Second Collegiate Major of Season Begins Thursday at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; Live Streaming at Atlanta ITF; Kozlov, Baughman Advance at Niceville Futures
Flushing Meadows, NY--
The draws, which now include times, are posted at the ITA tournament hub page, with the women's draw going up this morning. Top seed Jamie Loeb of North Carolina plays veteran Florida Gator Sofie Oyen in the opening round at 2 p.m. At 2:30, another excellent first round match will feature men's top seed Patrick Pradella of Baylor against preseason No. 1 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee.
The day begins with doubles, so singles matches are scheduled to go on as late as 7 p.m. Thursday. Unlike last year, when a snow storm hit on top of the mess from Sandy, weather should not cause any issues with players getting to New York for their matches.
College Tennis Online has published a men's tournament preview with predictions on all 16 first round matches.
There will be live scoring and a live chat provided by the USTA staff. Links for those features can be found on the ITA tournament page.
Thanks to someone I follow on twitter, I've learned there is live streaming at the ITF in Atlanta, which has to be a first for a Grade 4 event. The link to the stream can be found at the tournament website under the media tab. The website also has updated draws and the order of play for Thursday's third round. Top seeds CiCi Bellis and Anudeep Kodali have advanced.
In the first round of the $50,000 Challenger in Captiva Island, Florida, today, 18-year-old Allie Kiick defeated No. 3 seed Melanie Oudin 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, and former UNC star Sanaz Marand completed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over top seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, in a match that was suspended by darkness on Tuesday. No. 7 seed Vicky Duval advanced when Jacqueline Cako(Arizona State) retired trailing 6-1, 3-1. Allie Will(Florida), Jessica Pegula and Julia Boserup, who ended Anna Tatishvili's winning streak when the latter retired, were other American winners Wednesday.
At the Knoxville Challenger, qualifier Mitchell Frank, who dropped out of the Indoor to compete in Challengers this week and next, beat Tennessee's Jarryd Chaplin, a wild card, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the second round. Qualifiers Sanam Singh(Virginia) and Kevin King(Georgia Tech) also won their first round matches.
At the Niceville Futures, 17-year-old Deiton Baughman, a qualifier, defeated No. 3 seed Nick Meister(UCLA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the first round, and 15-year-old Stefan Kozlov, also a qualifier, posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 5 seed Ruan Roelofse, the former Illinois player from South Africa.