Tuesday, July 26, 2016

USA Teams Named for ITF World Junior Tennis Competiton; Shapovalov Defeats Kyrgios in Toronto; Tsitsipas, Anshba Win European Championships; New Balance High School Championships Underway

The three boys and three girls who will represent the United States in the ITF World Junior Tennis 14-and-under team competition in the Czech Republic next month have been selected.  Two USTA Clay Court champions will compete on the red clay in Prostejov August 1-6: 16s girls champion Alexa Noel and 14s boys champion Zane Khan.

Clays runnerup Faris Khan will join his twin brother on the boys team, as will Les Petits As champion Stefan Leustian, who finished third at the recently completed Clay Court championships.  Eric Nunez will coach the team of 14-year-olds.

The girls team will feature Noel, who will turn 14 in September, and 14-year-olds Whitney Osuigwe and Vanessa Ong.  Ong lost 7-6 in the third to Noel in the quarterfinals of the Clays, while Osuigwe made the quarterfinals of last week's $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Evansville, losing to eventual champion Kennedy Shaffer.  Jean Desdunes will coach the girls. 

Last night at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Wimbledon boys champion Denis Shapovalov won the first main draw ATP match of his career, beating No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3.  The 17-year-old left-hander had made his ATP debut as a wild card last week in Washington, falling in three sets to Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.  Shapovalov will play Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in a Wednesday night match.  For more on Shapovalov's win over Kyrgios, see the ATP website.

Plenty of US men advanced to the second round at the Toronto Masters including qualifiers Dennis Novikov, Jared Donaldson and Ryan Harrison, Donald Young, Rajeev Ram, Sam Querrey, No. 16 seed Jack Sock and No. 9 seed John Isner.

The European Championships, an ITF Grade B1 tournament, ended Sunday in Switzerland, with Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russia's Amina Anshba taking the titles.  Tsitsipas, the top seed, defeated unseeded Corentin Moutet of France 7-6(7), 5-3 retired in the final, while No. 3 seed Anshba beat top seed Olesya Pervushina of Russia 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.   The girls doubles title went to No. 11 seeds Astrid Brune Olsen and Malene Helgo of Norway, who beat Italians Federica Bilardo and Tatiana Pieri, seeded No. 5, 6-4, 7-5 in the final. The Polish team of Piotr Matuszewski and Kacper Zuk, seeded No. 2, won the boys doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 seeds Artem Dubrivnyy and Pavel Kotov of Russia. 

In the 16s, No. 2 seed Olga Danilovic of Serbia defeated top seed Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-3, 6-1 for the girls title and two unseeded Spaniards met in the boys final, with Carola Sanchez Jover beating Rafael Izquierdo Luque 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.

In the 14s, both No. 1 seeds took the singles titles. Dalibor Svrcina of the Czech Republic beat unseeded Lorenzo Musetti of Italy 7-6(6), 6-3 to take the boys title and Helene Pellicano of Malta won the girls title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 4 seed Denisa Hindova of the Czech Republic.

Complete draws can be found on the Tennis Europe website.

The New Balance High School tournament is underway at Harvard University, with the quarterfinals set for Wednesday.  Top seeds Drew Singerman of Kentucky and Chambers Easterling of South Carolina have advanced, as have all top eight seeds in the girls draw, including two-time finalist and No. 1 seed Jenna Moustafa of California. Draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

Keegan Smith and Olivia Rohrbacher won titles last year.