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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships Wild Cards; Good Day for Americans at Miami Open; Pro Circuit Update

The wild cards for next week's International Spring Championships in Carson are listed below. For my look back at the 10 years of the tournament, see this article at the Tennis Recruiting Network.  The 18s acceptance lists can be viewed here.  The 16s acceptance lists can be found at the tournament's website.

Boys ITF

Main Draw:
Jake DeVine
John McNally
JJ Wolf
Jake Van Emburgh
Patrick Kypson

Jacob Brumm

Main Draw:

Blake Croyder

Girls ITF

Main Draw:
Carson Branstine
Morgan Coppoc
Jessica Failla
Caty McNally
Ena Shibihara
Rachel Lim
Amanda Anisimova

Ashley Lahey

Main Draw:
Kacie Harvey
Lea Ma
Alexa Noel

Amy Huang
Elizabeth Isayev
Lauren Panjatovic
Laura Sanders
Although three more Americans have yet to play today, it's already shaping up to be a good day for the US at the Miami Open.

CiCi Bellis and Madison Brengle picked up main draw wins on Tuesday, and today Donald Young, Jack Sock, Tim Smyczek, Austin Krajicek, Christina McHale and Alison Riske followed suit, with Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens and Lauren Davis yet to complete their matches.

Also of note, 18-year-old wild card Hyeon Chung of Korea won his first ATP main draw match, defeating 50th-ranked Spanish veteran Marcel Granollers 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.  Chung has won two Challengers and has been rising steadily, with his current ATP ranking 121 after ending last year at 173.  He will face a major challenge in his next match, against No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.  For more on Chung's win, see this ATP article.

At the $25,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Palm Harbor, Florida, four Americans earned first round wins today.  Katerina Stewart beat fellow qualifier Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4, avenging her semifinal loss at the US Open Junior Championships last year.  Qualifier Ellie Halbauer defeated Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6-2, 7-6(6), Allie Kiick posted her first win of the year, beating qualifier Ximena Hermosa of Mexico 6-3, 6-1 and Alexa Glatch, who won her first tournament in three years at last week's $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Mexico, downed Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova 7-6(5), 6-4.

First round action is not yet complete at the $15,000 Calabasas Futures tournament, but 10 Americans have already advanced to the second round: qualifiers Sekou Bangoura, Mackenzie McDonald and Mico Santiago; Jason Jung(6), Mitchell Krueger(8) and Ernesto Escobedo. Those six won today, yesterday No. 2 seed Dennis Novikov, Stefan Kozlov and wild cards Taylor Fritz and Clay Thompson also posted wins.