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Friday, July 15, 2016

Wimbledon Junior Recap; Masarova Advances to WTA Quarterfinals in Gstaad; Bellis into Stockton Semifinals; Di Lorenzo, Yurovsky Move On in Winnipeg

My recap of the Wimbledon Junior Championships is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with emphasis on the singles and doubles finals.  Read about the wacky ending to the girls final, the comeback of Shapovalov in the boys final, the first girls doubles title featuring two players from the US since 1989 and a first Wimbledon junior title for Greece and Estonia in the boys doubles here.  Shapovalov, who will be making his ATP debut in Washington DC next week, also received a main draw wild card at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, a Masters-level event in two weeks.  For more on Shapovalov's week since returning home to Canada, see this article from SportsNet.

French Open girls champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland followed up her first round win over No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in Gstaad Thursday with her second WTA victory, beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia today 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2. Because of rain, both the quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, with the 16-year-old playing No. 5 seed Annika Beck of Germany in the quarterfinals.

CiCi Bellis has advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000 Stockton Challenger with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Arina Rodionova of Australia. Bellis, who is unseeded, will play No. 3 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium Saturday.  Van Uytvanck defeated Jamie Loeb 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.  Robin Anderson fell to Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia 6-4, 7-5. Pivovarova will play Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portgual, with both players unseeded.  Anderson and Maegan Manasse advanced to the doubles final via a walkover from top seeds Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammad.

Three qualifiers have reached the semifinals at the $25,000 ITF Women's event in Winnipeg, all of them collegians. Francesca Di Lorenzo(Ohio State) led Harriet Dart of Great Britain 6-3, 4-2 when Dart retired. The 18-year-old, who reached the semifinals of a $25K in South Carolina last month, will play unseeded Olivia Rogowska of Australia next.  Canadian Erin Routliffe(Alabama) defeated Michika Ozeki of Japan 6-4, 6-3 to advance to a semifinal meeting with Ronit Yurovsky(Michigan).  For Yurovsky, who just completed her eligibility, these are her first three wins at the $25,000 level. She defeated Miharu Imanishi of Japan 6-4, 7-5 in today's quarterfinal.

Daniel Nguyen, the only American to reach the quarterfinals of the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Winnipeg, lost to No. 5 seed Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3.

At the ATP International Hall of Fame tournament, Donald Young, seeded eighth, defeated top seed Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of an ATP grass court tournament for the first time.  For more on Young's win, see the ATP website.