April Aces; Asics Easter Bowl Slideshow; USA Rolls on in ITF Junior Team Qualifying; Kirkov into Futures Semifinal; Tiafoe Advances to Tallahassee Challenger Final
Usually my Aces column for the Tennis Recruiting Network is published early in the following month, but with 18 aces for April already, there was no need to include this weekend's results too. Check out the notable performances from the first four weeks of April here.
I finished the slideshow of the singles semifinalists and the doubles finalists from all eight Asics Easter Bowl divisions, which is below. I still have all 16 Easter Bowl videos to process, and currently I don't have an estimate for when I'll be posting those. The link to the album for mobile devices is here.
At the North American qualifying for the ITF Junior Team events, the United States again won all four of its matches, although in the boys 14-and-under event, the USA team needed to win the doubles point to advance over Guatemala. In the girls 14-and-under World Junior Tennis competition, Naomi Cheong and Alexa Noel won singles matches to defeat Mexico. In the Junior Davis Cup, Sebastian Korda and Keenan Mayo won singles matches to defeat the Dominican Republic and in Junior Fed Cup, Caty McNally and Amanda Anisimova surrendered just one game between them in singles against Puerto Rico. Saturday's final day will see the USA play Canada for first place in both the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup, but regardless of the results Saturday, all four US teams have qualified for the 16-team world competitions in August and September.
Complete results can be found at the ITF tournament page.
At the $10,000 Vero Beach Futures, lucky loser Vasil Kirkov continues his run. A win on Thursday put the 17-year-old from Tampa Florida in a Futures quarterfinal for the first time, and now he is into his first semifinal after defeating Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 7-6(5), 6-4. He will play unseeded Martins Podzus of Latvia in Saturday's semifinal. The only seed remaining is No. 3 Denis Shapovalov of Canada, who will play Jonas Luetjen of Germany, a former Ole Miss standout.
At the $50,000 tournament in Charlottesville, the women were required to play two rounds today, with wild card Kayla Day winning her first match 6-2, 6-4 over Jennifer Brady, but falling to Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. The semifinals will see Kostova play wild card Taylor Townsend in the top half, and Grace Min will meet No. 2 seed Anna Tatishvili in the bottom half.
Frances Tiafoe defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 6-4 tonight at the $50,000 Tallahassee Challenger to return to the final for the second straight year. Last night Tiafoe defeated top seed Donald Young 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 for his sixth career ATP Top 100 win. Tiafoe will play 19-year-old Quentin Halys of France for the second time in three weeks in Saturday's final. Halys, who beat Tiafoe twice at the US Open in the Junior Championships, posted a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over the 18-year-old from Maryland in the second round of the Sarasota Challenger.
Tiafoe will be playing in his third Challenger final, having lost in both previous appearances, including last year in Tallahassee to Facundo Arguello of Argentina. Halys will be playing in his first career Challenger final after beating James McGee of Ireland 6-4, 6-1 in today's semifinal.