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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Anisimova Gets Top 100 Win in WTA Honolulu $125K; Buckeyes Advance at Columbus $25K Futures; Eddie Herr Qualifying Begins Wednesday; Service Lets Trial Coming to ITF Junior Circuit


US Open girls champion Amanda Anisimova defeated No. 2 seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-0, 6-1 today to advance to the second round of the $125,000 WTA tournament in Honolulu Hawaii. Allie Kiick, Julia Boserup, Danielle Lao, Jacqueline Cako and Sachia Vickery[6] have also advanced to the second round.  Vickery defeated Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-6(2) avenging her loss in Sunday's final at the $25,000 tournament in Norman Oklahoma.

The $25,000 Columbus Futures is unsurprisingly filled with Ohio State Buckeyes, with two of them facing off in the second round on Wednesday.  Senior Mikael Torpegaard, who beat No. 4 seed Ed Corrie 6-4, 6-2 today, will play freshman John McNally, who defeated Illinois sophomore Noe Khlif 7-5, 6-2.  Sophomore JJ Wolf was the third current Ohio State player to advance, beating Nico Mostardi 6-2, 6-2, while former Buckeye Hunter Callahan also picked up a first round win. Top seeds Christian Harrison and Alex Sarkissian posted straight-sets wins in their first round matches.

Qualifying for the 12s, 14s and 16s divisions at the Eddie Herr International begins Wednesday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.  Draws can be found at Tennis Link.

Announcements of changes coming to the Grand Slams were released today, with a serve clock of 25 seconds being used this year at the Australian Open, and beginning in 2019, the seeds being reduced from 32 to 16.  The problem of less than healthy players retiring in the first round just to claim the prize money has been addressed, with a 50% split to a lucky loser and a player who withdraws at the last minute.  For more on these changes, see this article.

On Thursday, look for the first of a two-part article I wrote for the Tennis Recruiting Network about how several players I spoke to at the Champaign Challenger feel about many of the recent trials and experiments that have been tested.

Not be left out, the ITF Junior Circuit has joined the no-let experiment, according to a recent message from the ITF as shown in the tweet below. I don't have any more information about that now, but I will try to find out more while I'm in Florida covering the two big ITF events there.


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