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Friday, May 26, 2017

Kwiatkowski Downs Top Seed Torpegaard to Reach NCAA D-I Quarterfinals; D-III Finals Set for Saturday; Crawford into Milan Grade A Semifinals; Fratangelo and Mattek-Sands Qualify for French Open

Thai Kwiatkowski reaches singles quarterfinals for third straight year
The quarterfinals are set at the NCAA Division I singles championships in Athens, with eight of the 16 players remaining unseeded.

Only two seeds remain in the women's draw, No. 6 seed Belinda Woolcock of Florida and Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, a No. 9-16 seed.

Two Midwest sectional junior rivals will meet in the top quarter, with Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor facing North Carolina freshman Sara Daavettila.  Minor defeated Mayar Sherif Ahmed 6-3, 7-5, while Daavettila ousted Cal's Karla Popovic, a 9-16 seed, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Campbell, a senior who has been on top of her game in Athens, defeated No. 4 seed Ena Shibahara of UCLA 6-2, 6-4 and will face Pepperdine freshman Ashley Lahey, who beat No. 5 seed Blair Shankle of Baylor 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

In the bottom half of the draw, a second Michigan player has advanced to the quarterfinals, with sophomore Kate Fahey defeating Jessica Livianu of St. Johns 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.  She will face Miami freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba, who defeated Mia Horvit of South Carolina 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

Woolcock will take on Gator teammate Anna Danilina after Woolcock beat Joana Valle Costa of LSU 6-3, 6-1 and Danilina eliminated home favoried Ellen Perez, a 9-16 seed, 6-4, 7-6(3).

None of last year's quarterfinalists advanced to the final eight this year.

The men's draw features only two unseeded players, and 2016 finalist Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State, the No. 1 seed, is not one of them after he fell to Virginia's Thai Kwiatkowski, a 9-16 seed, 6-1, 7-6(3). Senior Kwiatkowski, who now has reached at least the quarterfinals of the singles championships three years in a row, will play No. 5 seed Chris Eubanks of Georgia Tech next.  Eubanks beat unseeded Yuya Ito of Texas 6-3, 6-0.

No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest also fell in the third round, losing to unseeded Alex Ghilea of Oklahoma 7-6(5), 7-5. Ghilea's quarterfinal opponent is Stanford's Tom Fawcett, the No. 8 seed, who beat No. 9-16 seed Florian Lakat of Cal 7-5, 7-5.

Freshman William Blumberg continued his impressive run in Athens, with the No. 9-16 seed beating No. 6 seed Alfredo Perez of Florida 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.  He will play unseeded Jack Findel-Hawkins of North Florida, who defeated Borna Gojo of Wake Forest 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

No. 2 seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State got past No. 9-16 seed William Bushamuka of Kentucky 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and will play No. 9-16 seed Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 winner over Jolan Cailleau of Texas Tech.

Eight different teams are represented in the men's quarterfinals, but four are from ACC teams.

Draws are available at the tournament website.

The finals are set for the Division III singles championships Saturday, and at that tournament the seeding has held up very well.  The men's final will feature No. 1 seed Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury against No. 3 seed Nicolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Top seed Eudice Chong of Wesleyan will go for her third straight women's singles title against No. 2 seed Rebecca Ho of Washington-St. Louis.

The D-III tournament website is here, but I find it easier to use the Slam Tennis scoreboard because you can check results from men's and women's matches on the same page.

At the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan Italy, No. 13 seed Oliver Crawford has advanced to Saturday's semifinals. Crawford defeated Uisung Park of Korea 6-4, 6-2 and will play No. 15 seed Marko Miladinovic of Serbia. Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe will play in Saturday's girls doubles final, while Vasil Kirkov and Danny Thomas are through to the boys doubles final.

The live scoring for Milan is available here.

Two Americans qualified for the main draw of the French Open, which begins on Sunday.  No. 32 seed Bjorn Fratangelo, the 2011 boys champion at Roland Garros, defeated No. 15 seed Gerald Melzer of Austria 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(1) in third round qualifying action today. Bethanie Mattek-Sands[12] defeated Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-1 to earn her place in the main draw.

The singles draws were revealed today and can be found here.

Check out this usta.com article for news on the Americans and their first round opponents.

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