Midwest Wins USTA Boys 18s National Team Championships, Girls Team Semifinals Wednesday; More Kalamazoo Withdrawals; Kudla's Parents Take Loss in Stride
The USTA Boys 18s National Team Championships concluded today in Champaign, Illinois, with the Midwest section defeating the Southern section for the title. Texas, the two-time defending champions, lost to Southern Cal in the quarterfinals.
The draw shows the final score as 4-3 for top-seeded Midwest, while the results, in the screenshot below, show Southern winning the doubles point and number six singles, which would make it 5-2. The live scoring wasn't working, which I assume meant rain sent the matches into the Atkins Indoor Tennis Center.
In the semifinals, both teams had 4-3 victories, with Midwest beating No. 4 seed Northern California despite losing at the top three singles positions, while Southern just squeezed by Southern Cal. Both were 5-8 seeds, with Southern responsible for defeating No. 2 seed Florida and Southern Cal beating No. 3 Texas.
The TennisLink site has the results, in the format above, of all the matches, as well as the results for each individual player.
The USTA Girls 18s Team Championships have gone more to form, with the top four seeds reaching Wednesday's semifinals. Top seed Southern will take on defending champion Southern Cal, the No. 3 seed in a rematch of last year's final, while second seed Midwest will meet No. 4 seed Texas.
See the TennisLink site for results from the first two days of competition in Claremont, California.
The Boys 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo have been hit hard by withdrawals, with Thai Kwiatkowski and Spencer Papa dropping out prior to the draw, and three more high-profile players withdrew today. Eighth seed Michael Mmoh, who was to make his Kalamazoo debut, is out with a abdominal injury, while JC Aragone and Christian Langmo, two of the more highly regarded unseeded players, also withdrew.
Speaking of withdrawals, in this Tennis Grandstand interview with Eugenie Bouchard and Taylor Townsend, who won their first round doubles match at the CitiOpen yesterday, Townsend says she may not play the US Open Junior Championships, but is committed to playing the Girls 18s Nationals next week in San Diego. Townsend, who received a wild card into the CitiOpen in singles, lost her first round match to unseeded Monica Niculescu of Romania today 6-3, 6-0.
Yesterday, big-serving Australian qualifier Samuel Groth defeated local wild card Denis Kudla 7-6(2), 6-2, and the Washington Post's Liz Clarke was there with Kudla's parents, brother and friends. She not only chronicles their reactions to the loss, but also delves into the dedication and determination Kudla and his parents displayed when he was a junior contemplating his future as a professional tennis player.