Klahn Through to Second Round at US Open; Junior Champions Debut on Tuesday; Blake Retires; Wild Card Update
There were mixed results for the 14 Americans in action Monday as the US Open got underway in New York.
Lauren Davis never got on track against No. 18 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, losing 6-0, 6-0, but No. 23 seed Jamie Hampton posted a straightforward 6-4, 6-2 win over another Spaniard, Lara Arruabarrena. CoCo Vandeweghe defeated fellow qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6(5), while veterans Venus Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands got impressive straight-set victories. No. 15 seed Sloane Stephens struggled but got past Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).
|Bradley Klahn at 2012 NCAA Championships|
Shelby Rogers, who received a wild card based on her results in the Challengers this summer, fell to 2011 US Open girls finalist Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-2. Aside from perhaps Davis, the day's most difficult loss for a young American was that of Rhyne Williams, who was up two sets to one and two breaks at 4-1 in the fourth, but ended up losing to Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 in a match that lasted nearly three and a half hours.
Madison Keys, who withdrew with an injury from qualifying at the Rogers Cup, lost to No. 9 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4.
The young Australians split their openers, with 17-year-old Ashleigh Barty outclassing Estrella Cabez Candela of Spain 6-1, 6-4 to post her second main draw slam win (she won a round at the French, also as a reciprocal wild card). World Junior No. 1 Nick Kyrgios, who qualified into the main draw, was eliminated by No. 4 seed David Ferrer today 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.
Tuesday's schedule will feature the USTA National junior champions, with Collin Altamirano's first round match against No. 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany first on at 11 a.m. on televised court 11. To watch the match, go to usopen.org and click on the WATCH LIVE button at the top of the home page, which takes you to the index of the six televised courts. Sachia Vickery's match against qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia is third on court 7, which unfortunately is not a televised court. NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs is on second on Court 4, also not a televised court, against Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
James Blake announced today that he would be retiring after this year's US Open. Blake, who played here in Kalamazoo, reaching the finals of the 18s in 1997, won both the ITA All-American and Indoor singles titles while at Harvard, leaving school after his sophomore year for the professional tour. Blake has always been vocal in his support of college tennis, advocating it for the vast majority of juniors. For more on Blake's retirement, see this article from usopen.org.
According to the USTA, the final boys main draw wild card has been awarded to Ernesto Escobedo. The last girls qualifying wild card is still to be determined.
USC women's associate head coach West Nott has posted on Facebook that Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian received wild cards into the mixed doubles draw, with Santamaria partnering Jarmere Jenkins and Christian playing with Dennis Novikov.