Townsend Reaches No. 1 in World Junior Rankings; Losses Don't Cost USC and UCLA Top Spots; 112th Ojai Begins
Taylor Townsend had a stated goal of reaching No. 1 in the world after she won the Australian Open girls singles and doubles titles, and she achieved it yesterday, when she took over the top spot from Irina Khromacheva of Russia. Khromacheva, who will be 17 next month, finished 2011 as the top-ranked junior girl, so although she played the Australian junior championships, her focus this year has been on her WTA ranking. She hasn't had outstanding results in the ITF Women's Circuit events this year, at least not since she reached a $25K final in Australia, but she is at 253 in the WTA rankings, a career high. Khromacheva has entered the French junior championships, perhaps with an eye to recovering her place at No. 1.
Congratulations to Chalena Scholl, who rose to No. 10 this week in the ITF junior rankings. Scholl, along with Allie Kiick, qualified today at the $50,000 Pro Circuit event in Charlottesville. See the Pro Circuit page at usta.com for draws and schedules.
For the junior rankings, which are now easily sortable by country and age, see the ITF website.
The new ITA rankings were released today, for both teams and individuals, with the UCLA women and USC men remaining on top despite losses to their LA counterparts last Friday. In the men's rankings, Georgia has moved to the No. 2 spot, the highest they've been this year, with Virginia falling to No. 4. Ohio State remains at 3. Despite their win over USC, UCLA stayed at No. 5.
In the women's rankings, UCLA's closest rival is now Florida, which moved up to No. 2, followed by Duke, USC (who also gained nothing for their win over No. 1 UCLA) and Stanford.
Virginia's Mitchell Frank and Florida's Allie Will remain No. 1 in the country in the singles rankings, although neither is playing in the No. 1 spot on their teams.
The complete rankings can be found at the ITA website. Next Monday will see the publication of the last set of rankings before the NCAA team selection, which is next Tuesday, May 1. According to this schedule, the women's selections will be announced at 5 p.m., followed by the men's selections at 5:30 p.m.
For an interesting alternative set of rankings, see the Texas College Tennis blog, which has Florida in the No. 1 spot on the women's side, and Virginia at No. 2 (behind USC) on the men's side.
Oh, and for those of you following USC's protest of the UCLA lineup on Friday, I understand the protest was disallowed for Friday, but was upheld for this week's Ojai Pac-12 men's team championship.
Steve Pratt, who I worked with at Carson and the Easter Bowl, is helping promote and market the Ojai tournament this year, and he wrote this piece about last Friday's 4-3 UCLA win with the rematch between USC and UCLA in next Saturday's final in mind (both teams have byes into the semifinals, which will be played Friday.) For more information on all the other divisions and events at the legendary tournament, check out the tournament website, which will provide links to all the draws.