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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bryde, Lahey Reach Berlin Grade 1 Quarterfinals; Semifinals Friday at Grass Courts; Pro Circuit Update

Ashley Lahey, a finalist at last week's Grade 1 in Offenbach, and No. 7 seed Trent Bryde have advanced to the quarterfinals at this week's Grade 1 in Berlin.  Lahey, who received a special exemption into the main draw this week, defeated No. 10 seed Lara Salden of Belgium 6-1, 7-6(3), in Wednesday's second round, her second win over Salden in the past two weeks.  Today Lahey defeated Loudmilla Bencheikh of France 6-1, 7-6(3) to set up a meeting with German wild card Anica Stabel.

Bryde defeated No. 9 seed Vlad Dancu of Romania 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 today, and will face No. 2 seed Louis Wessels of Germany in Friday's quarterfinals. None of the US juniors in doubles reached the quarterfinals this week.  Live scoring hasn't been great this week, but it is available at Tennis Ticker.

At the Grade 4 International Grass Courts, 14-year-old qualifier Zane Khan defeated top seed Andrew Fenty 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the semifinals, where he'll play No. 3 seed Fletcher Scott.  Unseeded Zummy Bauer will face the only non-American left in either singles draw, unseeded Lleyton Cronje of South Africa.

The girls semifinal in the top half of the draw will feature No. 6 seed Safiya Carrington against wild card Gabby Price, playing in her first ITF event, having turned 13 last Saturday.  Another 13-year-old, unseeded Alexa Noel will play No. 3 seed Alana Smith in the bottom half girls semifinal.

Five teenagers have reached the quarterfinals at the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Sumter South Carolina, including four from the United States: wild card Francesca Di Lorenzo, No. 3 seed CiCi Bellis, Nicole Frenkel and wild card Caroline Dolehide.  Mexico's Renata Zarazua is the fifth teen to reach the quarterfinals. Dolehide, who won the Buffalo $10K two weeks ago as a qualifier, today defeated No. 2 seed and WTA 237 Riko Sawayanagi of Japan, and will play Frenkel in the quarterfinals. Di Lorenzo will face unseeded Jennifer Elie and Bellis faces off against Canadian Carol Zhao.

At the $25,000 Men's Pro Circuit event in Winston-Salem North Carolina, three of the four teenagers in the second round lost, including wild card Dennis Uspensky, No. 4 seed Michael Mmoh and Reilly Opelka. The fourth, 19-year-old rising Georgia sophomore Emil Reinberg. Reinberg, a qualifier, beat No. 8 seed Dennis Nevolo, the former Illinois All-American, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) in a match that lasted 3 hours and 41 minutes.  Reinberg, who earned his first ATP point on Tuesday, will face top seed Sekou Bangoura in the quarterfinals.  A second qualifier reached the quarterfinals, with Rhyne Williams, in his second tournament back after a year-long injury layoff, defeating former Tennessee teammate and No. 3 seed Tennys Sandgren, last week's champion at the Charlottesville Futures, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.  Sandgren had won their two previous Futures encounters last year.

At the $10,000 Futures in Buffalo New York, both teens who had earned their first ATP points on Wednesday--Sebastian Korda and Evan Zhu--were stopped in today's second round.  Korda, the 15-year-old son of Petr Korda, lost to NCAA finalist Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State 6-1, 6-1, while the 17-year-old Zhu was beaten by top seed Gavin van Peperzeel of Australia 7-6(3), 6-4.  Six of the eight quarterfinalists have collegiate ties: Torpegaard of Denmark, Hans Hach of Mexico, Farris Gosea of Great Britain and Americans Nathan Pasha, Winston Lin and Evan King.