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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Qualifying Complete for Women's ITA All-American Championships; Kozlov into Stockton Challenger Quarterfinals; Juniors Advance at Hilton Head $15K; TRNet's Community Service Initiative

The final round of qualifying for the ITA All-American Championships at the Riviera in Pacific Palisades was played today, and unlike the pre-qualifying, a number of top seeds did advance.

Jessie Aney of North Carolina, the No. 2 seed, earned a spot in the 32-player draw, as did No. 3 seed Felicity Maltby of Texas Texas and No. 5 seed Aliona Bolsova of Florida Atlantic.  Bolsova, who transferred from Oklahoma State after her freshman year, recently reached the semifinals of the $100,0000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Mexico.  Anastasia Rychagova of Kansas, a No. 9 seed, was the fourth seed to make the main draw.  Cal's Olivia Hauger, Idaho's Marianna Petrei, Vanderbilt's Fernanda Contreras and Florida's Brooke Austin are the unseeded players who earned their places in the main draw.  Austin ended the run of the last pre-qualifier still standing, beating Georgia freshman Katarina Jokic 2-6, 7-6, 6-3. Austin was a semifinalist at the All-Americans as a freshman in 2014.

The women's main draw seeds:
1. Ena Shibahara, UCLA
2. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech
3. Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
4. Karla Popvic, Cal
5. Kate Fahey, Michigan
6. Melissa Lord, Stanford
7. Sinead Lohan, Miami
8. Alizee Michaud, Auburn

The men's ITA All-American tournament in Tulsa had the day off today, but the first round will begin Thursday, and unlike the women's event, there will be live streaming and live scoring available. The men's seeds in the 64-player draw:

1. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
2. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
3. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
4. William Blumberg, North Carolina
5. Alfredo Perez, Florida
6. William Bushamuka, Kentucky
7. Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
8. Constantin Schmitz, Tulane
9. Thomas Laurent, Oregon
9. Spencer Papa, Oklahoma
9. Martin Redlicki, UCLA
9. Julian Cash, Oklahoma State
9. Harrison Scott, Texas
9. Gustav Hansson, Ole Miss
9. Timo Stodder, Tennessee
9. Wayne Montgomery, Georgia

The $100,000 ATP Challenger in Stockton California will feature a rematch of Sunday's Tiburon Challenger final between Cameron Norrie of Great Britain and Tennys Sandgren in Friday's quarterfinals.  Former TCU star Norrie[8], who won that match 6-2, 6-3, beat Brydan Klein 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4, while former Tennessee star Sandgren[2] defeated Liam Broady of Great Britain 7-6(7), 6-4.  Stefan Kozlov[4], who has not played since US Open qualifying, beat Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals, where the 19-year-old will face No. 6 seed Darian King of Barbados. King beat Noah Rubin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.  Michael Mmoh is the No. 3 seed in Stockton and will face Mackenzie McDonald in the second round on Thursday.

Free live streaming, with commentary by Mike Cation, is available via the USTA website.

The only women's Pro Circuit event this week is the $15,000 tournament in Hilton Head South Carolina. It's not surprising that several top juniors are participating, with Sofia Sewing, who qualified, Ann Li, Caty McNally and Great Britain's Emily Appleton through to Thursday's second round.  Georgia recruit Meg Kowalski, playing in her first Pro Circuit event, qualified, then defeated University of Texas freshman Bojana Markovic of Serbia 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance.  Sewing will face McNally, the No. 7 seed, in the second round. Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway is the No. 1 seed, with Ronit Yurovsky the No. 2 seed.

Rhiannon Potkey at the Tennis Recruiting Network is launching a community service initiative that is simple and yet has the potential to be an inspiration to all junior tennis players. Many juniors already participate in community service both in their tennis community and outside of it, and by sending a photo to Tennis Recruiting Network, they can be recognized nationally for what they do locally.  For more details, see this article.