US Girls Advance to Junior Fed Cup Semifinals, US Boys Lose to Japan; Blackman on Sports Illustrated Tennis Podcast; UCLA's McDonald Reaches Tiburon Challenger Quarterfinals
Two countries--Canada and Russia--still have an opportunity to sweep the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup titles this weekend in Madrid, but the United States, which did it last year, is not among them.
The US girls, the No. 2 seeds, are still in contention for a second straight title, after defeating No. 6 seed Spain 3-0, with Michaela Gordon and Claire Liu posting singles victories to clinch the Americans' spot in the semifinals. They will play Russia on Friday, with the No. 3 seeds defeating No. 8 seed Brazil 3-0.
The other girls semifinal will feature top seeds the Czech Republic, who beat No. 5 Australia 2-1, and No. 4 seed Canada, who defeated unseeded Japan 3-0.
In Junior Davis Cup, the top half went as projected, with No. 1 Canada, a 3-0 winner over the No. 7 seeds the Czech Republic, meeting No. 4 seed Russia, who defeated No. 6 seed Argentina 2-1.
The bottom half semifinal is more surprising, with No. 8 seed Japan taking on No. 5 seed Germany.
The US boys, who won two difficult ties to start the competition, couldn't overcome the hamstring injury to Sam Riffice on Wednesday. Patrick Kypson and Vasil Kirkov both lost their singles matches, putting Japan in the semifinals before the doubles point, also won by Japan, was played.
Germany was expected to contend for the boys championship after winning the ITF World Junior Tennis 14-and-under title last year, but when Rudolf Molleker did not make the trip, their chances appeared to take a hit, and they were seeded No. 5. But Nicola Kuhn, like Molleker just 15 years old, stepped in to the No. 1 spot and has dominated, losing just four game in his first two matches, then beating US Open semifinalist Alex De Minaur of No. 2 seed Australia 6-3, 6-2 today, clinching the tie with the Germans' second point. At 97, Kuhn is a full 70 spots lower in the ITF junior rankings than De Minaur, but he dominated today.
The US boys will play Australia on Friday in the 5-8 playoff.
Live streaming of selected matches is available here. Live scoring is here.
Complete results below:
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Destanee Aiava/Seone Mendez (AUS) 63 64
Maria Lourdes Carle (ARG) d. Isolde de Jong (NED) 36 75 64
Paula Baranano/Maria Lourdes Carle (ARG) d. Isolde de Jong/Suzan Lamens (NED) 75 46 61
Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Kimika Sakata (JPN) 62 63
Bianca Andreescu/Vanessa Wong (CAN) d. Ayumi Miyamoto/Kimika Sakata (JPN) 63 61
Katie Swan (GBR) d. Emiliana Arango (COL) 64 75
Ali Collins/Katie Swan (GBR) d. Emiliana Arango/Sofia Munera (COL) 61 63
Olesya Pervushina (RUS) d. Thaisa Pedretti (BRA) 26 64 62
Evgeniya Levashova/Elena Rybakina (RUS) d. Marcelle Cirino/Nathalia Gasparin (BRA) 63 60
Federica Bilardo (ITA) d. Lee Yang (TPE) 62 63
Monica Cappelletti/Tatiana Pieri (ITA) d. Chen Pei Hsuan/Lee Yang (TPE) 57 62 62
Claire Liu (USA) d. Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) 64 62
Kayla Day/Claire Liu (USA) d. Noelia Bouzo Zanotti/Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) 61 60
Nina Paripovich (NZL) d. Dalila Said (EGY) 36 75 63
Lauren Alter/Valentina Ivanov (NZL) d. Laila Elnimr/Dalila Said (EGY) 67(5) 75 75
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) d. Patrik Rikl (CZE) 64 16 4-3 ret.
Denis Shapovalov/Benjamin Sigouin (CAN) d. Daniel Velek/Michael Vrbensky (CZE) 76(2) 36 62
Kacper Zuk (POL) d. Lam Ching (HKG) 62 64
Cheung Ngai Long/Lam Ching (HKG) d. Konrad Fryze/Daniel Michalski (POL) 63 36 75
Hsu Tyu Hsiou (TPE) d. Karl Friberg (SWE) 61 62
Hsu Tyu Hsiou/Yu Hua Chen (TPE) d. Linus Bergevi/Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) 75 75
Toru Horie (JPN) d. Vasil Kirkov (USA) 76(4) 64
Yuta Shimizu/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) d. Vasil Kirkov/Patrick Kypson (USA) 76(5) 64
Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) 62 64
Gabriel Decamps/Enzo Kohn (BRA) d. Alejandro Davidovich Fukina/Andres Fernandez Canovas (ESP) 75 46 62
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 63 62
Alex de Minaur/Blake Ellis (AUS) d. Marvin Moeller/Maximilian Todorov (GER) 67(7) 75 61
Sergio Hernandez (COL) d. Richard Thongoana (RSA) 64 60
Alejandro Hoyos/Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Albertus Kruger/Richard Thongoana (RSA) 06 62 62