Wednesday, September 24, 2014

USA's Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup Teams Post 3-0 Wins; Quarterfinals Set at Waco ITF; Lenz, Donaldson Advance to Napa Challenger Quarterfinals; Puetz Upsets Kohlschreiber

The Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup teams from the United States will play for semifinal berths on Thursday in San Luis Potosi Mexico after both posted 3-0 victories over their opponents in the second of three round robin matches. CiCi Bellis, Tornado Alicia Black and Sonya Kenin lost only two games total in three matches against Peru, with Black losing both in her singles match. The top seeds will play No. 6 seed Belarus Thursday, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.

William Blumberg and Michael Mmoh won their singles matches against Bolivia in straight sets, with Mmoh and Gianni Ross completing the sweep with a 6-2, 6-0 win in doubles. The No. 2 seeds play No. 8 Germany on Thursday and will advance to the semifinals with a win.

Except for No. 3 girls seeds France, which is 0-2 after a loss to No. 7 seed Japan today, the top four seeds in each division remain in contention to reach the semifinals.

Complete results from today can be found here.

The Grade 5 ITF tournament in Waco this week, the start of the fall ITF swing in the United States is down to the quarterfinals. Neither of the top seeds are still alive, and as is frequently the case with these lower grades, some unfamiliar names (to me at least) have popped up including 13-year-old Lea Ma and 17-year-old Joshua Sheehy, both unseeded quarterfinalists.

At the $10,000 Pro Circuit women's tournament in Amelia Island, Florida, qualifier Ingrid Neel defeated top seed and WTA No. 368 Nathalia Rossi of Brazil 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second round encounter with fellow 16-year-old Nicole Frenkel, who also qualified.  Frenkel defeated Anastasia Kharchenko of Ukraine 7-6(4), 6-3. Ellie Halbauer, qualifier Jessica Ho and US Open girls champion Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic also posted first round wins today.

At the $50,000 Las Vegas women's tournament, qualifier Ema Burgic of Baylor reached the second round, with the senior from Bosnia defeating WTA No. 170 Gioia Barbieri of Italy 6-4, 6-0.

Jared Donaldson, who will be 18 next month, reached his first Challenger level quarterfinal today with a win over Wayne Odesnik in the $50,000 Napa Challenger.  Donaldson was leading 6-2, 3-1 when Odesnik retired with an ankle injury.  Next up for the 2013 Kalamazoo finalist is Baylor junior Julian Lenz, who defeated qualifier Daniel Nguyen(USC) 7-6(4), 6-2.  The ITA preseason No. 1 is also making his first appearance in a Challenger quarterfinal.

And at the €106,500 Challenger in Orleans France, former Auburn All-American and 2010 NCAA semfinalist Tim Puetz of Germany picked up the biggest win of his career. Puetz, currently at 210 in the ATP rankings, beat No. 24 and top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 7-6(3), 6-1 in the first round today.  Puetz will play another German, Dustin Brown, in Thursday's second round.


Quick Observation said...

It seems that whenever USTA Coach Diego Moyano takes players to a tournament, the results are extremely poor.

He seems to be taking a lot pictures of practice, like he did today with Kudla and Ginepri but both players he was with are already out of the tournament.

He is "touted" and "labeled" as a great coach but has no results to prove it.