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Saturday, October 26, 2013

King's Commitment to Georgia; Mmoh in Osaka Grade A Final; Porter and Kenin Face Off for USTA Clay Court Invitational Title

Hannah King has had more than her share of serious injuries the past two years, but she says she is 100 percent now. Originally set to attend Duke, King recently committed to the University of Georgia for next fall. For more on her comeback from two shoulder operations and her decision to play for Georgia, see my article for the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Last night I reported that Katrine Steffensen and Michael Mmoh had reached the quarterfinals of the ITF Grade A Osaka Mayor's Bowl in Japan. Both also made the semifinals today, but due to the typhoon that hit Japan, they were required to play both quarterfinals and semifinals today. Mmoh won both his matches, but Steffensen, the No. 9 seed, lost to Ivana Jorovic of Serbia in the semifinals 6-2, 6-1.  Jorovic, seeded No. 4, will play top seed Varvara Flink of Russia in the girls final. Mmoh, seeded No. 2, defeated No. 6 seed Harry Bourchier of Australia 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals and still had enough energy to take out unseeded Sora Fukuda of Japan 6-3, 6-1 later in the day.  Mmoh will face No. 14 seed Jumpei Yamasaki of Japan in the first Grade A final for both the 15-year-old Mmoh and the 16-year-old Yamasaki.  Mmoh is also still in the doubles, which are only as far as the semifinals.

For more on Saturday's action at the Osaka Mayor's Cup, see this article from the ITF junior website.

At the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney, two USTA girls will meet for the title Sunday.  Seventeen-year-old Peggy Porter defeated future teammate Kourtney Keegan(9-16) of Florida 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday's semifinal, while 14-year-old Sofia Kenin outlasted Oklahoma State's Megan McCray(9-16) 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-3.

The men's semifinals which will be played on Sunday, followed by the finals, feature three collegians and one junior. Southern Cal's Roberto Quiroz, the top seed, will face teammate Max de Vroome, a 9-16 seed, in the top half, with host Florida State's unseeded Cristian Gonzalez Mendez taking on Duke recruit Martin Redlicki in the bottom half. Redlicki advanced with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over fellow USTA junior Kalman Boyd.

If you have access to WatchESPN, you can live stream the singles and doubles finals from 10 a.m. EDT. The men's semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m., so I'm not sure how much if any of those matches will be shown.

For complete draws, see the Florida State website.