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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Girls 18s & 16s Seeds; US Teams Reach Semifinals in Czech Republic; Florida vs. Southern in Girls Team Championships; Stephens Gets Best Win

Here's the list of the seeds for the upcoming Girls 18s and 16s Nationals, which begin Saturday in San Diego.

1. Lauren Davis
2. Krista Hardebeck
3. Madison Keys
4. Nicole Gibbs
5. Sachia Vickery
6. Grace Min
7. Gabrielle Andrews
8. Kyle McPhillips
9. Taylor Townsend
10. Ellen Tsay
11. Liz Jeukeng
12. Robin Anderson
13. Brooke Austin
14. Danielle Collins
15. Whitney Kay
16. Victoria Duval
17. Frances Altick (alphabetically listed)
17. Sydney Campbell
17. Lynn Chi
17. Samantha Crawford
17. Ashley Dai
17. Maci Epstein
17. Catherine Harrison
17. Mayo Hibi
17. Kourtney Keegan
17. Christina Makarova
17. Stephanie Nauta
17. Chalena Scholl
17. SDenise Starr
17. Stephanie Vlad
17. Ellie Yates
17. Ronit Yurovsky


1. Kimberly Yee
2. Katrine Steffensen
3. Peggy Porter
4. Spencer Liang
5. Shannon Hudson
6. Alanna Wolff
7. Sivan Krems
8. Keisha Clousing
9. Mariana Gould
10. Yuki Chiang
11. Olivia Sneed
12. Quinn Gleason
13. Mia King
14. Dasha Ivanova
15. Alyssa Smith
16. Lauren Marker
17. Lexi Borr
17. Louisa Chirico
17. Kimmy Guerin
17. Josie Kuhlman
17. Erin Larner
17. Brittany Lindl
17. Jana McCord
17. Allison Miller
17. Alexandria Najarian
17. Laura Patterson
17. Manon Peri
17. Elizabeth Profit
17. Jillian Rooney
17. Jwany Sherif
17. Madison Westby
17. Amy Zhu

Dangerous unseeded floaters in the 18s include Nicole Melichar, Hayley Carter, Anna Mamalat, Sabrina Santamaria and Monica Turewicz. The draws have not been posted yet, but will be available at the TennisLink site.

In the girls National Team Championship semifinals today in Claremont, Calif., No. 4 seed Florida surprised No. 2 seed Southern California 5-2, and No. 1 Southern defeated No. 3 Midwest 6-1. Notable results include Southern's Whitney Kay defeating Kyle McPhillips at the No. 1 position, and Danielle Collins of Florida beating Gabby Andrews, also at the No. 1 position. For complete results, see the TennisLink site.

At the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in the Czech Republic, both the boys and girls US teams moved into the semifinals, completing the round robin portion of the competition undefeated, winning all three matches 3-0. The boys team of Henrik Wiersholm, Stefan Kozlov and Eduardo Nava, the top seeds, will play No. 4 Japan Thursday for a place in Saturday's final. The girls team of Julia O'Loughlin, Katerina Stewart and Cristina Rovira, seeded second, will play No. 6 seed Slovenia, also with a place in the final at stake. Russia, the No. 1 seeds in the girls competition, lost to No. 7 seed Croatia, so they are out of contention. Croatia plays No. 5 seed Serbia in the other girls semifinal. In the other boys semifinal, No. 2 seed Romania will play No. 3 seed Korea. The ITF's daily coverage of the boys tournament is here. The ITF's girls article can be found here.

Today at the WTA Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California, Sloane Stephens collected her first win over an WTA Top 20 player, beating No. 7 seed Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 7-5 to reach the round of 16. She is joined there by fellow American teenagers Christina McHale, who advanced when Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia retired trailing 6-2, 3-1, and CoCo Vandeweghe, who beat lucky loser Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3.

Stephens told reporters in San Diego yesterday that she was contemplating asking for a wild card into the Girls 18s Nationals in order to have a chance at its US Open main draw wild card, although it would have been nearly impossible for the tournament to accommodate that request at this late date. With her performance this week, however, it's hard to imagine that she wouldn't receive one of the USTA's four remaining wild cards (French and Australian federations, USTA WC Playoff winner and the Girls 18s winner have the other four spoken for). For more on Stephens' victory, see this AP article, which mistakenly puts Stephens in the quarterfinals rather than the round of 16.