Top Seeds Redlicki, Shishkina Lose in ITF Daytona Beach Quarterfinals; All Four US Teams Qualify for ITF World Team Competitions; Rogers Wins French Wild Card; NCAA Suspends Recruiting Rule Changes
The singles quarterfinals and semifinals of the ITF Grade 4, which started in Daytona Beach but was moved to Boca Raton yesterday due to rain, were both played today, and neither top seed made it past their morning match. Christian Langmo, seeded No. 10, beat top seed Martin Redlicki 7-6(3), 7-6(8), then advanced to Sunday's final with a 6-4, 7-5 win over No. 16 seed Aron Pierce. Top girls seed Maria Shishkina fell to No. 7 seed Jenna Friedel 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Friedel then lost in the semifinals to No. 3 seed Marie Norris 6-3, 6-1.
Langmo will face doubles partner and No. 2 seed Alex Rybakov in the boys final, while Norris takes on unseeded 14-year-old Sofia Kenin. Kenin advanced to the final when No. 4 seed Alexandra Morozova retired down 3-6 6-1 4-0.
Langmo and Rybakov, the top seeds, will meet No. 2 seeds Tommy Paul and Pierce in the doubles final Sunday afternoon. The girls doubles final will feature unseeded Caroline Dolehide and Abigail Chiu against Sabrina Faybyshev of the United States and Yolimar Ogando of Puerto Rico, also unseeded. Complete draws and Sunday's order of play is here.
The US teams in the North/Central America and Caribbean ITF Team qualifying in Montreal all won today, meaning all four teams will compete in the 16-team fields in the 14-and-under and 16-and-under world team competitions later this summer. The boys 14-and-under team defeated Canada 2-1 to win their round robin group, and the Junior Fed Cup team also beat Canada to earn their spot in the finals. The Junior Davis Cup team also went 3-0, with the only team not winning their round robin group, the 14-and-under girls, still qualifying after taking their match today and finishing second in their group. The ITF junior website has an article on the US teams, which also includes a link to the results of the three-day competition.
Shelby Rogers was awarded the USTA's French Open wild card today when Alison Riske lost in the semifinals of the $50,000 Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. tournament. Riske, who fell to unseeded Dia Evtimova of Bulgaria 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1, had to win the tournament to catch Rogers, who won last week's tournament in Charlottesville. The women's final rankings are below:
The NCAA announced on Thursday that its board had decided to suspend the recently introduced recruiting rules that allowed more contact with recruits and at earlier stages of the process. The issue is not necessarily going away, but will undergo further review after the board received a large number of complaints and objections to the new proposal. The complete release is here.