Nine Seeds Fall in First Round at ITF Grade 1 Hard Courts; 29 Americans in US Open Qualifying; Jorovic Loses Opening Round at Youth Olympic Games
©Colette Lewis 2014--
College Park, MD--
I arrived at the Junior Tennis Champions Tennis Center in College Park this afternoon in time to catch quite a few first round singles matches, but I missed most of the upsets, either because they were early matches or were at the second site at the University of Maryland.
No. 4 seed Evgeniya Levashova of Russia was beaten by Ellyse Hamlin 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and No. 8 seed Vera Lapko of Belarus lost to Ingrid Neel 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. (If I don't reference a player's country, they are from the US). Jessica Ho, the No. 6 seed, retired after losing the first set to qualifier Jessica Livianu. Two upsets I did see were Andie Daniell's 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over No. 10 seed Olivia Hauger and Jessica Golovin's 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over No. 15 seed Emilie Francati of Denmark.
No. 5 seed Nicolae Frunza of Romania lost to qualifier Kyle Seelig 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 and No. 6 seed Pedro Iamachkine of Peru was beaten by Reilly Opelka 6-4, 7-6(3). No. 12 seed Jake Delaney of Australia went out to Jack Barber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Tommy Paul defeated No. 15 seed Teeradon Tortrakul of Thailand 6-3, 6-4.
Top boys seed Michael Mmoh won his first round match over Emil Reinberg 7-6(1), 6-4 and top girls seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia got though a tough first round, beating Kelly Chen 6-1, 6-4.
The viewing is excellent for all eight courts at the JTCC, and there are name cards on court identifying every player and their country. But matches are not chaired at this stage, and after four months of watching only chaired matches at the NCAAs, Wimbledon, the Clay Courts and Kalamazoo, I'd forgotten just how contentious player line calling can be, and how much time is spent arguing about calls and seeking out a roving umpire.
Another surprise was the sheer number of college coaches at the tournament. I had expected most would wrap up their recruiting at the National championships two weeks ago, or at least take a break before the US Open junior qualifying, but that certainly didn't seem to be the case, with many major schools represented on site today.
Two sites will still be used on Tuesday, with the start of doubles play again requiring additional courts. For complete results and the order of play for Tuesday, see the tournament website.
The draws for the US Open qualifying, which begins on Tuesday, are out.
There are 14 US men and 15 US women hoping to win three matches and one of 16 places in the main draw. The 14 US men are:
Five of the above are in action on Tuesday, with Escobedo playing No. 24 seed Somdev Devvarman(UVA), Buchanan facing top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, and Sandgren, who is back after hip surgery, meeting No. 10 seed Peter Polansky of Canada. Russell plays Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain and Kuznetsov faces Taro Daniel of Japan.
The 15 US women are:
Tornado Alicia Black(WC)
Caitlin Whoriskey(WC, won US Open National Playoffs, along with Sanam Singh(UVA), who won the men's qualifying wild card)
Nine women are on Tuesday's schedule, with Falconi playing Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, Stewart facing Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine, Boserup meeting Tatjana Maria of Germany, Chirico against Maria Irigoyen of Argentina and Black against Naomi Broady of Great Britain. Pera faces No. 13 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, Kiick plays Paula Kania of Poland, Vickery meets Arina Rodionova of Australia and Sanchez plays Erika Sema of Japan.
Tuesday's order of play is here. Draws are here.
The first round of the girls singles at the ITF Grade A Youth Olympic Games in China produced a major surprise, with top seed and world No. 1 Ivana Jorovic of Serbia going out to Simona Heinova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6(3). Sofia Kenin, the sole US representative in the girls draw, lost her first round match to Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus, the No. 8 seed, 6-2, 7-6(4). Alex Rybakov and his partner Luis Valero of Colombia lost in the first round of doubles to No. 4 seeds Francisco Bahamonde and Matias Zukas 7-6(8), 6-3.