Rubin, Gordon Advance in Wimbledon Junior Qualifying; US Women Have Good Day at Wimbledon; USTA Clay Court Wild Cards; Altamirano and Donaldson Meet in 2013 Kalamazoo Final Rematch
CiCi Bellis and Taylor Fritz lost today in the semifinals at the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, the warmup tournament for the Wimbledon Junior Championships, which begin on Saturday. Bellis, the top seed, fell to No. 5 seed Kristina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2, while the unseeded Fritz was beaten by top seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Schmiedlova will meet unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in Friday's final, with Rublev's opponent No. 6 seed Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France.
For complete draws see the LTA website's home page.
The first round of qualifying for the Wimbledon Junior Championships was completed at Roehampton today, with Noah Rubin and Michaela Gordon advanced to the the second and final qualifying round. Rubin, the top seed, beat Mateusz Terczynski of Poland 6-2, 6-3 and No. 5 seed Gordon, playing her first match on grass this season, defeated Morgane Michiels of Belgium 6-1, 6-2. No 11 seed Raquel Pedraza, the other US player in qualifying, lost to Mirabelle Njoze of Great Britain 6-2, 6-4.
The draws and Friday's order of play can also be found at the LTA website.
John Isner is the last US man standing in the men's singles draw at Wimbledon, with Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Denis Kudla all losing their second round matches today. The news for the US women was much better, with Madison Keys, Serena Williams and Alison Riske joining Lauren Davis and Venus Williams in the round of 32. Vicky Duval's second round match with 2013 ITF junior champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland had to be rescheduled for Friday due to evening rain at Wimbledon.
Nineteen-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, the only teenager in the ATP Top 200, saved nine match points today to defeat No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet of France 10-8 in the fifth set and will play another former ITF world No. 1 junior, Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in the third round.
Complete draws can be found at the Wimbledon website.
Lisa Stone at the Parenting Aces blog has posted the names of the wild cards for the USTA Clay Courts next month. I would be willing to bet that all eight wild cards WILL be used for the Kalamazoo 18s this year.
Two players who will need them--last year's finalist Jared Donaldson and winner Collin Altamirano--will meet again tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the $15,000 Futures in Oklahoma City.