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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July Aces; Midwest Girls Claim USTA Girls 18 National Team Championship; Girls 16 & 18 Nationals Seeds; USA 14U Teams Advance to WJT Semifinals; Opelka Beats Anderson to Reach ATP Quarterfinal in Atlanta

My monthly recap of the top performances by junior players and current and former collegians is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network.  After the July he had, it's no surprise that Canadian Denis Shapovalov leads the 14 competitors featured.

The Midwest section swept the titles at the USTA 18 National Team Championships this year. A day after the unseeded Midwest boys claimed the title in Illinois over Northern California, the Midwest girls defeated Southern 5-2 in Claremont, California.  Michigan's Sara Daavettila, a North Carolina recruit, went undefeated at No. 1 singles for the Midwest, winning all four of her matches in straight sets. Results from today's final are below:

The seeds for the girls San Diego Nationals have been announced and are as follows:

Girls 18s
1. Raveena Kingsley
2. Kayla Day
3. Usue Arconada
4. Caroline Dolehide
5. Claire Liu
6. Amanda Anismova
7. Alexandra Sanford
8. Nicole Frenkel
9. Nicole Coopersmith
9. Michaela Gordon
9. Alexa Graham
9. Taylor Johnson
9. Ashley Kratzer
9. Ann Li
9. Maria Mateas
9. Ingrid Neel
17. Carson Branstine
17. Hanna Chan
17. Kelly Chen
17. Meible Chi
17. Morgan Coppoc
17. Sara Daavettila
17. Ellie Douglas
17. Emma Kurtz
17. Ashley Lahey
17. Samantha Martinelli
17. Kylie McKenzie
17. Caty McNally
17. Amanda Meyer
17. Ena Shibahara
17. Janice Shin
17. Natasha Subhash

Girls 16s
1. Amber O'Dell
2. Angelica Blake
3. Cali Jankowski
4. Nicole Mossmer
5. Marlee Zein
6. Katie Volynets
7. Rachel Lim
8. Chelsea Kung
9. Hailey Baptiste
9. Chloe Beck
9. Andrea Cerdan
9. Briana Crowley
9. Rachel Eason
9. Sedona Gallagher
9. Jayci Goldsmith
9. Hannah Lairmore
17. Anna Brylin
17. Carolyn Campana
17. Salma Ewing
17. Addison Guevara
17. Christina Hand
17. Julia Haynes
17. Ava Hrastar
17. Dasha Kourkina
17. Lea Ma
17. Emma Navarro
17. Peyton Stearns
17. Lauren Stein
17. Jillian Taggart
17. Reilly Tran
17. Anika Yarlagadda
17. Ashley Yeah

The draws have not yet been released but will be available at the TennisLink site.

The United States 14-and-under teams have advanced to the semifinals of the ITF World Junior Tennis team competition, with each winning their round robin group.  The No. 6 seeded boys defeated Uruguay 2-1, with Zane Khan and Stefan Leustian winning another match tiebreaker to claim the deciding doubles point.  They will play No. 3 seed China in Thursday's semifinal.  Top seed Italy was beaten today, so the other boys semifinal will feature No. 5 seed Argentina against No. 7 Korea.  Twin brothers Zane and Faris Khan were featured in this article from the ITF junior website.

The girls had no trouble defeating Korea 3-0, with Alexa Noel and Whitney Osuigwe getting singles wins, then teaming up for a third straight-sets win in doubles.  The No. 2 seeds will face No. 4 seeds Russia, which is a rematch, albeit with completely different players, of last year's champion match.  The other girls semifinal has No. 1 seed Ukraine against No. 3 seed and host the Czech Republic.

Complete results are available at the tournament website.

Today at the BB&T Atlanta Open, wild card Reilly Opelka saved two match points against No. 3 seed Kevin Anderson, coming back from 5-2 down in the final set to beat the former Illinois star, currently 28 in the ATP rankings, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5. The 18-year-old Opelka, the third US teen this year to reach an ATP quarterfinal(Kozlov, Fritz) will play Donald Young on Friday for a place in the semifinals. For more, see this article from the ATP, although it has Opelka's current ranking wrong. He is now ranked 837, with a jump into the 500s coming after his two wins this week in Atlanta.