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Monday, January 16, 2017

Junior Orange Bowl Slideshow, Videos; Thirteen Americans Advance on First Day of Australian Open; All Eight US Juniors Through to Third Round at Nike International

Wrapping up last month's major junior tournaments in Florida with a slideshow of the top six finishers in the Junior Orange Bowl, the international tournament for the 12s and 14s divisions.  Also below are YouTube videos of the finals, one for each final, due to the ability to shoot from behind the courts.  The boys 12s video is courtesy of Tennis Analytics.

Please note that names on the photographs, but full captions can be found by toggling the Closed Caption box or changing your settings via the gear symbol.

Before the second day of play at the Australian Open gets underway tonight, I wanted to posted the Americans results of the first day, with 13 of the 20 on the schedule advancing to the third round. Shelby Rogers had the biggest win, taking out No. 4 seed Simona Halep of Romania, while Bjorn Fratangelo and Noah Rubin went three sets before the 20-year-old former Wake Forest star prevailed. He will play Roger Federer in the second round. Twelve Americans are on the schedule for Tuesday, including both reigning USTA 18s champions, Michael Mmoh and Kayla Day. Coverage is available on ESPN 2 and WatchESPN.

Two young Australians, both still eligible for junior play in 2017, advanced to the second round.  Alex De Minaur defeated Gerald Melzer of Austria 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 and Jaimee Fourlis defeated Anna Tatishvili, who is just returning from injury, 6-4, 6-3 to claim their first pro slam wins.

Monday’s 1st round results for Americans:

Shelby Rogers def. Simona Halep[4](ROU) 6-3, 6-1
Venus Williams[13] def. Kateryna Kozlova(UKR) 7-6(5), 7-5
CoCo Vandeweghe def. Roberta Vinci[15](ITA) 6-1, 7-6(3)
Eugenie Bouchard(CAN) def. Louisa Chirico 6-0, 6-4
Sam Querrey[31](USA) def. Quentin Halys(FRA) 6-7(10), 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4
Jack Sock[23] def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert(FRA) 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3
Samantha Crawford def. Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Kristina Kucova(SVK) def. Christina McHale 6-4, 6-0
Noah Rubin def. Bjorn Fratangelo 6-7(4), 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Alison Riske def. Madison Brengle 7-5, 6-3
Varvara Lepchenko def. Kiki Bertens[19](NED) 7-5, 7-6(5)
Jaimee Fourlis(AUS) def. Anna Tatishvili 6-4, 6-3
Ryan Harrison def. Nicolas Mahut(FRA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
John Isner[19] def. Konstantin Kravchuk(RUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1
Julia Boserup def. Francesca Schiavone(ITA) 6-2, 6-4
Steve Johnson def. Federico Delbonis(ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Natalia Vikhlyantseva(RUS) def. Vania King 6-3, 6-2

Tuesday's first round matches involving Americans:

Belinda Bencic(SUI) vs. Serena Williams[2]
Reilly Opelka vs. David Goffin(BEL)[11]
Jared Donaldson vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva(BRA)
Jennifer Brady vs. Johanna Larsson(SWE)
Kayla Day vs. Andrea Petkovic(GER)
Thomas Fabbiano(ITA) vs. Donald Young
Gilles Muller(LUX) vs. Taylor Fritz
Irina Falconi vs. Xinyun Han(CHN)
Frances Tiafoe vs. Mikhail Kukushkin(KAZ)
Gilles Simon[25](FRA) vs. Michael Mmoh
Timea Babos[25](HUN) vs. Nicole Gibbs
Daniil Medvedev(RUS) vs. Ernesto Escobedo

The second round of the Nike International in Bolton saw all eight Americans advance to the third round, with the four seeded Americans: Cori Gauff[1], Charlotte Owensby[8], Martin Damm[7] and Toby Kodat[4] won their opening matches (they had byes in the first round) in straight sets, as did unseeded Aidan Mayo, Alexander Bernard, Elvina Kalieva and Alexandra Yepifanova.  Top boys seed Derrick Chen of Great Britain was beaten by Pedro Boscardin Dias of Brazil.

Complete draws are at the Tennis Europe tournament website.