Thursday, October 2, 2014

Qualifier Manasse Upsets Top Seed and Defending Champion Jamie Loeb in Opening Round of All-American Championships; Donaldson Reaches Sacramento Challenger Quarterfinals

Qualifiers had a good day at the Women's ITA Riviera All-American Championships, with five of them advancing to the second round, and three of them defeating seeds.

The most surprising result came from Maegan Manasse of Cal, who defeated top seed and defending champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.  Florida freshman Brooke Austin took out No. 4 seed and 2012 finalist Julia Elbaba of Virginia 7-6(6), 2-6, 7-5 and Saska Gavrilovska of Texas A&M beat 2014 NCAA finalist Lynn Chi of Cal 6-3, 7-6(5).  With additional wins by Caroline Doyle of Stanford and Klara Fabikova of Cal, nearly a third of the remaining players are qualifiers.

For complete results, see the ITA tournament hub page.

At the men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, rain led to indoor play for the first round, with doubles matches scheduled as late as 8:30 p.m., but the singles have been completed. 

Four seeds lost, three 9-16 seeds and the No. 8 seed Harrison Adams of Texas A&M, but, although tested, top seed Julian Lenz of Baylor and No. 3 seed Axel Alvarez Llamas of Oklahoma did survive.  Lenz defeated qualifier Piotor Lomacki of Miami 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Alvarez Llamas got by qualifier Adrien Berkowicz of Texas 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.  No. 2 seed Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal defeated Florian Lakat of Mississippi State 6-2, 6-4. 

Adams was beaten by qualifier Jonny Wang of Southern Cal  6-3, 6-3. Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA (9-16) lost to Leandro Toledo of Minnesota 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; New Mexico's Samir Iftikhar defeated Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini (9-16) and Nick Chappell of TCU ousted Oklahoma's Dane Webb(9-16). 

Five men's qualifiers plus a lucky loser made it to the second round, but all four pre qualifiers--AJ Catanzariti, Jonathan Ho, Tomas Stillman and Jack Murray--saw their tournament end.   Qualifiers to advance were Thai Kwiatkowski of Virginia, Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame, Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville, Dominik Koepfer of Tulane and Nicolas Alvarez of Duke. Andreas Bjerreus of Virginia Tech was the lucky loser into the second round.

For complete results, see the ITA tournament hubpage.

At the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger, Jared Donaldson won his second round match, defeating Luca Vanni of Italy 7-6(3), 7-6(5).  He will play top seed Sam Querrey in Friday's quarterfinals.  In the other quarterfinals, Tim Smyczek(2) faces Denis Kudla(5), Stefan Kozlov meets Rhyne Williams and Bjorn Fratangelo takes on John Millman of Australia.  Updated draws can be found here.