Roehampton Grade 1 Begins Sunday; Texas Grand Slam Results

Although today was hardly rain-free in London, Wimbledon qualifying was finally completed at Roehampton, with Alexa Glatch of the US the final player to earn her spot in the main draw. Glatch defeated Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 3-6, 7-6(2), 12-10 to join 11 other American women in the main draw, the largest number since 2007. In a disappointing lapse by wimbledon.com, the draws do not yet reflect where the qualifiers have been placed, but Kevin Fischer of the WTA tweeted that Glatch will play No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, while Irina Falconi, who was fortunate to finish on Thursday, will play lucky loser Stephanie Dubois of Canada.

Ryan Harrison lost to Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany 7-5 in the fifth, getting broken at love after returning from a rain delay with Stebe leading 6-5. His frustration at losing led to an eruption that Guy McCrea described on Twitter: "Harrison smashed racket at end, huge divot in turf. Big fine likely." Harrison got into the main draw as a lucky loser however, just as he had done at the French last month. Robert Kendrick apparently withdrew, so that means there are still nine Americans in the main draw. Harrison and Travis Rettenmaier had already qualified in doubles; Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy won their final qualifying match today.

McCrea spoke with Stebe in his final qualifying podcast, and also talked with Conor Niland of Ireland, who in qualifying, becomes the first Irish player to compete in the main draw at Wimbledon since 1977. Niland played college tennis at Cal, where he was an All-American in 2006, reaching the quarterfinals in the NCAA individual tournament.

The podcasts from the qualifying can all be found at wimbledon.com.

The ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton begins on Sunday, with 16 American boys and girls competing in the main draws. The US boys in the main draw, none of whom are seeded, are: Mitchell Krueger, Shane Vinsant, Emmett Egger (a lucky loser), Dennis Novikov, Alexios Halebian, Mac Styslinger, Marcos Giron and Connor Farren. Novikov, who lost in the final of the Grade 2 Gerry Weber in Germany today, plays No. 3 seed Oliver Golding of Great Britain in the first round, a tough draw for both. The boys draw in Roehampton, as it is expected to be at Wimbledon, is extremely strong, with a world ranking of 20 required for seeding this week. Bjorn Fratangelo is one of the few top junior boys not playing the grass events this month.

The US girls at Roehampton include two seeds, No. 12 Vicky Duval and No. 14 Grace Min. The other six are: Madison Keys, Stephanie Nauta, Krista Hardebeck, Christina Makarova, Lauren Herring and Catherine Harrison. Hardebeck plays top seed Daria Gavrilova of Russia in the opening round. Gabby Andrews, who is still listed in the Wimbledon entries, is not playing Roehampton. The girls' field at Roehampton and at Wimbledon is not as strong as the boys', with a ranking of 34 the cutoff for seeding this week. An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium, the world junior No. 1, withdrew from Wimbledon, as did Monica Puig, Natalija Kostic and Saisai Zheng.

Complete Roehampton draws can be found at the LTA website.

The Texas Grand Slam, which is their big junior sectional event of the year, ended today. The final results are as follows:

Harrison Adams(1) def. Michael Riechmann (5) 6-3, 6-2
Peggy Porter(1) def. Brooke Hughes 6-2, 6-2

Bayo Philips(1) def. William Jou (5) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Caroline Turner(1) def. Gabriella Umoquit(3) 6-3, 6-1

Emanuel Llamas(3) def. Grayson Broadus(1) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
Sydney Riley(3) def. Abigail Chiu(2) 6-3, 6-3

King Roy(2) def. Zeb Zheng(1) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
Anna Bright(1) def. Danielle Quevedo(2) 6-4, 6-2

For complete results, see the TennisLink site.


Tennisforlife said...

What a pity Harrison seems to be turning into a prima-Donna. Embarrassing himself like this

AR Hacked Off said...

So when will McEnroe\Courier or the ITF do something about Harrison, this is two straight Grand Slams where he has embarrassed himself, with juvenile behavior.
Personally they should yank him from the LL pool for his actions, but guess what he still gets to play MD again.
Just sad state of affairs for American Tennis if Roddick Jr is what we have as the future.

get real said...

As I said it is more about winning. I can think of a top Tennessee player who has never been yanked from the lineup and heavily backed by the USTA whose court behavior is really bad, including being defaulted from a match against Vanderbilt for swearing and guess what he was in the Tennessee lineup the next day. Again for those who win, bad behavior is excused. For those who lose and exhibit bad behavior, they are really criticized. Harrison has always been a tendency to be a bit a bad sport, or drama king, when things don’t got his way but he is talented. Then there are players like Evan King who are a great example of sportmanship.

cmon said...

get off of harrison. he loses 75 in the 5th last round of qualifying, not knowing hes going to get a LL, probably doesnt break the rackets until after the hand shake, maybe even off the court, give him a break.

cmon said...

and to tennisforlife, ryan has always been this way, so do not think he is just now starting to act out and break rackets.

You Can't Be Serious? said...

Most of the past Champions in the United States - Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Marty Fish, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier have not been boy scouts on the court.

They have an inner-confidence that losing matches, not qualifying in Slams is not good enough. They are shooting for the very top. Everyone wants champions and Everyone wants well-behaved players. Let Ryan be Ryan and let Rhyne Williams be Rhyne Williams. These are great young players that can do big things. Who cares if he throws his racquet in an epic 5 set match??? Get over it and start realizing the passion these players have and how badly they want to win for themselves, their families and raise American Tennis.

We want Champions NOT Boy Scouts and Robots

AR Hacked Off said...

read the article guys he managed to damage the grass court, enough said, that he was fined at FO also speaks volumes to his character. Sorry but he has done nothing yet to cut him slack for his juvenile behavior.

Beks said...

Jason, I was there and saw that the courts were pretty terrible and messed up already. I don't think he damaged them any more than they already were.