Juniors Double Up Indoors at Sound Shore; Andrews and Townsend Reach Semifinals at US Open Junior Championships
©Colette Lewis 2012--
Port Chester, NY--
Another rainy morning in New York meant another day of doubles only for the juniors at the US Open, and another trip to the Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Club in Port Chester, NY.
By the time the 23rd and final match of the day (there was one walkover) finished, around 6 p.m., the semifinalists in both boys and girls doubles were set.
The only US juniors still alive in doubles are last year's US Open finalists and this year's Australian Open champions Taylor Townsend and Gabby Andrews. The fourth-seeded team picked up two wins by identical 6-4, 7-6(4) scores.
The first, over Emily Fanning of New Zealand and Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, was a struggle in the second set, with Andrews and Townsend needing to win a deciding point in the no-ad format to save a set point with Townsend serving at 3-5. That set point went in Andrews and Townsend's favor when Kontaveit missed a return, but she still had an opportunity to send it into a match tiebreaker serving at 5-4. Andrews and Townsend really stepped up their return game, however, making four straight great returns, with Townsend getting the break with a forehand return winner.
The tiebreaker was close, with Fanning and Kontaveit leading 4-3, but Townsend and Andrews again came through when it mattered most, claiming the last four points and the match.
"I think we have a second wind when it comes to tiebreakers," Townsend said. "I don't know why, but she and I play amazing in tiebreakers, so that's an advantage."
"We focus more on every point and know that it counts," said Andrews.
"We should do that in the set," said Townsend, laughing.
In their quarterfinal match against Camilla Rosatello of Italy and Ipek Soylu of Turkey, Andrews and Townsend again stepped up in the final few points, with Andrews delivering a second serve winner on their first match point to earn a spot in the semifinals.
"My thing is I would like to go a step ahead in every tournament," said Andrews. "So if we made the finals last year, we'll need to do better in the finals."
After nearly five months of not playing together, Andrews and Townsend are still rounding into form.
"We definitely need to go out on the practice court tomorrow nice and early and work on a few things," said Townsend, who could play two singles matches on Thursday. "It's just kind of getting a groove. These courts are a lot different than the ones at Flushing."
Andrews and Townsend will play top seeds Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan and Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, who barely squeezed by in their two matches, needing to win second sets and match tiebreakers in both.
The other girls semifinal will feature No. 2 seeds Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Petra Uberalova of Slovakia against No. 8 seeds Antonia Lottner of Germany and Kathinka Von Deichmann of Lichtenstein. Bencic and Uberalova received a walkover in the second round, when Barbara Haas was unable to compete due to illiness, and they defeated the Canadian team of Erin Routliffe and Carol Zhao 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Lottner and Von Deichmann upset No. 3 seeds Francoise Abanda of Canada and Sachia Vickery 6-2, 1-6, 11-9.
The boys semifinals will see the Australian No. 6 seeds Nick Kyrgios, the Wimbledon boys doubles champion, and Jordan Thompson against the No. 5 seeded German team of Maximilian Marterer and Daniel Masur. Kyrgios and Thompson defeated unseeded Luke Bambridge and Liam Broady 6-4, 7-6(3) in the quarterfinals. Bambridge and Broady had taken out top seeds Filip Peliwo of Canada and Kaichi Uchida of Japan 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
Marterer and Masur downed the unseeded team of Lucas Gomez of Mexico and Thai Kwiatkowski 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
The other boys semfinal is between the unseeded team of Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and Jorge Panta Herreros of Peru and No. 8 seeds Kyle Edmund of Great Britain and Frederico Silva of Portugal.
Nishioka and Panta Herreros took their second round match from Noah Rubin and Alexios Halebian 6-4, 6-7(10), 10-8 and won an even more exciting 2-6, 6-3, 12-10 decision from unseeded Evan Hoyt and Joshua Ward-Hibbert of Great Britain in the quarterfinals. Nishioka and Panta Herreros were down match point at 10-9 in the tiebreaker with Ward-Hibbert serving, which is not a good position to be in, but the big serving Ward-Hibbert double faulted when his second serve clipped the netcord. He didn't get a first serve in on the next point, and Hoyt missed a volley, giving Nishioka and Panta Herreros their first match point. After a long rally, Nishioka hit a lob winner that had so much topspin that Hoyt couldn't come close to tracking it down before it veered into the back curtain.
Edmund and Silva advanced by beating No. 2 seeds Mitchell Krueger and Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Doubles results can be found at the ITF junior website.
There are no doubles scheduled for Thursday, but if the weather is good as expected, two round of singles will be played. See the tournament website for Thursday's schedule.