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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rotsaert, Branstine into Australian Open Juniors Third Round; All Eight Americans Advance at Les Petits As; Pro Circuit Update


Until this week, Alexandre Rotsaert's only appearance in the junior slams had been at the US Open, where he went 1-2, with his first slam win coming in 2016.  The 17-year-old from Boca Raton decided to make the trip to Melbourne for his last opportunity at play the Australian Open Junior Championships and it has proven to be his best slam yet, with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 14 seed Dan Added of France putting him in the round of 16.  Rotsaert will play No. 4 seed Yshai Oliel of Israel Wednesday(tonight in the US).

The other American in singles action on Tuesday was No. 13 seed Carson Branstine, who beat Australian wild card Baijing Lin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.  Branstine faces top seed Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland Wednesday.  For more on Branstine and her move to Montreal Canada, see the ITF junior website.

The third American still in singles, No. 2 seed Taylor Johnson, won on Monday and plays No. 16 seed Elena Rybakina of Russia next.

The second round of doubles was completed on Tuesday, with five US girls and two US boys reaching the quarterfinals: Caty McNally and Natasha Subhash[5], Johnson and Nicole Mossmer, Branstine(who is playing with Bianca Andreescu of Canada)[5], Trent Bryde and Alafia Ayeni.  Bryde and Finn Bass of Great Britain are the No. 8 seeds.  Ayeni is playing with Moerani Bouzige of Australia.

All junior matches have been streamed this week via WatchESPN.

CoCo Vandeweghe has reached the first slam semifinal of her career with an impressive 6-4, 6-0 win over French Open champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain, the No. 7 seed.  The 25-year-old Southern Californian will play No. 13 seed Venus Williams for a place in the final on Thursday.  Williams defeated No. 24 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, a two-time Australian Open girls champion, 6-4, 7-6(3).

At Les Petits As, the first round is complete, with all eight Americans into the second round.  Cori Gauff[5], Elvina Kalieva[6], Charlotte Owensby[7] and Martin Damm[6] won their first round matches Monday.  Qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova, Toby Kodat[5], Aidan Mayo[7] and Alexander Bernard[8] won their first round matches today.

The seeding held up well in the first round, with only two boys seeds--No. 9 Daniel Siniakov (brother of WTA No. 37 Katarina Siniakova) and No. 13 seed Tsotne Dzimistarishvili--and three girls seeds--Alina Shcherbinina[8], Sara Suchankova[12] and Anna Chekanskaya--failing to reach the second round.

Speaking of accomplished relatives, Bjorn Borg's son Leo is in the draw, and won his first round match Monday. All results from today, including doubles, can be found at the tournament site on Tennis Europe.

Streaming is available on three courts through this page.

Qualifying is complete at the women's $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Wesley Chapel Florida, with ITF junior No. 1 Anastasia Potapova of Russia, Stanford recruit Michaela Gordon, Sofia Sewing, Jaeda Daniel and Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine the teenagers earning berths in the main draw.  Former Notre Dame star Quinn Gleason and former Florida star Brianna Morgan also advanced to the main draw. Teliana Pereira of Brazil is the top seed, Sonya Kenin is the No. 2 seed, and wild cards were awarded to Chiara Scholl, Jessica Wacnik, Dasha Ivanova and Lauren Embree. On Wednesday, Gordon plays Sewing in the first round and Potapova plays Gleason.

At the $15,000 Futures in Weston Florida, 16-year-olds Sebastian Korda and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime each won four qualifying matches to advance to the main draw, as did former Ohio State Buckeye Hunter Callahan.  Tomas Lipovsek Puches of Brazil is the top seed, and US juniors Oliver Crawford, a Florida recruit, and Kalamazoo 16s champion Lukas Greif received wild cards. Last week's Futures champion Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia received a special exemption into the main draw.

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