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Friday, August 19, 2016

Kalamazoo 18s Recap, Slideshow, Videos; Collins, Day Post Top 100 Wins in Connecticut Qualifying; Mmoh, McDonald in Winston-Salem Qualifying

My recap of Michael Mmoh's title at the USTA 18s Nationals in Kalamazoo is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with Rhiannon Potkey providing a summary of Kayla Day's win in the girls 18s here.

The Kalamazoo slide show and videos are below. Google finally made good on their threat to shut down Picasa and the only alternative I could locate for the slideshow today is not ideal.  I was unable to order the slideshow, so all photos are randomly shuffled, and I could not make corrections, additions either, once I titled a photo.  I hope I can find a better alternative, but I may have to return to my old, old system, which I abandoned due to poor photo quality.  For a direct link to the photos from this year's Kalamazoo, click here

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In the first round of qualifying at the WTA's Connecticut Open, wilds cards Danielle Collins and Kayla Day both earned their first WTA Top 100 wins with impressive victories. Two-time and current NCAA champion Collins defeated No. 99 Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-3, while 18s National champion Day beat No. 81 Naomi Broady of Great Britain 6-2, 6-3. Collins and Day will need two more wins to advance to the main draw. The qualifying draw is here.

The qualifying for the ATP's Winston-Salem Open begins on Saturday, with Kalamazoo champion Mmoh in the 16-player draw, along with Mackenzie McDonald, Wake Forest's Skander Mansouri, Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky. Along with McDonald, Wil Spencer and James McGee are the former collegians in the qualifying draw.

Bjorn Fratangelo, Rajeev Ram and Frances Tiafoe all received main draw wild cards; Tiafoe will play Taylor Fritz in a rematch of their BNP Paribas Open meeting in Indian Wells this year, which Tiafoe won.

The Winston-Salem draws can be found here.