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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fifteen Americans Reach Third Round at Porto Alegre Grade A; Virginia Men, Florida Women Remain No. 1; Lao Ousts Top Seed Maria in Surprise $25K

Seven US girls and eight US boys have advanced to the round of 16 at the ITF Grade A in Porto Alegre Brazil.

Top seed Amanda Anisimova, No. 7 seed Sofia Sewing, No. 9 seed Whitney Osuigwe and No. 14 seed Hailey Baptiste were expected to advance given their seedings, but Vanessa Ong, Lea Ma and Elysia Bolton were not.  Ong beat No. 8 seed Yang Lee of Taiwan 6-3, 6-0, while Ma and Bolton, who play each other for a spot in the quarterfinals Thursday, both defeated qualifiers today.

There is one all-US boys match on Thursday, with No. 8 seed Trent Bryde facing Alafia Ayeni in a battle of doubles partners.  Seeded US boys advancing today are No. 3 Vasil Kirkov, No. 7 Oliver Crawford, No. 11 Gianni Ross, No. 12 Danny Thomas and No. 15 Patrick Kypson. Unseeded Sangeet Sridhar defeated No. 16 seed Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 today.

The ITA today released its post-Team Indoor rankings for women. Because No. 1 Florida defeated No. 2 North Carolina in the Team Indoor final on Monday, they obviously held their positions. Georgia and Ohio State moved up based on their semifinal showings at the Team Indoor, and Michigan and Texas Tech entered the Top 10 based on their performances at the tournament.  This is the last week for team rankings by poll, with the computer taking over next week.

ITA WOMEN'S TOP TEN: (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Florida (1)
2. North Carolina (2)
3. Georgia (6)
4. Ohio State (7)
5. Stanford (4)
6. Oklahoma State (5)
7. Texas Tech (12)
8. Pepperdine (3)
9. Cal (8)
10. Michigan (13)

No men's rankings were published this week due to the upcoming Men's Team Indoor.

The USTA's poll was released today with results for both men and women. The full Top 25 list can be viewed by clicking on the headings.

USTA MEN'S TOP TEN: (votes received in parentheses)
1. Virginia (148)
2. Ohio State (143)
3. Wake Forest (137)
4. Florida (130)
5. California (116)
6. Northwestern(113)
7. USC (109)
T8. North Carolina (108)
T8. UCLA (108)
10. Oklahoma (91)

1. Florida (150)
2. North Carolina (144)
3. Ohio State (135)
4. Georgia (127)
T5. Oklahoma St (124)
T5. Stanford (124)
T7. Cal (108)
T7. Texas Tech (108)
9. Michigan (104)
10. Pepperdine (103)

I'm back in Michigan, so I won't have any more on-site coverage of the $15,000 Orlando Futures, but I'll still be following it with interest for the rest of the week.

Eleven first round singles matches today completed the first round, with 16-year-old wild card Sebastian Korda the youngest player to record a victory.  Korda defeated qualifier Mico Santiago 6-2, 6-3 for the fourth Futures win of his career. In order to equal his best Futures showing, a quarterfinal appearance in Weston last month, Korda will need to defeat top seed Michael Linzer of Austria, who is ranked 306..

Three qualifiers advanced to the second round: former Elon star Cameron Silverman, former Texas A&M standout Junior Ore and 18-year-old Genaro Olivieri of Argentina. Olivieri rolled past No. 7 seed Kaichi Uchida of Japan 6-2, 6-0.

The doubles semifinals are set, with top seeds Connor Smith and Rhyne Williams the only seeds in the final four.

At the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Surprise Arizona, top seed and Dow Tennis Classic champion Tatjana Maria of Germany fell to wild card Danielle Lao 6-1, 6-2.  The former USC star will face Raveena Kingsley in Thursday's second round action.  Fifteen-year-old qualifier Anastasia Potapova of Russia defeated 16-year-old wild card Taylor Johnson 7-5, 6-2, while two 16-year-olds, Claire Liu and Bianca Andreescu of Canada, set up a rematch of their 2015 Orange Bowl quarterfinal, won by Andreescu. Liu defeated No. 6 seed Catalina Pella of Argentina 6-3, 6-4. No. 8 seed Sonya Kenin and qualifier Caroline Dolehide will meet in a battle of 18-year-olds, with Dolehide having won their most recent match last year. Qualifier Maria Sanchez is the sixth American to advance to the second round.


Flap Jacks said...

I noticed the #1 player for the Florida Gator Womens Team, the last 2 yrs, is playing 5 in the lineup this yr. Is she hurt? Why is she playing so far down in the lineup? I don't believe Florida had 4 freshman recruits better than Austin...What's up with the Lineup? She is still at #1 Dbls.

musical chairs said...

There is no way Brooke should be playing #5 singles. She is healthy however her game has regressed every year since she has been at Florida. Currently, she should be their #2 player. Even Keegan at #6 singles is a stretch. Danilina and Kuhlman should be there #5 & #6 players respectively. So the order of merit should be Woolcock, Austin, Neel, Keegan, Danilina, Kuhlman.

Roland had that lineup at Indoors because he can get away with it this early in the season. No doubt it will change, to my lineup, as season progresses.