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Friday, October 9, 2015

Semis Set at Women's All-American Championships, Top Two Seeds Fall in Men's All-Americans; Santamaria, Gibbs in Kirkland $50K Semis; Fritz Reaches Sacramento Challenger Semis

The ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships played two rounds today in Pacific Palisades, California, with Saturday's semifinals featuring two seeds--No. 7 Danielle Collins of Virginia and No. 3 Maegan Manasse of Cal--and two unseeded players--qualifier Ellen Perez of Georgia and Sinead Lohan of Miami.

Collins, who won the Oracle Masters last month in Malibu, defeated Caroline Doyle in the second round and top seed Brooke Austin of Florida 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, dominating this week just as she did in the early rounds at the Masters.  But in the semifinals there, she ran into Manasse, and the two had a classic, with Collins coming through by a score of 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, and their match Saturday should be another good one.

Perez, a big-hitting sophomore, defeated Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo in the second round and Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan in the quarterfinals. She will play Lohan, who upset No. 2 seed Julia Elbaba in the first round Thursday and kept rolling with wins over Rachel Pierson of Texas A&M and Taylor Davidson of Stanford.

Both Manasse and Perez are also in the doubles semifinals.  For complete results from today, see the ITA tournament page.

The top two seeds lost today in Tulsa, where the Men's All-American tournament's second round was played almost entirely indoors due to rain.  Qualifier Marko Krickovic of Auburn defeated top seed Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, and much later in the day, Aron Hiltzik of Illinois defeated No. 2 seed Nicolas Alvarez of Duke 7-5, 7-5.   Other seeds to lose were No. 6 seed Roberto Cid of South Florida, who fell to qualifier Konrad Zieba of Northwestern 6-1, 6-2; No. 8 seed Wayne Montgomery of Georgia who lost to Uros Petronijevic of San Diego 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3; No. 9 seed Orel Ram-Harel of Tulsa, who was beaten by Christopher Diaz of Ohio State 7-5, 6-1, and Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech, who fell to Florian Lakat of Cal 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Hugo Di Feo of Ohio State is one of three qualifiers and the sole freshman in the round of 16 after his 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0 win over Diogo Rocha of Denver.

The four top seeds in doubles have been eliminated, with just two 5-8 seeds remaining in the quarterfinals, along with three teams that qualified.

Complete results can be found at the ITA tournament page. Bobby Knight has more on individual matches at College Tennis Today.

At the $50,000 Kirkland, Washington women's Pro Circuit event, 2015 USC graduate Sabrina Santamaria continued her impressive results. A qualifier ranked 814, Santamaria defeated top seed and WTA 131 Sachia Vickery 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to advance to her first semifinal in an ITF Women's Circuit event above the $10,000 level.  She will play fellow 22-year-old Nicole Gibbs, the No. 3 seed, who defeated Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-2.  Santamaria and Gibbs, Pac-12 rivals when Gibbs was at Stanford, split their two matches in dual matches back in 2013, when both were playing No. 1 for their teams.  The other semifinal will feature Mandy Minella of Luxembourg and Antonia Lottner of Germany.

US Open boys champion Taylor Fritz reached the semifinals of the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger today, defeating qualifier Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-4.  Fritz, playing in just his second Challenger, is now on a nine match winning streak including his six wins in New York.  He will play wild card Matt Reid of Australia, who defeated qualifier Nick Meister 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4.  Top seed Denis Kudla, who has not dropped a set all week, moved into the semis with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany's Daniel Brands.  He will play No. 7 seed Jared Donaldson, who took out Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-1. Live streaming, plus replays, are available here.

At the $15,000 Mansfield Futures, No. 4 Michael Mmoh is the only seed in the semifinals. Mmoh will play TCU sophomore qualifier Cameron Norrie, who beat top seed Liam Brody of Great Britain 6-3, 6-3.  Mmoh advanced past Lucas Gomez of Mexico by the same score.  2012 Kalamazoo finalist Alexios Halebian will play Aleksandar Vukic, the Illinois sophomore, who beat No. 6 seed Nik Scholtz 6-2, 6-3. Halebian defeated TCU graduate Nick Chappell 7-6(2), 6-2.

In the $10,000 Hilton Head semifinals, two 17-year-old Americans will face each other, with top seed Alexa Graham trying to stop the run of qualifier Makenna Jones. Jones, a senior who has verbally committed to Alabama, is the daughter of former touring pros Kelly Jones (now the men's coach at Furman) and Tammi Whitlinger-Jones. Jones, who had never won a main draw match in an ITF Pro Circuit event (although she did qualify for a $25,000 tournament in April), has now won six matches since last Saturday, three in qualifying and three in the main draw.  The other semifinal will be between No. 2 seed Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway and unseeded Alexandra Perper of Moldova.