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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

US Open Women's Wild Cards Announced; US Girls, Top Seeds in ITF 14U World Junior Tennis Team Event, Lose to Slovakia

Before I get to the NCAA changes, in a separate post, here is the list of the women's US Open wild cards.  For the main draw:

Mallory Burdette
Julia Cohen
Vicky Duval
Nicole Gibbs
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Melanie Oudin
Casey Dellacqua*
Kristina Mladenovic*

*reciprocal wild cards

Lauren Davis, Madison Keys, Grace Min and Jessica Pegula, all of whom were eligible to play in the USTA 18 Nationals but did not, are already in qualifying based on their own rankings, but were not given wild cards.

The qualifying wild cards:
Brooke Austin
Julia Boserup
Gail Brodsky
Samantha Crawford
Allie Kiick
Shelby Rogers
Chalena Scholl
Ashley Weinhold

One more qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the US Open National Playoffs this weekend in New Haven, Conn.

Notably absent from the qualifying wild card list is Taylor Townsend, the  world's top junior in the ITF rankings. Townsend was given a wild card into qualifying last year and won a round before falling to Laura Robson in a third-set tiebreaker.

The complete release can be found at the US Open website.

Today in the final stage of round robin competition, which decides the semifinalists, the US girls, seeded No. 1 fell to unseeded Slovakia 2-1. Both Nicole Frenkel and Tornado Black lost their singles matches. The four girls teams in the semifinals are Great Britain(2), Germany(4), Slovakia and the Czech Republic(5).

The US boys, also the top seeds, reached the semifinals with a 3-0 over Taiwan. They will play No. 4 seed Brazil Thursday. The other semifinal will feature No. 2 seed Korea against No. 6 seed Japan. Japan upset No. 3 seed Spain to top their group. Anyone who has followed the Eddie Herr and Junior Orange Bowl in the past few years is not surprised to see the success of the Koreans, who are the defending champions.

The draws can be found here, with the recap of today's action at the ITF junior website.


concerned coach said...

Could you find out if the NCAA tennis committee (see below) actually approved the scoring format changes? It seems like it would be impossible for rational tennis coaches to vote for these changes. It would be very helpful and insightful to your audience if you could find out more about how all this was possible and how it went down. It also looks like David Benjamin who is the head of the ITA was present at this meeting. Could it be that this group is pushing for change?
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