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Friday, July 17, 2015

My Wimbledon Recap; USTA Clay Court Finals Set; Nedovyesov Tops Kyrgios in Davis Cup; Zhao Wins Pan Am Gold

My recap of the Wimbledon Junior Championships is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Although Sunday was a bit bleak, in general the weather was outstanding, the best I've experienced in my four trips.  And it's always a plus for me when US juniors do well which they certainly did this year: six quarterfinalists and a singles champion and doubles finalist in Reilly Opelka.

Because Wimbledon was a week later this year, I was unable to cover the Girls 18s Clay Courts in Memphis after being there the previous seven years. All finals in the four age divisions are scheduled for Saturday. The results of today's semifinals, with full draws available by clicking the link contained in the age division heading.

Boys 18s:
Sam Riffice(1) def. Nathan Perrone(17) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

Alexandre Rotsaert(17) def. (9) Vasil Kirkov(9)
7-6, 6-1

Girls 18s:

Ellyse Hamlin(6) def. Mia Horvit(5) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Kaitlyn McCarthy(17) def. Meible Chi(8) 6-4, 7-5

Boys 16s:
Aleks Huryn(17) def. Kyrylo Tsygura(6) 6-3, 6-4

Danny Thomas(17) d. Robert Maciag 6-3, 6-3

Girls 16s:
Samantha Martinelli(2) def. Nicole Mossmer(4) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Natasha Subhash(1) def. Hannah Lairmore(3) 6-3, 6-4

Boys 14s:
Jenson Brooksby(4) def. JanMagnus Johnson 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-3
William Grant(7) def. (17) Stefan Leustian(17) 6-1, 6-2

Girls 14s:
Hailey Baptiste(17) def. Victoria Hu(8) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Alexa Noel(1) def.  Alana Wolfberg(4) 6-2, 6-1

Boys 12s:
Saud Alhogbani(12) def. Alexander Bernard(8) 6-4, 6-3
Karl Lee(4) def. Hugo Hashimoto(1) 7-6(4), 6-3

Girls 12s:
Elvina Kalieva(9) def. Ellie Pittman(17) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Charlotte Owensby(1) def. Rachel Arbitman(17) 6-2, 6-3

Davis Cup is underway, and Bobby Knight has all the results involving current and former collegians from World Group to Group III competition at College Tennis Today.  The biggest win for a college player was that of former Oklahoma State star Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan. Nedovyesov defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 to give Kazakhstan a 2-0 lead over the Australians in a World Group quarterfinal in Darwin.

Also playing Davis Cup this week is 16-year-old Hady Habib, who is representing Lebanon in its relegation playoff with Sri Lanka. Habib, currently 91 in the ITF world junior rankings, is a regular on the ITF circuit here in the United States.

Other international tennis competitions concluded today, with gold medals decided at the Pacific Games and the Pan American Games.  Papua New Guinea's Abigail Tere-Apisah, the former Georgia State All-American and 2014 NCAA semifinalist, collected four gold medals, winning singles, doubles, mixed and team events.

At the Pan American Games in Toronto, the women's doubles gold went to the Canadian team of Carol Zhao(Stanford) and Gaby Dabrowski. They defeated the Mexican team of Victoria Rodriguez and Marcela Zacarias 6-1, 4-6, 10-5.  Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia won the singles gold medal, beating Rodriguez 6-4, 6-4.  Monica Puig of Puerto Rico took the bronze with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Lauren Davis.