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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Navarro, Noel Advance to ITF Grade 1 Semifinal Meeting in Belgium, Four Americans Reach Final Round of Junior Qualifying at Roland Garros, Isner, Johnson, Williams Reach French Open Third Round; Sharma, Redlicki Top Final ITA Division I Rankings

Top seed Alexa Noel and unseeded Emma Navarro advanced to the semifinals of this week's ITF Grade 1 in Belgium and they will meet Friday for a place in the final.  Noel defeated No. 7 seed Stefania Rogozinska Dzik of Poland 6-3, 6-2 and Navarro took out No. 3 seed Yuki Naito of Japan by the same score.  The other girls semifinal will feature Vanderbilt recruit Georgia Drummy of Ireland, the No. 8 seed, against No. 6 seed Viktorija Dema of Ukraine.  No. 9 seed Brandon Nakashima, the only US boys in the quarterfinals lost today to unseeded Anton Matusevich of Great Britain 6-2, 6-2. Live streaming is available at the tournament's YouTube Channel.

Top seeds Noel and Naho Sato of Japan have reached the doubles final after beating No. 4 seed Kacie Harvey and Slovakia's Lenka Stara 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-7.

Four Americans advanced to Friday's final round of qualifying for the French Open Junior Championships.  Peyton Stearns[5] is the only US girl to advance; William Woodall, Govind Nanda[10] and Tyler Zink[1] are the US boys playing for a main draw spot.  Live scoring is available at Tennis Ticker.

Serena Williams, John Isner [9] and Steve Johnson advanced to the third round today at Roland Garros, with No. 10 Sloane Stephens and No. 13 seed Madison Keys playing their third round matches on Friday. Stephens plays Camila Giorgi of Italy, while Keys takes on No. 21 seed Naomi Osaka of Japan.


The ITA released the season's final singles and doubles rankings yesterday, with the final team rankings published last week.  I've expanded from my usual Top 10 to Top 20 for singles and from Top 5 to Top 10 for doubles, because any player appearing in those groups have earned All-American status. The official All-American teams will be published later, but Top 20 or Top 10 in the final rankings is one of the criteria. The headings are links to the complete ITA rankings.

And before we get too far removed from the team event, I wanted to add the Division I  All-Tournament teams, which I had some trouble locating.

D-I All-Tournament Women's Team
No. 1 Singles - Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt
No. 2 Singles - Melissa Lord, Stanford
No. 3 Singles - Caroline Lampl, Stanford
No. 4 Singles - Ida Jarlskog, Georgia Tech
No. 5 Singles - Janice Shin, Stanford
No. 6 Singles - Emma Higuchi, Stanford

No. 1 Doubles - Astra Sharma and Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt
No. 2 Doubles - Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith, Vanderbilt
No. 3 Doubles - Meible Chi and Hannah Zhao, Duke

Most Outstanding Player - Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

D-I All-Tournament Men's Team
No. 1 Singles - Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
No. 2 Singles - Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
No. 3 Singles - Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M
No. 4 Singles - Kyle Seelig, Ohio State
No. 5 Singles - Juan Carlos Aguilar, Texas A&M
No. 6 Singles - Martin Joyce, Ohio State

No. 1 Doubles - Borna Gojo and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
No. 2 Doubles - Bar Botzer and Chrysochos, Wake Forest
No. 3 Doubles - Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player - Bar Botzer, Wake Forest

Final Division I ITA Rankings 2017-18 season:

Women’s Team:
1. Stanford (15)
2. Vanderbilt (2)
3. North Carolina (1)
4. Duke (3)
5. Georgia Tech (4)
6. Texas (5)
7. Georgia (7)
8. Ole Miss (6)
9. Texas Tech(11)
10. UCLA (14)

Women’s Singles:
1. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (11)
2. Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss (7)
3. Bianca Turati, Texas (1)
4. Makenna Jones, North Carolina (2)
5. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami (3)
6. Ashley Lahey, Pepperdine (17)
7. Samantha Harris, Duke (6)
8. Gabriela Knutson, Syracuse (5)
9. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas (8)
10. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt (10)
11. Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine (22)
12. Paige Hourigan, Georgia Tech (14)
13. Ena Shibahara, UCLA (9)
14. Andrea Lazaro, Florida International (13)
15. Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Florida Atlantic (4)
16. Anna Danilina, Florida (18)
17. Katarina Jokic, Georgia (12)
18. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech (21)
19. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (27)
20. Stacey Fung, Washington (16)

Women’s Doubles:
1. Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech (1)
2. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke (9)
3. Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, North Carolina (2)
4. Fernanda Contreras and Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (11)
5. Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco, Oklahoma State (14)
6. Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, Stanford (3)
7. Arianne Hartono and Alexa Bortles, Ole Miss (5)
8. Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, Syracuse (8)
9. Erin Larner and Maddie Lipp, Northwestern (4)
10. Samantha Harris and Kelly Chen, Duke (6)

Men’s Team:
1. Wake Forest (1)
2. Ohio State (3)
3. UCLA (2)
4. Texas A&M (5)
5. Mississippi State (7)
6. North Carolina (6)
7. Stanford (4)
8. Illinois (9)
9. TCU (8)
10. Florida (13)

Men’s Singles:
1. Martin Redlicki, UCLA (1)
2. William Blumberg, North Carolina (3)
3. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (4)
4. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (2)
5. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (6)
6. Borna Gojo, Wake Forest (7)
7. Patrick Kypson, Texas A&M (5)
8. Mazen Osama, Alabama (10)
9. Aleks Vukic, Illinois (13)
10. Ryotaro Matsumura, Kentucky (8)
11. Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (12)
12. Brandon Holt, USC (11)
13. Tom Fawcett, Stanford (9)
14. Alfredo Perez, Florida (14)
15. Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State (23)
16. Timo Stodder, Tennessee (16)
17. Constantin Schmitz, Tulane (15)
18. Jose Salazar, Arkansas (18)
19. Alex Knight, Michigan (17)
20. Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt (26)

Men’s Doubles:
1. Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic, Mississippi State (1)
2. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida (5)
3. William Blumberg and Robert Kelly, North Carolina (2)
4. Juan Carlos Aguilar and Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M (3)
5. Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu, UCLA (29)
6. Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith, UCLA (16)
7. Korey Lovett and Eero Vasa, UCF (8)
8. Guillermo Nu├▒ez and Alex Rybakov, TCU (6)
9. Brandon Holt and Riley Smith, USC (10)
10. Jack Jaede and Laurens Verboven, USC (9)

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