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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rain Sends 12s Division Indoors; Only Six Girls 18s Matches Completed Monday at Eddie Herr International

©Colette Lewis 2011--
Bradenton, FL--

The rain came early and stayed all day Monday at the Eddie Herr International, delaying the start of the 14s division and sending the 12s to the three indoor courts to finish their third round.

The 18s were scheduled to finish their final five qualifying matches, suspended by darkness on Sunday, and begin the first round, but the mid-morning rain allowed completion of only four of the five, plus six girls matches.

Nadia Echeverria Alam of the US lost her qualifying match to Stefania Hristov of Romania 7-6(4), 7-5 and Ioana Ducu of Romanian also advanced to the main draw with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Marie Benoit of Belgium in the two girls matches completed Monday morning. Evan Hoyt of Great Britain beat Siyu Liu of China 6-3, 6-1 in a match that wasn't started until today, while Punn Bodhidatta of Thailand didn't need long to complete his 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win over Jhonatan Gonzalez of Venezuela. Vasco Mensurado of Portugal held a 6-4, 5-3 lead over American wild card Ridley Seguso in another final round qualifying match that wasn't begun until this morning.

In the girls 18s matches completed, the Americans went 1-3, and there was a mild upset, with Victoriya Tomova of Bulgaria beating No. 16 seed Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-2.

Jennifer Brady fell to Varvara Flink of Russia 6-3, 6-1, Jamie Loeb lost to No. 3 seed Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3, and Blair Shankle was beaten by No. 6 seed Zuzanna Maciejewska of Poland 6-2, 6-3.

The lone win by an American girl came from Stephanie Nauta, who beat Barbara Haas of Austria 6-3, 6-1. Nauta and Haas had split their two previous meetings, both on clay, both three-setters, so the brevity of the match was a surprise. Nauta, who trains at the IMG/Bollettieri Academy with Pat Harrison, had the advantage of home court, but her biggest advantage over Haas was her serve, which earned her many free points in tight situations. Haas wasn't sharp, unable to stay in points as long as usual, and Nauta took advantage of those opportunities by missing very little in the second set.

In the 12s, most of the boys were able to finish outside prior to the rain, but top seed Alex del Corral wasn't one of them. Playing Argentina's Juan Otegui on one of the three hard courts back in Academy Park, del Corral faced two set points serving a 4-5 in the first, but saved those and went on to take it 7-5. With del Corral up 2-1 and serving in the second, the match was moved indoors, and del Corral managed to subdue the stubborn Otegui 6-4 to reach the round of 16.

Del Corral is one of four US boys remaining, with No. 4 seed Patrick Kypson, No. 12 seed Noah Makarome and unseeded Vasil Kirkov posting routine wins Monday morning.

A total of 10 seeds remain in the 12s draw, including the top four. No. 2 seed Artem Dubrivny of Russia blanked Elliot Lamprecht of South Africa, Dubrivny's second consecutive 6-0, 6-0 result. No. 3 seed Alexei Popyrin of Australia beat Jiri Jenicek of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-2. Kypson lost only one game in his match with Kim Dohyun of Korea.

The girls 12s third round matches had all begun, but most were finished indoors. Dominique Schaefer of the US lost her first two games of the tournament today against Darya Oryshkevych of Ukraine, who had beaten top seed Maria Tyrina of Russia in the second round, but dominated in a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Five other US girls advanced to the round of 16, but not No. 3 seed Anna Bright, who was beaten by Jang Eunse of Korea 6-3, 6-1. Abigail Desiatnikov(10), Maria Ross(11), and Nicole Conard(8) are joined by unseeded Emma DeCoste and Jaeda Daniel. Daniel defeated No. 15 seed Polina Golubovskaya of Russia 6-2, 6-2, in a match completed indoors and if she wants to reach the quarterfinals for a second straight year, she will need to beat No. 2 seed Kim Soomin of Korea on Tuesday.

For results from the 12s and the schedules for Tuesday, see the Tennis Information site.

For the 18s order of play and link to the draws, see eddieherr.com.