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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eight Americans Reach Grade A Porto Alegre Quarterfinals; Neel Heads ITA Women's Indoor All-Tournament Team; Pro Circuit Update

Four US girls and four US boys have advanced to Friday's quarterfinals at the ITF Grade A tournament in Porto Alegre Brazil.

Top seed Amanda Anisimova continues to cruise through the draw, beating No. 15 seed Anastasia Iamachkine of Peru 6-0, 6-1 in the third round. The 15-year-old has lost only six games this week and will play unseeded Sofia Munera Sanchez of Colombia in the quarterfinals. Munera Sanchez defeated Vanessa Ong 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. Anisimova is the only American girl in the top half; unseeded Elysia Bolton will play No. 14 seed Hailey Baptiste for a place in the semifinals.

Bolton edged Lea Ma 4-6, 7-6, 7-6(2), while the 15-year-old Baptiste took out No. 3 seed Emily Appleton of Great Britain 7-5, 6-1.  This is the first Grade A quarterfinal appearance for both Baptiste and the 16-year-old Bolton. No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing defeated unseeded Moyuka Uchijima of Japan 6-4, 6-2, and will play No. 2 seed Amina Anshba of Russia in the quarterfinals.

Fourteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe's winning streak on the South American clay ended at 12, when the No. 9 seed was beaten by No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

All four US boys remaining are seeded, and they also have one all-USA quarterfinal, with No. 3 seed Vasil Kirkov facing No. 11 seed Gianni Ross.  Kirkov got past Alex Geller of Argentina 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-6(5) and Ross defeated No. 5 seed Sebastian Baez  of Argentina 7-6(0), 6-2, avenging a recent Orange Bowl loss.

No. 7 seed Oliver Crawford defeated No. 9 seed Francisco Vittar of Argentina 6-0, 6-0 and will meet No. 2 seed Yuta Shimizu of Japan in the quarterfinals. Shimizu downed No. 15 seed Patrick Kypson 7-5, 6-4.

In the top half of the draw, No. 8 seed Trent Bryde has reached his first Grade A quarterfinal, defeating doubles partner Alafia Ayeni 6-4, 6-3 in the third round today. He will play unseeded Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida of Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Live streaming and Friday's order of play is available at the tournament website.

The all-Tournament team for the ITA Women's Team Indoor was announced today, with Florida freshman Ingrid Neel named Most Outstanding Player.

No. 1 singles: Hayley Carter, North Carolina
No. 2 singles: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
No. 3 singles: Ingrid Neel, Florida*
No. 4 singles: Aliona Bolsova, Oklahoma State
No. 5 singles: Brooke Austin, Florida
No. 6 singles: Kourtney Keegan, Florida

*Most Outstanding Player

In a rare circumstance, none of the three all-tournament doubles teams were from the teams that made the final four.

No. 1 doubles: Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine
No. 2 doubles: Aliona Bolsova and Sofia Blanco, Oklahoma State
No. 3 doubles: Felicity Maltby and Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech

For the tournament results of all these players, see the ITA release.

The ITA Men's Team Indoor begins tomorrow in Virginia.  Bobby Knight has his preview at College Tennis Today and Granger Huntress looks at the probabilities at Texas College Tennis.  FloTennis will provide streaming, which requires a subscription.

The quarterfinals are set for the $15,000 Orlando Futures and the $25,000 Women's event in Surprise Arizona.  Only one American remains in Orlando, Jared Hiltzik, who advanced with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over qualifier Cameron Silverman.

Qualifier Caroline Dolehide, who today beat No. 8 seed Sonya Kenin 6-3, 7-5, and wild card Danielle Lao are the only US women to advance to the quarterfinals in Surprise.  Lao, who beat top seed Tatjana Maria of Germany on Wednesday, advanced to the quarterfinals when Raveena Kingsley retired trailing 6-4, 3-2.